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How to become a pediatric surgeon?

How to become a pediatric surgeon?

Pediatrics: It takes a college degree, making sure to take the classes necessary to get into medical school. Simply put, get good grades. MCAT is the entrance exam (like SAT, for college). Then you go to medical school, next, for 4 yrs. After that, you begin your residency, in general surgery, 3-4 more years. Then a fellowship, in pediatric surgery, 2more years. It's also verrrrrry expensive. ...Read more

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Why would a child be seeing a pediatric surgeon?

Why would a child be seeing a pediatric surgeon?

They are not adults: Pediatric surgeons are surgeons w additional fellowship training in the surgical treatment of infants, children and young teens. Although some general surgeons treat children, for more specialized needs a pediatric surgeon is best. Remember children are not small adults, body size, chemistry and biology makes specialized care important. Pediatric surgeons usually affiliate w children's hospitals. ...Read more

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Being a pediatric surgeon?

Being a pediatric surgeon?

Your question is ?: You wrote a statement, not a question.Please start over from the beginning,provide enough background info to understand your issue and ask a clear question.This is not a chat room.Questions are not linked so we cannot see anything you upload or asked in the past or future. ...Read more

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How can I become a pediatric surgeon?

How can I become a pediatric surgeon?

Marathon : First, college with med school prerequisites. Then medical school, 4 years. Then general surgery residency, 5-7 years. Then, pediatric sub-specialty fellowship, 3 years. ...Read more

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How much does a town need a pediatric surgeon?

How much does a town need a pediatric surgeon?

Depends: It depends on the population. If the population is over 250, 000 then the likelihood of major birth defects and even common problems requiring surgery increase. ...Read more

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How much money does a pediatric surgeon make a year?

Bad question !: To ask who makes what is not polite ( unless you are marring one ), we do not have enough pediatric surgeons in north america, gen surgeons stop doing ped.Surgery , resulting abrupt shortage, only 200 (i think ) are trained a year. ...Read more

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How to become a pediatric surgeon and what is the job like?

How to become a pediatric surgeon and what is the job like?

Great: medical school-4 years surgical residency 5-6 years with research pediatric surgery fellowship 2 years after all that it is very rewarding. it is the last bastion of general surgery. ...Read more

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How much does a pediatric surgeon make a month?

Bad question !: To ask who makes what is not polite ( unless you are marring one ), we do not have enough pediatric surgeons in north america, gen surgeons stop doing ped.Surgery , resulting abrupt shortage, only 200 (i think ) are trained a year. ...Read more

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How much work does a pediatric surgeon do in a year?

LOTS: Pediatric surgeons are in short supply, and there are lots of kids! it is not uncommon for pediatric surgeons in practice to work upwards of 60-80 hours per week. Fortunately they often have assistants which help them out. ...Read more

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My son has to go see a pediatric surgeon what questions should I ask?

My son has to go see a pediatric surgeon what questions should I ask?

What for?: For what procedure your son is going for ?. First visit the surgeon, after taking history and physical examination the surgeon will tell you about procedure in simple lay man terms, risks and benifits , most likely will tell , accepts your insurence or you have to pay from your pocket, then you can ask , most likely every thing will be explained. If you can't speak english ask for translator. ...Read more

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My son has to go and see a pediatric surgeon what questions should I ask about?

My son has to go and see a pediatric surgeon what questions should I ask about?

Depends: Depends a little on what he is being seen for. Usually it will be for correction of a hernia, circumsicion or some minoor surgical procedure. Usual questions i get asked are "is the surgery necessary/" "how many of these surgeries have you done?" "explain the surgery to me in detail." one must feel comfortable with the surgeon as you are entrusting your child to him/her. ...Read more

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How do I convince a pediatric surgeon to consider an elective laproscopic diagnostic for my 11 yr old who been diagnosed with mesenteric adenitits x 4?

