Would I Make A Good Pediatrician?
A career in pediatrics can be difficult and highly demanding, though also incredibly rewarding. So how do you know if you're up to the challenge of working as a pediatrician? Take the self-assessment quiz below and see if you have the qualities that can make a pediatrician great.
How many of the following qualities describe you?
|Do you enjoy working with children?||Yes or No|
|Are you patient?||Yes or No|
|Are you enthusiastic?||Yes or No|
|Are you optimistic and positive?||Yes or No|
|Do you put people at ease?||Yes or No|
|Can you remain focused under pressure?||Yes or No|
|Are you good at explaining complex ideas?||Yes or No|
|Are you an honest and direct communicator?||Yes or No|
|Are you a good listener?||Yes or No|
|Are you passionate about helping others?||Yes or No|
Why Are These Qualities Necessary For A Pediatrician?
Do you enjoy working with children?
A pediatrician needs to have a passion for working with kids of all different ages.
Are you patient?
Patience is especially necessary when working with children, as they may be particularly nervous or uncomfortable when visiting the doctor.
Are you enthusiastic?
Being able to greet young patients with enthusiasm and warmth will help to make their pediatric visit more comfortable.
Are you optimistic and positive?
Parents of sick children will fare better with a doctor who seems positive and optimistic about their child's treatment. Not to mention the patients themselves are often soothed by positivity.
Do you put people at ease?
Parents and their children may visit a pediatrician feeling far more anxiety than is necessary. Staying calm and putting them at ease will help to de-escalate the situation.
Can you remain focused under pressure?
Medicine is a high-pressure field and, particularly when a child's health is at stake, a doctor must be able to remain calm and attentive even when things get stressful.
Are you good at explaining complex ideas?
A pediatrician must be able to explain complicated medical information to parents and patients as necessary.
Are you an honest and direct communicator?
A pediatrician will need to be able to communicate clearly and honestly with patients and their families about medical procedures and requirements.
Are you a good listener?
Doctors must listen to their patients and absorb the necessary background information to make well-informed treatment decisions.
Are you passionate about helping others?
Any person considering a career in medicine should be dedicated to helping and treating others.
Beginning Your Career In Pediatrics
Did you answer yes to more than half the questions above? If so, you could become a successful pediatrician. Aspiring pediatricians need to complete undergraduate school and medical school, then pursue an internship and residency in the pediatric specialty. The whole process typically takes upwards of 10 years.