When you become a pediatrician, do you have to do surgery and cut open people?

6 comments

Hi, I want to go to school, to become an pediatrician but I don’t really like cutting open people or doing surgery on them. All I want to is like diagnose them and exam them.

Comments:

Yes you can become a pediatrician without having to do surgery.
A pediatrician deals with medical problems in children. Pediatric surgery is a separate specialty.

Related posts:

  1. What should I study in order to become a Pediatrician in the future? I am currently in High School, ninth grade, and I...
  2. How many years does it take in college to become a pediatrician? How long does it take you to become a pediatrician...

{ 6 comments }

The Legendary Masked Akitist

Pediatric surgery is a specialty field, so it wouldn’t normally be done by a regular pediatrician. But in med school you’d likely be required to do some cutting on cadavers (dead bodies) to show what folks look like inside.

Genti

Yes you can become a pediatrician without having to do surgery.
A pediatrician deals with medical problems in children. Pediatric surgery is a separate specialty.

Jean

No, a pediatrician is a doctor who deals with day to day medical problems, a pediatric surgeon is a surgeon who specialises in operating on babies and children, usually under the age of 16. As a pediatrician though, you will have to do other things that you might not like if you don’t like cutting people up. Pediatricians have to take urine and blood samples, give shot (often though, nurses have to do that), minor surgical procedures in office, stitching, and dealing with a lot of pee, poop, blood and vomit. Being a pediatrician isn’t something as simple as diagnosis and treatment, so if you don’t have a stomach for this kind of thing, I’d strongly suggest that you try something else. Maybe radiology or histology would suit more. I worked in histology and loved it!

Self made Man

Normally, a pediatrician is just required to treat the kids medically, and surgical cases are tossed off to the surgical department of pediatrics, which is a separate speciality.
But if you have a strong aversion to cut open people, then you would find it hard even to practice regular medicine, as cases do come where a certain amount of blood and bone comes into play.
on the brighter side, once you are in the med school , all your previous inhibitions begin to die off and you become prepared to face such things. After a couple of years, a cut open body wont bother you much, you’ll be used to it.You might even consider taking surgery then !
i had similar problems when i started, but now i want to be a surgeon.
good luck

JTemple81

Theoretically, yes you can. But good luck getting a pediatrician job (or and doctor position) without having done a residency in a hospital.

Andy C

JTemple8 is right. A pediatrician in the U.S. is a licensed surgeon. Medical school requires surgical training. You cannot be a pediatrician without opening up a few people, or at least helping. And residency will require you to operate sometimes. Being a doctor is not for the squeamish.

Previous post:

Next post: