A career in...
A career in paediatrics
If you have a good sense of humour, attention to detail, and can build rapport with patients and their families, then paediatrics might be for you
Paediatricians focus on minimising the adverse effects of disease, while allowing children to live as normal a life as possible.1 Paediatricians can work with infants, children, and young people across a range of specialties, from neonatology, the children’s accident and emergency department, and community paediatrics, to inpatients with long term chronic conditions. This means the physiological differences of your patients vary widely between age groups. Paediatrics is a holistic specialty where you consider not only medical conditions but also patients’ mental and social wellbeing to tailor treatment that helps patients to live their life to its full potential. Paediatricians must also be excellent diagnosticians because the number of invasive investigations and procedures they can perform is limited. Therefore, being thorough and being able to see subtle differences on examination are essential to succeeding in the specialty.
A good paediatrician must be able to communicate well with patients, parents, and family