Pediatrician (FAAP)

By: Karen Tovar

FAAP stands for Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and it means that you are certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Generally, pediatricians focus on babies, children, adolescents, and young adults from birth to age 21 years to:

  • reduce infant and child mortality
  • control infectious disease
  • foster healthy lifestyles

High School -

Classes needed: biology, chemistry, physics, algebra, geometry, and calculus if possible.

Education Needed:(college)

After high school, you need 4 years of undergraduate courses at a college or university (which will get you a BS, BA, or other Bachelor's degree). After completing college, you will need to attend 4 years of Medical School (which will get you an MD or DO degree). After this, you are a "general" doctor. Most of the time, these new doctors go on to learn a specialty in medicine, such as pediatrics. This entails at least 3 more years of "Residency" training (the first year of residency was formerly called an "Internship"). In the case of pediatrics, the training of residency is 3 years. After completing these 3 years, you are now a pediatrician and are "eligible" to become "certified" in pediatrics by passing a rigorous test that deals with medical conditions related to infants and children. This is the ultimate goal of a pediatrician's training.

Bottom Line: you will need 4 years  of college, 4 years of medical school, 3 years of residency, which adds up to 11 years.

The ophthalmoscope is for checking the eye. The otoscope is for checking the ear, nose, and throat. The hammer is used for checking basic reflexes. The stethoscope can be used for listening to the lungs and heart.  

Routine check-ups are also part of their common tasks list, with the intent of monitoring a child's growth and development from birth to adulthood.

They are responsible for examining, diagnosing, and treating children with a wide variety of injuries and illnesses.

They generally work about 47 hours a week.

A pediatrician is a child's physician who provides:

  • preventive health maintenance for healthy children.
  • medical care for children who are acutely or chronically ill.

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