Pediatric homeopaths must first become practicing pediatricians through the traditional route of medical school and residency and then complete further training in homeopathy. Read on for more details about educational requirements and career details.
Homeopathy is the working theory that what makes someone sick can also be used to cure them through diluted proportions. When this theory of alternative medicine is applied to children, the term is pediatric homeopathy. Health professionals who want to practice pediatric homeopathy must complete medical school with a specialty in pediatrics and then pursue additional homeopathic training. A license is required to practice medicine.
|Required Education||Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)|
|Other Requirements||Residency in pediatrics and completion of a homeopathic medicine program|
|Projected Job Growth (2018-2028)*||7% (for all physicians and surgeons)|
|Median Annual Salary (2018)*||$170,560 (for pediatricians)|
Source: *United States Bureau of Labor Statistics
Pediatric Homeopathy Overview
Homeopathy is an alternative medicine discipline based on the notion that substances which cause symptoms of illness can conversely lead to good health if taken in a highly diluted form. Pediatric homeopathy refers to the application of homeopathic principles to sick infants and children. Practitioners often combine homeopathy with naturopathic and conventional treatment methods.
There is little data available on salary and employment prospects for practitioners of pediatric homeopathy. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) categorizes homeopathy along with acupuncture, hypnotherapy and naturopathy as an alternative medicine field. Growth in this field will be driven by the medical needs of an aging population and continued interest in alternative treatment approaches. General job growth for all types of physicians and surgeons should be 7% from 2018-2028, per the BLS.
The United States has few-to-zero accredited schools with degrees in homeopathic medicine or pediatric homeopathy, although homeopathy is sometimes included in complementary and alternative medicine programs. Prospective pediatric homeopaths therefore have few options other than studying homeopathy through outside channels once they have become a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.). The conventional training path for pediatricians requires students to earn a 4-year medical degree and then complete 3-6 years of residency and training in pediatrics.
Alternative medicine programs include conventional medical science courses in anatomy and physiology, obstetrics and gynecology, biochemistry, cardiology, endocrinology, epidemiology, genetics, immunology, microbiology, neurology and urology. Homeopathy courses may include history of homeopathy, homeopathic medical philosophy, potentisation, homeopathic chemistry and homeopathic research. Under the supervision of licensed physicians, aspiring homeopathy doctors meet with and treat actual patients during a program's clinical study component. In recent years, homeopathic practitioners have begun contributing case histories and research to the medical field, which indicates that this field may be growing in relevance and popularity.
Pediatric homeopaths complete a significant amount of education before they can practice. They are a specific group of pediatricians who have also completed training in homeopathy. There is little information on pediatric homeopaths specifically, but job growth is expected to be faster than average for pediatricians in the next ten years.