Pediatric surgeons are professionals who examine and perform operation on children, from newborn ones to adolescents to treat nay kind of diseases or deformities. Their job duty also includes counseling patients and their parents in developing a healthy living style. While general surgeons can also treat young children, pediatric surgeons are specially trained in age specific surgical techniques. To pursue a career in pediatric surgery, one needs to collaborate with neonatal specialists, family physicians and help other pediatricians to find out which is the best course treatment plan for their patients. Communication with a child’s family members is also an essential part to ensure post-operative safety.
Pediatric surgeon job duties
To analyze a patient’s medical case history, allergies if any, their physical condition and necessary examinations to determine a patient’s condition.
Examine the patient carefully to know about the surgical risk.
Refer patients to any other professionals if needed.
Prepare case histories.
Provide consultation to other surgeons.
Operate on patients to repair injuries and any deformities.
Follow surgical techniques according to medical ethics.
Prescribe preoperative or post-operative medications or treatments.
Diagnose any disorders, post operation.
Examine equipment and surgical instruments.
Pediatric surgeon job requirements
The extensive training and education for becoming a pediatric surgeon generally involves a 4 year curriculum for a basic bachelor’s degree followed by a medical degree of 4 year duration, surgical residency of five years, and an additional 2 years of a fellowship in the field of pediatric surgery.
Before joining a medical school, aspiring candidates must successfully complete degree education program. There is no specific undergraduate program recommended for a medical school, but the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recommends the students to complete appropriate coursework in organic chemistry, English, physics, biology and math. During this time period, students can also volunteer at medical clinics or local hospitals to learn more about surgical procedures.
The process of applying to a medical school should be a highly selective procedure. Admission to a medical school depends on the academic performance in degree education, recommendation letter and personal characteristics of the students. Most of the medical schools ask the students to undergo an interview with the admissions panel. Students must pass the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) with desirable marks to enroll in a medical school. After gaining a medical school graduation, students must complete a residency program and a fellowship in a number of medical specialties.
The pros of being a pediatric surgeon are:
To make an impact in children’s life to treat life threatening conditions.
Faster job growth.
Prevent future health issues in children.
The cons of being a pediatric surgeon are:
Years of training and education is needed (9-12 years).
The Long educational track can even put you into debt if careful planning is not there.
Irregular work hours and emergency situations can arise at any time.
Communication hours are essential in critical cases.
Many hours of standing are required.