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A pediatrician is a doctor who focuses on the health of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. Pediatric care starts at birth and lasts through a child's 21st birthday or longer. Pediatricians prevent, detect and manage physical, behavioral and developmental issues that affect children.


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Who is a pediatrician?

A pediatrician is a doctor who focuses on the health of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

What are the different career/profession/job options available in pediatricians?

Pediatricians can also work in medical canters, clinics & research laboratories. They can also make their career in Railways, military service and various other public sector medical departments. The pediatrician can also work as teacher in medical colleges or training institution.

How many years will be required to study pediatricians?

In India, most of the universities offer undergraduate & postgraduate level courses in the field of pediatrics. You have to pursue MBBS + MD degree in Pediatrics to become a Pediatrician.

What is the basic qualification needed for pediatricians?

Candidates should have cleared class 12 with a minimum of 50% in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English (taken together) from a recognized board. To pursue a career as a pediatrician, candidates should hold an MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery) degree recognized by Medical Council of India.

What subject will be best/suitable/relevant for pediatricians?

Chemistry, biochemistry, organic chemistry, biology, physics, anatomy, and other advanced science courses are key for Pediatricians.

What are the top universities in India to study pediatricians?

List of Top MD in Pediatrics Colleges In India based on 2022 Ranking

  • AIIMS Delhi, New Delhi. New Delhi, Delhi NCR | MCI, UGC Accredited.

  • Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research - [PGIMER], Chandigarh.

  • CMC Vellore, Vellore.

  • BHU, Varanasi

  • KMC Manipal, Manipal.

  • JIPMER, Pondicherry.

  • ILBS, New Delhi.

  • KGMU, Lucknow.

What is the profession available in pediatricians?

A pediatrician is a specialist who diagnoses and treats the injuries and illnesses of babies, children, and teenagers. He/she examines pediatric patients, performs diagnostic tests and prescribes or administers treatments, such as medications, vaccinations, and other therapies.

What skills are required to be a pediatrician?

  • Knowledge of medicine and dentistry.

  • Sensitivity and understanding.

  • Counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach.

  • Thinking and reasoning skills.

  • To be thorough and pay attention to detail.

  • Customer service skills.

  • The ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure.

What are the pros & cons / Advantage & disadvantage of working in pediatricians

Advantages of being a Pediatrician

  • Having a great education and you will be a doctor for life.

  • Helping children

  • Very high salaries

  • Flexible work schedules

  • Interacting with different kids and babies daily.

Disadvantages of being a Pediatrician

  • Long years and expensive study

  • Becoming attached to a client/patient

  • Dealing with very ill children or even death

  • Working long hours and on weekends or holidays

  • Being on call *Available by phone at all times


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