A pediatric surgeon is a surgeon that is devoted to the diagnosis and operative care of surgical issues in children. A general surgeon could do some of the procedures that a pediatric surgeon could do, but a pediatric surgeon is specifically trained in the operative care in children. Pediatric surgeons are very important, because it takes roughly 11 years to become qualified to become one. This makes it so that there aren't that many pediatric surgeons, so the ones that become qualified are paid very well.
Duties and responsibilities:
Do become a licensed pediatric surgeon, you must have
- At least 4 years in med school
- 5 additional years in general surgery
- Two more years in residency training in pediatric surgery.
- Certification through the american board of surgery.
- Communication skills
A Pediatric surgeon is required to specialize in treatment of children with:
- Surgical repair of birth defects
- Serious injuries that require surgery (for example, liver lacerations, knife wounds, or gun shot wounds)
- Diagnosis and surgical care of tumors
- Transplantation operations
- Endoscopic procedures (bronchoscopy, esophagogastroduodenoscopy, colonoscopy)
- All other surgical procedures for children