How do I convince a pediatric surgeon to consider an elective laproscopic diagnostic for my 11 yr old who been diagnosed with mesenteric adenitits x 4?

Worrisome idea: With high resolution ct scans and mri's the need for surgical exploration has decreased tremendously.If such a surgery were to take place, a predictable result would be a risk of abdominal adhesions(organs sticking together) from the instrumentation during the procedure, resulting in a lifetime of intermittent problems. This is acceptable when removing a diseased appendix, but less so to explore. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor repairs umbilical hernias? Plastic surgeon? Pediatric surgeon?

What kind of doctor repairs umbilical hernias?  Plastic surgeon?  Pediatric surgeon?

General or Ped surg: General surgeons can fix almost all umbilical hernias. They can be repaired with open surgery (single larger incision) or laparoscopically (multiple tiny incisions). Pediatric surgeons can fix umbilical hernias in kids and adolescents, usually up to age 18. ...Read more

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Pediatric surgeon (neonatal and or fetal intervention) vs. ob/gyn (perinatology), what's the difference?

Pediatric surgeon (neonatal and or fetal intervention) vs. ob/gyn (perinatology), what's the difference?

Perinatal medicine : Fetal intervention/fetal surgery is performed by an entire team. The team is made up of a pediatric surgeon, Perinatologist, and a neonatolist. The pediatric surgeon is the one who performs the surgery, the Perinatologist manages the patient with the complications that can result from the surgery, such as preterm labor. The neonatologist takes care of the complications that the baby may have. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a pediatric surgeon (neonatal or fetal intervention) vs. ob/gyn (perinatology)?

What is the difference between a pediatric surgeon (neonatal or fetal intervention) vs. ob/gyn (perinatology)?

Totally different: a pediatric surgeon is a specially trained surgeon who operates on the baby after birth, or in certain centers, can operate while the baby is in the womb (fetal surgeons). A perinatologist is an adult doctor who specializes in caring for the mother and diagnosing certain problems in the fetus before birth ...Read more

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Who has a larger salary, an adult heart surgeon or a pediatric heart surgeon?

Who has a larger salary, an adult heart surgeon or a pediatric heart surgeon?

Neither!: Most doctors' pay is based on many components, such as the way the procedure is ‘coded’, the area of the country they practice in, the type of medical insurance, their employment contract, contractual discounts, etc. Some doctors e.g. Plastic surgeons, bill the patient directly and their fees have to be paid in full. ...Read more

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Pediatrician has referred my young cousin to a pediatric cardiologist, should we be worried?

Pediatrician has referred my young cousin to a pediatric cardiologist, should we be worried?

Not necessarily : Most referrals to a pediatric cardilogist are for a murmur, and many of those are benign. Also depends on how old your cousin is, and how his or her general health is. If ur cousin is healthy then don't worry, but they still have to be seen by the peds cardiologist as recommended by the pediatrician. ...Read more

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What do other doctors think about gp's taking on pediatric patients? Should kids see pediatricians?

What do other doctors think about gp's taking on pediatric patients?  Should kids see pediatricians?

Pediatrics vs. GP: I'm biased being a pediatrician, gps get about a year of peds, pediatricians get three years all peds. If you are going to take your child to your gp (so one doctor sees the whole family which is great) you might just want to make sure that the gp has a pediatrician that he/she trusts to run things by when he/she isn't sure. The most important quality in any doc is knowing what he/she doesn't know. ...Read more

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Why are pediatric surgeons in such high demand? What do they do?

Why are pediatric surgeons in such high demand? What do they do?

Almost Everything: Pediatric general surgeons do a surgery residency (5-7 years), followed by a Pediatric Surgery Fellowship (3-4 years). They do many types of surgeries. Easier to summarize what they don't do: orthopedic, urogenital, cardiac, ENT, ophthalmological, and neurological. Most other things intraabdominal, thoracic, and extremities can be done by pediatric general surgeons. ...Read more