So, I’m completing my pediatrics rotation this week. All I can say is that I’m shocked at how much I enjoyed this rotation.
I’ve learned that kids are great patients, and in most cases, much easier to work with than adults. While some parents can be a little overwhelming, it’s totally understandable why they are so stressed out. They just want to know that their kiddo is going to be OK. It was so interesting to experience all of the pediatrics sub-specialties, and learn all of the different paths a pediatrics resident can take once residency is completed. I think some of the most interesting sub-specialties for me were Hematology/Oncology, Emergency Med, and Gastroenterology. Even on the inpatient floor, the variety of illnesses one experiences on a daily basis is astonishing. Pediatric physicians need to constantly stay on top of their game because not only are they diagnosing very rare diseases, but they are also counselors to parents, and must be able to relate to children on a daily basis.
I’m leaving this rotation with a tough decision to make. I did not think I would enjoy it so much, but now I have to decide if pediatrics is a career I’d like to pursue.