Planning a career in Paediatrics is both rewarding and highly challenging. Paediatricians manage medical conditions affecting infants, children and adolescents. A career in Paediatrics offers doctors a broad range of roles, working environment and sub-specialties ranging from intensive care, managing disabled children to treating children with incurable diseases.
It is arguably the most 'holistic' and 'family-orientate' medical specialty because paediatricians need to focus on the child within the family and how they can gradually be lead into living a normal life. The Paediatric medicine field is slowly progressing towards a more flexibility training approach make it an increasingly popular career choice.
The person specifications require for this role includes patience and sensitivity for dealing with families; strong team working skills as you will often work with another medical specialist in treating children; good diagnostic skills as parents and children may not be able to definitively define or describe the illness; and more importantly, you will require emotional resilience when dealing with extremely ill infants and children.
Find out the specialty training pathway to becoming a paediatrician.