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How many hours do a pediatrician work a week ?

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Leonard A.’s Answer

Chasity -

Thanks for your question. There is no easy answer. Pediatricians today tend to work in group practices. Physicians within the practice "cover" for one another when patients have medical needs after hours. In years past, many physicians had individual practices and had to be available 24 hours a day for emergencies. Today, not so much. Another physician in the practice may be "on call" to address an urgent matter.

Also, those that enter the medical profession today have greater control over their time. One of my family members chooses to practice medicine only two days per week. She balances her time with family and does not want a full time career. Others may want and be motivated to work a full week. The good news is that the medical profession can accommodate both types of individuals. There is no right or wrong. It is a personal family decision.

Good luck as your consider your career path!
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Sheila’s Answer

Hi Chasity:

Thank you for your question. There's no right or wrong answer to your question. Some Pediatricians are in a group practice, private practice, or may chose to work a few days a week. Speaking from personal experience, my son is a Pediatrician and is specializing in a chosen area. When he was in residency he worked hours according to the program's schedule. Now he's in a fellowship program where his hours are a little more stable. Best of luck to you!

~ Sheila

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