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How many days do you have to work a week as a Pediatrician and hours? What are the averages days off in a week of a Pediatrician?

I'm in 8th Grade. I dreamed of becoming a Pediatrician. I want to experience workdays. I just can't wait! #pediatrician #work

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Fred’s Answer

Like most things, the answer is "it depends". If you have a private practice, you can set your own hours. However, you get paid based on the number of patients you see. A physician is really in a service industry, so you have to often meet your patients needs. Some pediatricians work Saturdays, and may take a week-day off.

Many pediatricians also carry a pager to cover off hours emergencies. So while you may not be in the office, you may get paged while at dinner. These duties are often shared with other doctors, so you may be on call one week, and then only work office hours the next.

Note: I am not a pediatrician - this is all based on my experience with doctors.
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RAVI’s Answer

It is really good to know you have great goal and ambition. You have plenty of time and you really have to work hard to get there. Wish you all the best!

As you go into more professional field like a doctor and the higher up you go, the times you work is many a time under your control. For e.g: Someone working as a waiter or a worker in a store probably cannot define their work hours. They are at the mercy of their manager. However a manager may have a bit more flexibility. Higher up managers have probably more flexibility than the lower level managers.

Similarly a Pediatrician's job as well. Pediatrician is already at a higher level and has some flexibility. Depending on where they work - in a hospital vs, their own practice, they have different levels of freedom in defining their work hours 20, 30, 40 or more hours and also when they are working - Monday through Friday or over weekends or just a few days a week.
Number of hours one works also depends on their financial situation at any given point of time. As you grow older, you can reduce the number of hours one works as I am sure they are getting financially more secure.

So, it all depends on where you work, what kind of pediatrician's job you want to work in, and one's onw family and financial situation.
Since you are still very young, my advice is for you to enjoy high school, relax and learn, focus on your studies and become a pediatrician.
Do not stress too much about work life as a pediatrician yet.

Note: I am not anywhere close to a medical field. But I have a daughter who is just starting medical school. She had the same type of questions and she is learning as she is progressing as well. My answers are based on things I have learnt, the pediatricians I visited with my daughters as they gre up. Hope this helps.
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Benjamin’s Answer

It really does depend on where & how you chose to practice.

You can have a 9am - 5pm job working as a pediatrician for an organization. Some organizations hire part-time MD's - you'd do that if it works for you. Others have positions for well-over 40-hours per week.

Private practitioners work for themselves and set their own hours. They have to cover all the costs of operating their private offices, their staff & supplies. But ultimately they are their own bosses and they decide how hard/when they want to work.

There is an enormous amount of variability/freedom once you become a physician. It all depends on what you chose to prioritize.
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Mark’s Answer

Hi Sammy!

Fred and Benjamin hit the nail on the head! "It depends"... It really does depend, but on average, a Pediatrician works 50 hours a week. This includes time spent in the office, visiting patients in the hospital, doing the paperwork and even being on call. Many pediatricians make themselves available to their patients after regular office hours, which can mean nights and weekends. To offset this, some take off a day during the work week.

Hope this helps!!
Mark
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