CAREER RESEARCH ASSIGNMENT<br />NAME: Esther RodulfaDate: May 10, 2010<br />PART A:<br /><ul><li>Focus AreaCareer ChoiceHealth CarePediatricianNurse PractitionerBusinessHospital and Health Care AdministratorEntrepreneurship</li></ul>PART B:<br />My career to research is: PEDIATRICS <br /><ul><li>Job Description: brief description of ob, any personality trait that are helpful and special skills needed.
Ensure the wellness and healthiness of newborns to adolescents such as diagnosing illnesses and other health problems
Work with the community as well as the parents on the safety of children.
After diagnosing a patient, the pediatrician should make recommendations, communicate with parents on the treatment that should be taken, and may communicate with other specialists.
Patience, compassion, resilience, open-mindedness, and sense of humor are very essential traits a pediatrician should have.
Good interviewing skills, communication skills, and listening skills are the special skills a pediatrician should have.
Working Conditions: the usual hours of work (shift, overtime, weekends, etc) are there any age gender, or physical requirements? Physical layout of workplace (office, outside, etc.) Hazards or risks of the job.
Working hours of pediatricians varies. For example, from 10 am to 2 pm, a pediatrician may do hospital rounds, talk with families, review lab results, and examine patients. Another pediatrician, from 7:30 am to 9 am, may examine babies, measure babies’ length, and explain proper way of feeding babies to parents; then from 1 pm to 2 pm, eat lunch, make phone calls to patients, and read mail.
The average working hours of a pediatrician are 50 hours a week.
There is no age, gender, or physical requirement in becoming a pediatrician, as long as the person attends 4 years in college and 4 years in medical schools, obtains a high score in the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test), and completes a year of pediatrics internship and two years of pediatric residency.
Unable to figure out the problem of an infant can be fatal and making wrong diagnosis can remove the license of a pediatrician.
The workplace may be in a hospital or small private offices or clinics.
Wages and Earnings: Is it salary? Do you get paid overtime? What is the starting wage? Top wage? Average wage? Future wages? Any benefits such as extended medical, dental, insurance, etc.?
The salary for pediatricians with less than year of experience is between $8.00 and $60.00 an hour.
Pediatricians with 10 to 20 years of experience receive salary ranging from $50.00 to $100.00 an hour.
According to the United States Bureau of Labor, the average salary of a pediatrician is $153, 370 as of May 2008.
Pediatricians receive annual bonuses, with the average of $3,978 to $10,075.
Many employers pay for the educational costs of pediatricians to keep their medical license.
Career Path: Where do you begin in this career? How do you move up? What is the outlook at present? What are the different levels? How are they different?
Before graduating undergraduate college, I would have to undergo a Premed program, where I would have to complete a semester of Calculus, two years in Biology, a year of English, a year of Physics, and two years of Chemistry.
For my Bachelor Degree, I would take nursing, and then specialize in pediatrics nursing. Other than this, I will take several internships involving child care and diagnosing illnesses. I may take psychology and drama as minor. By doing all these, a medical school may accept me.
There are three possible levels of experience: The first one requires Doctor of Medicine degree (MD). The second one requires three years of experience as a resident in pediatrics and successful completion of medical licensing exams. The third one requires numerous years of experience, a solid reputation, and established group of patients.
The first level of experience is called resident in Pediatrics and works with patients under supervision of licensed doctors. The second level is called Pediatrician and works with patients with parents or families without any supervision. The third level is called established Pediatrician and do responsibilities of the first and second level, but advocate children’s problems, accomplish research activities, and perform administrative activities.
As of now, I am still skeptic of being accepted into medical school and attending a good college due to lack of financial support. But I believe obtaining good grades and handling stress in a healthy way will prepare me for the future.
Education and Training Requirements: Describe the education/training or work experience required for this occupation. Include the type of education, length of training, and cost of training. Do you need special licenses or certificates? Does work involve technology?
Before becoming a certified Pediatrician, a person has to go through 11 to 12 years of training.
Formal education and training are required. Generally, a person has to complete 4 years of undergraduate school, 4 years of medical school, and 3 to 8 years of internships and residency.
Premed students must take Physics, English, Mathematics, Biology, and Inorganic and organic Chemistry.
To obtain the license, a pediatrician must pass the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). But a pediatrician must graduate from an “accredited” medical school first before he/she is eligible to take the exam.
M.D’s (Doctor of Medicine) and D.O’s (Doctor of Osteopathy) who seeks board of certification in a specific specialty may have to take few more years in residency training. Then, there will be a final examination after residency or 1 to 2 years of practice to gain certification by a member board of ABMS (American Board of Medical Specialists) or AOA (American Osteopathic Association)</li></ul>PART C:<br /><ul><li>Post Secondary Institution location #1Prince George’s Community CollegeName of programHonors AcademyBrief DescriptionThe Honors Academy is for academically outstanding, intellectually curious, civic-minded students who enjoy a challenge and who exemplify scholarship, leadership, and responsibility.Why I want to learn/train hereI would like to train here because first, the college is near home; second, it will provide full financial support on paying full tuition while taking Premed or other honors courses. The rigorous work involved in this program will equip me for medical school.
