Pediatricians work indoors in places that are well lit and comfortable. Most pediatricians, almost 40 percent, practiced in a suburban environment in 2010, according to the academy. Ten percent worked in a rural setting, while 22 and 29 percent of pediatricians, respectively, worked in either the inner city or an urban, non-inner city environment.
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 are comfortable.
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.
All physicians, including pediatricians, will come in contact with blood, diseases and infections in their workplace environment. Doctors may wear protective gowns, masks and gloves, depending on circumstance. The work environment also requires using specialized medical tools such as the needles used in vaccinations and stethoscopes. To run the practice, technology common to office settings is also used. Besides commonplace programs such as email and database software, pediatric offices use various software geared for medical practices Requirements.
High School High school students considering pediatrics can start preparing for medical school while in high school, even though high school records are not examined by medical school admissions offices. Prospective pediatricians should do well in all coursework and take as many courses in natural sciences as possible.
Only three years of undergraduate work are required for medical school admission, but most applicants have a bachelor’s degree. Most prospective pediatricians consider premedical majors, though they can also consider natural science majors such as biology and biochemistry. Some schools do not offer premedical majors and instead offer a major in a natural science for those interested in applying to medical school.
Medical School Acceptance into medical school is difficult and competitive. Medical schools require transcripts from all colleges attended, the Medical College Admission Test and a prescribed number of letters of recommendation. For some schools, an applicant may only need to submit an application to the medical school itself, while other schools require admission to the university itself and the medical school. You may also need to go to an interview at the school.
After graduation from medical school, pediatricians take part in an internship for at least a year, then go into a residency for at least three years. If the pediatrician is interested in certification in a subspecialty, another three years of residency are required. A residency is another form of training, though the resident pediatrician is paid (at a low salary, however).
All states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories require a practicing pediatrician to be licensed. Licenses are given to pediatricians who have graduated from an accredited medical school, completed their residencies and passed an examination. Pediatricians who move to from one state to another can usually get a new license without taking another examination, but some states do not allow this.
Pediatricians can receive a voluntary certification from the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP). Certification is given to pediatricians who have graduated from an accredited medical school, completed a three-year pediatrics residency, have a state license and passed a written examination. The ABP also offers certifications in subspecialties such as neonatal-perinatal medicine.