What Is A Pediatrician?
Pediatricians are physicians who specialize in the care of
infants, children, and adolescents.
•Refer to and collaborate with specialists should your child need care
from another type of doctor.
•Do physical exams (Yeah! We all love those.)
•Give your child recommended immunizations
•Make sure your child is meeting developmental
milestones in growth, behavior, and skills
•Diagnose and treat your child's illnesses, infections, injuries, and
other health problems
•Give you information about your child's health, safety, nutrition, and
•Answer your questions about your child's growth and development
Pediatrician: A Quick Look
Pediatrician: A Quick Look
Median Salary $167,640 per annum
Entry-level education Medical Degree
On-the-job training Pediatric Residency
Primary employers Physician’s Offices
Number of positions (U.S.) 30,560
Job Growth (2010-2020) 24% (Faster than national average)
New positions (2010-2020) +8,550
How to become a Pediatrician?
• • 4 years completing an undergraduate degree
• • 4 years in medical school
• 3-4 years internship/residency
• To become a pediatrician you need 11-12 years of school after you
completed high school
• You need to take a really important exam during your senior year
of college which is called the MCAT is a lot of competition.
• There is many steps and it’s a long process to become a
pediatrician but it’s worth it. Most important on becoming a
pediatrician is knowing that you are not just doing it for the money
but because you will enjoy it and it’s you passion helping people.
Average MCAT Scores for Accepted Students
Medical School Verbal Biological Sciences Physical Sciences Average Total Score
Harvard 10.76 12.48 12.36 35.6
University of Pennsylvania 11 13 13 37
Johns Hopkins NA NA NA 38
University of California – San
11 12 12 35
Washington University – St.
NA NA NA 36
University of Washington 10.3 11.1 11.0 32.4
University of Michigan NA NA NA 34.20
Yale NA NA NA 36
Duke University NA NA NA 31.9
Columbia University NA NA NA 35.7
o Regardless of specialization, you must complete
pre-medical coursework in order to be considered
for admission to medical school.
o One-year-long classes in biology, general
chemistry, organic chemistry and physics must be
o Additionally, some medical schools may
require, high level math, genetics and
o Other schools may recommend certain classes
such as Spanish and computer skills.
Medical schools do not restrict you to areas of
Any majors or bachelor's degrees are
allowed, and even encouraged, in hopes of
creating well-rounded future doctors.
You should take classes that can strengthen
your application and provide medical schools
with knowledge of your passion for pediatrics.
While you have the freedom to take any
classes outside the required classes, you must
take care to emphasize your desire to become
a doctor and pediatrician.
Classes such as child development and child
and adolescent psychology would complement
In addition to your
coursework, you can provide
medical schools of further
evidence of your passion that
Take the opportunity to work
or volunteer in a children's
hospital or in an environment
where your dedication to
children is showed.
On any and all levels of your
prospective application, you
want to emphasize how you
can be a great doctor and
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What Kind of Workplace
Environment Is a Pediatrician
Most pediatricians work in an office environment, mostly in group
practice, where several physicians join together to practice. Pediatricians also
commonly work solo or in two-physician practices. The fewer physicians
working in an office, the more responsibilities there are in terms of supervising
support staff, patient caseload and being on call to answer patients'
emergencies as they arise. On the whole, though, office work environments
The work environment of about 17 percent of pediatricians in 2010, the
academy says, was a hospital, often a teaching hospital. Usually, hospital-
based pediatricians are subspecialists, working in areas such as pediatric
rheumatology, pediatric cardiology and pediatric emergency medicine. Not
only do they practice their subspecialties, they guide new doctors.
Pediatricians do not work in a solitary environment, spending the majority of
time with others. When providing direct care, almost the entire work day will
call for constant contact with patients and their families. Pediatricians also
supervise staff and collaborate with colleagues.
Is a Pediatrician the most paid
No, a Pediatrician is one of the doctor’s that fit in the category of Worst-
The 10 least paid doctors are:
Family medicine doctors: $158,000
Internal medicine doctors: $165,000
HIV/infectious disease specialists: $170,000
the least ten paid doctors list.
What is the Average Number
of Hours a Pediatrician
A pediatrician's hours will vary
depending on his or her
preference, the needs of the hospital
or clinic where they work, and the
Pediatricians spend some time seeing
patients in a clinic setting.
They also have on-call hours where
they work in a hospital setting for a
Most pediatricians spend a certain
number of their off hours working on
paperwork and catching up on
patients' charts. These are hours of
work that don't factor into clinic hours
or on-call hours.
Hippocrates, Aristotle, Celsus, Soranus, and
Galen, understood the difference in growing and
maturing organisms that necessitated different
In the western world, the first generally accepted
pediatric hospital is the Hospital for Sick Children, which
opened in pairs in June 1802 on the site of a previous
In the USA, the first similar institutions were the
children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, which opened in
1855, and then Boston Children’s Hospital in 1869.
Can a Pediatrician Set His or
Her Own Hours?
Yes, a pediatrician can set his or her own hours to a degree.
Some hospital organizations may offer a choice between
full-time and part-time positions for a pediatrician.
Full-time hours would range between 7-9 hours for a
Part-time work may range from 4-6 hours a day.
In addition to a choice between full- and part-time work, a
more experienced pediatrician may set up his own private
practice where he can have more control over his hours.
However, for someone who wants a career in medicine and
to work directly with children, pediatric medicine provides
Some pediatricians may have flexibility in the number of
hours they work
Fun Facts about Pediatrics!
Pediatrics is the medical branch that focuses on the
physical and emotional well-being of children.
Pediatricians are primarily involved with the care of
children, but they also treat children who have minor or
The average annual salary for pediatricians is $154,295.
The London Foundling Hospital, specializing in child
care, was established in 1745. By the nineteenth
century, pediatrics was taught in medical school and by
the end it focused on infectious disease.
List of Good U.S. Schools for
School Name Distinction Location
Baylor College of Medicine Home to the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative Houston, Texas
Partners in Health Education program allows medical students to teach
children about healthcare
Hanover, New Hampshire
Oregon Health and Science University
Research opportunities available through the Pediatric Clinical Research
Pediatric Resident Committee on Diversity and Multicultural Affairs
recruits diverse students for the residency program
University of Colorado
First pediatric liver transplant performed at the university's medical
University of Michigan
Ranked 14th in pediatrics research by U.S. News & World Report in
Ann Arbor, Michigan
University of North Carolina Pediatrics department offers 13 specialty divisions Chapel Hill, North Carolina pediatrician17
Pros of Becoming a
You have a really good salary
You get to help people
Another possible advantage for pediatricians is the ability to
work in neighborhoods and communities where it is possible to
raise a family
You have a great amount of knowledge
It soon became apparent that because of body
size, mass and resistance to illness differed
from adults that the medical specialty of
pediatricians was born. Other countries slowly
followed suit and now it is generally accepted
that if one’s child has a medical emergency
one looks for a Pediatrician.