Post Secondary Institution location #2Johns Hopkins UniversityName of ProgramPediatric Residency ProgramBrief DescriptionThe Harriet Lane Pediatric Residency Program at Johns Hopkins has a long history of preparing pediatricians for varied careers in child health.Why I want to learn/train hereI would want to be trained under this program because I believe Johns Hopkins has an excellent curriculum and faculties In training and preparing students in extensive child care. </li></ul>PART D:<br />Education Path: Identify courses Parkdale offers that best fit your focus area/career choice. List 5 possible electives that you have taken or will take.<br /><ul><li>Electives: AP Biology12th gradeAP Calculus12th gradeHonors Chemistry11th gradePreCalculus11th gradePsychology12th grade</li></ul>PART E:<br />Work Experience/Volunteer Experiences/External Courses<br />Often you have performed valuable skills that assist you in pursuing your chosen career. Briefly describe two community programs or projects that you could be involved in to gain additional skills or experience related to your career choice.<br /><ul><li>A program named 2010 Summer Youth Volunteer Program at Doctor’s Community Hospital will be held this summer 2010. As a volunteer, I will provide assistance to various departments in the hospital. Through this, I will be educated on the life of working in a hospital and improve my social skills by interacting with different medical personnel.
“Stand Up for Kids” program was established to provide service for 7,000 homeless children/youth around the Baltimore metropolitan area by providing “basic survival supplies” like food and clothes. As a volunteer, I will be able to extend my compassion for those children or youth in need and learn the different illnesses they may have while living in the streets.</li></ul>PART F:<br />Networking:<br />Briefly describe a network of 5 people who could help you achieve your chose career goal. These could be teachers, coaches, counselors, neighbors, friends, and/or relatives. Name the person, describe the relationship and briefly describe how they can help you.<br /><ul><li>NAMERELATIONSHIPHOW THEY CAN HELPLeila Rodulfa MotherShe can help me by reminding me to include financial resources on deciding what school I will attend.Ms. BerkeleyAP Biology teacherShe can help me by giving inspiration on how she handled premedical studies.Mr. HepburnChemistry teacher He can help me by learning how to toughen up on disappointments and hardships.Mr. GrossAP Calculus teacher He can help me by reminding me to believe on myself and to use my intelligence to deal with life circumstances.Pastor David WongPastorHe can help me by making decisions in accordance to God’s will and guide me.</li></ul>PART G:<br />Evaluating Websites:<br />During this activity, you have used a variety of book references and websites to gather information, now it is important for you to evaluate which ones you found useful and why. You must evaluate a minimum of three (3) sources that you used to complete this project.<br />SOURCE#1: http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos074.htm#natureSOURCE#2: http://www.careercruising.com/Careers/JobDetails.aspx?LoginID=0e515e7e-e982-411d-83e5-72514fd408fd-&&OccNumber=321SOURCE#3: http://pediatrics.about.com/cs/pediatriccareers/a/pedi_interview_2.htmEase of NavigationIt was kind of hard to find what I am searching for because the information here is to complexIt was easy to find what I am searching for because the icons are pretty obvious and the website is very organized.It was easy to find information in this website because the buttons were obvious and can be easily found.General User AppealUser-friendly and excellent informationStudent-friendly with color-coding buttonsUser friendly and content was straightforward.Quality & ReliabilityThis website is a reliable source because the government owns it.This website is a reliable source because is the “leading developer of online career guidance department”.This website is a reliable source because it is a part of The New York Times Company.<br />PART H:<br />THE WRAP UP:<br />This is where you need to reflect on all the information you have gathered and write a paragraph(s) that tells me why you are or are not still interested in pursuing the career you have researched. It should be typed and approximately 200-300 words.<br />I became more interested and prepared in aspiring to be a pediatrician. Before I started this research assignment, I only knew I wanted to be a pediatrician and I believed I had good studying skills that will enable me to reach my goal. However, I didn’t know the other aspects I needed in becoming a pediatrician such as excellent communication skills and many volunteer service as well as internship for experience. I was also amazed that the traits an aspiring student should have were being compassionate and patience, and these recent years, I realized I developed these as I was maturing and growing up. I also discovered the subjects that I took in my high school years have prepared me for medical studies, since I am planning to take premed during my first two years in college. Other than this, the activities I have to involve myself in are the very same activities I am very much interested in joining such as the volunteer program at Doctor’s Community Hospital and the training interests me as well. I am also encouraged by how rewarding being a pediatrician can be. Other than the salary, the patients and their families acknowledge their pediatrician and they consider the pediatrician a part of their family. I think this is a very satisfying feeling to have. <br />PART I:<br />BIBLIOGRAPHY:<br />Create a bibliography, using the proper format, to record where you collected your information from. You must include your source other than an internet website. Your bibliography should be typed and the attached to your project.<br />Career Planning staff of career Services at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville,. (1992, revised 1999). Choosing a college major or career.<br />(n.d.). 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