Job Title: Staff Physicians
Type of Company: I work for a large academic teaching hospital.
Education: BA in History, Yale University MD (Medicine), Tufts University Masters in Public Health, Tufts University Masters in Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health
Previous Experience: I entered medical school after two years of teaching English to college students in China. After medical school, I was employed as a resident and then a clinical fellow, both post-graduate medical training positions.
Job Tasks: I am an attending physician in a large academic teaching hospital. My main responsibilities are taking care of children with multiple medical problems as well as teaching medical students and doctors-in-training (residents, fellows).
During a typical day, I get to the hospital around 7:30 am and round with the team. Rounding means that as a group, we review and examine each child who is staying in the hospital and is under my care. I will ask the medical students and residents to update me on events from overnight, and together we will examine the child, make a plan for the day, including diagnostic tests and treatments.
After we finishing rounding on each child, I will spend some additional time talking to the parents each child. I answer their questions as best I can. By mid-day, I am usually done with this, and begin teaching sessions with members of the team. If a particular question came up during rounds, I will focus on that in the teaching session.
Throughout the day, I am asked to see new patients by other people in the hospital, emergency room, or pediatricians in the community. Typically, I see a new patient in 45-60 minutes, and make a plan, if needed, for evaluation. At the end of the day, I return to hospital to check up on the patients I saw in the morning to see if the plans have been followed through on and if anyone can go home.
During the evening and night, I field phone calls and pages from the staff inside the hospital who have questions about the patients. If there is something that is very confusing or serious, I often will come in to the hospital at night to evaluate patients myself.
I enjoy this job very much and highly recommend it to anyone.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of the job is that I help children and their families through a very difficult time in their lives. I can watch children get better because of decisions I make for them. Often when children are sick, it is like a puzzle, trying to find out what the cause of the illness is, and then working together with a team to find an appropriate solution.
The worst part of the job is when the children don't get better, or if you find that a child has a disease that has no treatment.
1. Be prepared for a long time in training. It takes many many years to become a doctor, and even more years to become a good one.
2. Not all doctors make a lot of money -- in fact, many have lots of debt from medical school loans. If you're looking for a quick way to be rich, this is not it.
3. Spend time early in your career following shadowing doctors to see what they actually do.
These schools offer particularly quick info upon request, and we have written detailed profiles for each (click school names to see the profiles).
Request info from multiple schools, by clicking the Request Info links.
Since 1996, Southern California Health Institute has been dedicated and committed to helping students achieve their dreams by providing an exceptional education that enables them to become skilled and successful manual therapists.
Unitek College™ is a privately held vocational school dedicated to helping you gain the skills needed to advance your career or begin a brand new career.
Get your career started with Intercoast Colleges.
For over 35 years, Keiser University has provided student-centered, quality career education. Keiser University Online offers degree programs online to prepare students for in-demand professions.
About Brightwood College
Brightwood College offers accelerated programs that combine flexible schedules and professional instruction to create a rewarding learning experience for individuals focused on gaining the skills for specific careers. Brightwood College is owned and operated by Education Corporation of America.
At UEI College, we want you to succeed. We’re like a family and we want you to be a part of it.
The Secret to Getting Ahead is Getting Started
Get the hands-on training you need to succeed at Blake Austin College.
Give your career a boost with an education from Mayfield College.
Turn your talents into a career at nationally recognized and accredited Platt College.
The inside stories from people actually working in the field.
Click a story title to show the story, and click the title again to hide it.
Career Stories are concise, real-world career overviews written by people relating their personal career experiences and wisdom. They provide invaluable insights and mentoring advice to students and career changers.
Most stories include:
Please also see our detailed information about Pediatricians, including: