Career Story: Pediatrician In A Small Group Practice

Pediatrician In A Small Group Practice

Job Title: Family Physician

Type of Company: I work for the Pediatric Health Center at Ellis Hospital

Education: BS, Biology, Boston College •• MD, Albany (NY) Medical College

Previous Experience: I did my internship in internal medicine at Albany Medical Center Hospital and my residency in family practice at St. Clare's Hospital.

Job Tasks: I am a family physician who works in a pediatric practice. I see children, many of whom have little or no insurance coverage and inadequate social support. I see approximately twenty-five of these children a day and treat a variety of medical issues. Our practice has four other physicians and one nurse practitioner.

Even though I am a family physician, I limit my practice to children and young adults. I love this age group. My goal is to be an advocate for the children I see. I want them to feel they have a place to be heard and a place that will make them feel well. Unfortunately, the practice of medicine has large amounts of documentation and there is a lot of paperwork. Some of this is necessary, but a lot of it seems pointless and time-consuming.

The actual medical work is very satisfying and stimulating, however. There is never a boring day as each time I open an exam room door, something different happens. The patients are very appreciative of the care I give. The children are always a joy...even when they are crying after being given an immunization. Generally, the kids forgive you, especially when we give them a sticker with the shot.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is getting to meet and know lots of different children. The kiddies are entertaining and endearing. Generally, their parents are appreciative of the care we supply. I go home at the end of the day feeling that I might have made a difference in a child's life in some small way.

The worst part of the job is the paperwork that has to be done. Also, there is a nagging feeling of legal action which wastes a lot of time with excessive documentation.

Job Tips: Only become a doctor if you really want to help people. Don't choose medicine if you want to earn lots of money because the mental investment is far too great. Be creative in your choice of fields to study. Choose a field that you can see yourself doing when you have a family or when you are older.

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