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As a pediatrician, how do personal feelings come up into work?

Do you associate feelings when it comes to work? Does a patient remind you of someone you know and that affects you relationship wise? Does the environment affect how you feel? #doctor #nurse #pediatrician #healthcare #pediatrics

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Mrine’s Answer

Hey Aileen
A pediatrician, is someone who works with young patients, so when it comes to feelings getting personal, it might because you are working with young kids, and when they are hurting, you going to feel bad for them. Or let's say they are in so much pain, and there's nothing you can do, it is going to breaks your heart! Sometimes personal feelings might comes to when you developed a relationship with the patient's parents.

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Estelle’s Answer

To answer your multiple questions:

Being a true pediatrician is a challenging but rewarding field. Taking care of sick kids can weigh heavily on the hearts of doctors. However, seeing a child recover from an illness can be very rewarding.

As a physician, when a patient reminds you of someone that you know, that is called transference. It happens more than you would expect. However, it is important to always treat patients fairly and equally, and not become too emotionally involved.

If you were referring to a working environment, being part of a team that is supportive and caring helps me be a better physician.

That was helpful! Thank you! Sammy G.