Pediatric Doctor’s Job Description

posted on Mar 08, 2011
Jeanie Marshal
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Infants, children and young adults get health care services from pediatricians. Ailments of young people are diagnosed and treated well by the pediatricians, which helps in their growth to adulthood. Health care professionals like nurses and medical specialists work with pediatricians for a better treatment to their young patients. Medical conditions like colds, flu and minor injuries, routine physical exams, immunizations, physicals and health screenings are administered by the pediatricians.

Besides usual health care problems, adolescent medicine, cardiology, critical care and emergency medicine, endocrinology, gastroenterology, hematology and oncology, infectious diseases, neonatal and perinatal medicine, nephrology, pulmonology and rheumatology and other pediatric related subspecialities are diagnosed by pediatricians. Behavioral difficulties, developmental disorders, depression and emotional disorders are also counseled by them. Persons suffering from chronic disease like diabetes and asthma can consult pediatricians for a better treatment.

Pediatricians do have long working hours. Sometimes, during private practice periods, it goes more than 60 hours in a week. Their working environment is pleasant and soothing. Typically they work in a well lighted exam room and hospitals. Those work on a call basis, the working hours are not consistent. They may counsel patient at irregular times. Pediatricians who start afresh join clinics, hospitals, group medical practices and health networks.

Physians and pediatricians undergo a challenging education and training requirement. Pediatric physicals must have a four-year undergraduate program and a four-year medical school program followed by a a three-year pediatric residency program. After successfully completing the pediatric residency program, pediatricians go through the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). Then they can apply for certification from the American Board of Pediatrics. For licensing, pediatricians can register the choice of their state to practice medicine.

An undergraduate work in English, physics, biology, humanities, social sciences, mathematics and inorganic and organic chemistry is a must for prospective medical students. For practical experience, they can prepare in clinics and local hospitals. Besides, one needs to posses qualities like business acumen, self-discipline, sensitivity and ability to handle patients to be successful in this field.

The reports published by Payscale shows that the average annual base salaries of pediatricians recruitment in US ranges from $99,817 to $142,280 as of June 2010.  Besides from bonus payouts, profit-sharing plans and commission, they have an extra income which ranges from $1,538 to $18,313. With base salary, bonus, profit-sharing and commission the total salary of pediatric physicians working in US ranges from $101,886 to $149,065 as of June 2010.

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