“What do you want to be when you grow up?” As a child, we have all been asked this question; and as unrealistic children, we all had dreams of being a superhero, princess, cowboy, or astronaut. Later on in life, as time went by, and as we became more knowledgeable, our answers became more serious. Some of us wanted to be teachers, business owners, or a veterinarian. However, I have always wanted to be a doctor, but not just any doctor. For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a pediatrician. Now, half way through my junior year in high school, I have started to question the details of this career, and all the hard work it takes to become a part of the medical field.
What I Know
I know pediatricians are people who carry their career with them wherever they go. Pediatricians are responsible for the health and the well-being of children ages 0-18, and the work is challenging. Assuring parents their child is healthy is the biggest goal these hard working doctors have. However, I know that becoming such a career focused doctor is going to be a long journey. The process in earning a degree in medicine is difficult, and it takes years of schooling and practice.
What I Want to Know
I am curious to learn the many steps I will need to take to become a pediatrician. I want to find out what types of colleges are best for doing this, and which ones interest me. I also would like to learn how much college will cost. I know becoming a doctor requires many challenging classes, but I am anxious to know what ones they are and what they are about. Also, I hope to learn more about the role a pediatrician has in the medical field, and how important and meaningful the job is.
What I Have Learned
Before going into detail of the process of being a pediatrician, I first want to define the position a pediatrician holds. So, what is a pediatrician? Matthew Brennan from he Health and Pregnancy Center of WebMD says, “Pediatricians are physicians who specialize in the growth and development of babies, children, and adolescents” (WebMD). Pediatricians are responsible for assuring concerned parents that their precious child is on the correct track for a long and healthy life. While researching more on the tasks of these doctors, I found that they mainly examine the child before coming up with a diagnosis. A typical examine consists of checking their ears, reflexes, throat, etc. I had also learned that pediatricians are the first to examine a baby who is just born. They must be sure the new baby is breathing and responding correctly (WebMD).
Now that I am sure what a pediatrician is, I want to know what it takes to become one. At this point in my search, I already know the process is a bumpy journey. What I have learned is that getting good grades in high school is very important because it is just the beginning to my future at this point. After graduating high school, I will finish my generals in college, which will take about two years because I am already...