Being a Pediatric Surgeon The Pros and Cons of a Strenuous but Rewarding Career By Jane Doe What is a Surgeon? Name: Joe Surgeon MD. Schooling: 4 years undergrad – Pre Med 4 years Medical School 1 year Internship 5 year Residency Earnings: annual rate …And Before That? Name: Jane Resident; MD Schooling: 4 years Undergrad Pre-Med 4 years Med School 1 year Internship Earnings: $42,669.00 Annual Salary What About Pediatric Surgeons Specifically? Name: Ima Pediatric Surgeon MD Schooling: 4 year Undergrad 4 year Med School 1 year Internship 4 year Residency 2 year Pediatric Fellowship (exam following) Pediatric Certification (renewed every 10 Years) Earnings: $132,953.00 - $161,331.00 Score So Far: Pros: Cons: • Salary • 15 + Years of Schooling What does a Surgeon Do? A Pediatric Surgeon? Surgeon: A physician whom specializes in surgery, or treatment by operative procedures. • Orthopedic (skeletal) • Cardiac (heart/blood systems) • Optometry (eyes) • Oncology (cancers) • Gastro-Intestinal (intestines) Pediatric Surgeon: A surgeon specializing in the treatment of youth and youth ailments, injuries, and trauma • neonatal, prenatal, trauma, pediatric oncology 8:00 am – 9:00 am Average Day Visiting hospitalized patients while instructing medical students about diagnoses and treatments. Check NICU, remain available for neonatal emergencies. 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Performing surgery in the operating room. Diagnosing and removal of pediatric tumors. 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Meeting over lunch. 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Working in my office, seeing patients. 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Attending a meeting. 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Visiting hospitalized patients again, monitoring their progress. Consulting with parents expecting surgical pregnancies. 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Reading to prepare for a meeting or presentation. 8:00 pm – 8:00 am On call for neonatal emergencies, surgical pregnancies, etc. The 4 W’s of Pediatric Surgeons: • What: Surgeons specializing in pediatric care • Who: – Any Gender or Nationality – Having Completed 15 + years of post high-school Schooling – Consequently at least 33 years of age • Where: University Hospitals, Urban Hospitals, Pediatric Hospitals • Why: Interested in hands on science, mathematics, treating children, personable contact with patients, immediate results characteristic with surgical treatment. Who? How does someone become a Pediatric Surgeon? 4 year Medical School CHS (high school) 4 Year College (major pre-medical) (Example: Columbia Science Courses 4 School for Physicians and Math Courses 4 Surgeons) Health Courses 2 1 Year Internship Pass Exam Pediatric Fellowship 1 5 Year Residency year You are now a Pediatric Surgeon! Education cont.. Total Cost of Education (projected attendance at NYU Undergrad and Columbia School of Physicians and Surgeons) $390,569.00 Where? Where do Pediatric Surgeons Work? • University Hospitals: OHSU (Portland, OR) • Pediatric Hospitals: Doernbecher Children’s Hospitals • Large Urban Hospitals: Providence Medical Centers, Providence Salmon Creek Where? (ctd.) Where are Pediatric Surgeons Needed? • Washington: ’06-’12 %3.81 increase • 14,000 + surgeons in Washington (15th most populated state in the USA) Why? What Makes a Pediatric Surgeon Love their Job? • Holland Code: IRS • Investigative – Scientific, Solve Problems, Interpret Problems, Diagnose, Changing Information • Realistic – Working with tools, objects, hands on • Social – Provide resources for people, enjoy working with children Related Careers • Pediatrician • Surgeon (different field) • Obstetrician • Neonatal Nurse • Lab Technician Lets Recap the Pros and Cons Pros: Cons: • Salary ($40,000 • 15 + years of starting, $160,000 schooling average) • High Education Costs • Vacations • Interesting Schedule • Social Environment • Ability to Specialize • In Demand Plus… $390,569.00 = Cost of Schooling $130,00.00 = Annual Take-Home (after taxation from average) Setting aside $20,000.00 a year, it would take 20 (approx.) years to pay off schooling. Living on $110,000.00 a year.
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