CAREER OPTION > Paediatrician
Children are a blessing to the society. They are full of fun, playfulness, sincerity and innocence. If you want to have a career that revolved around these innocent souls, being a paediatrician is the right choice to make. As a paediatrician you will get to meet numerous children from infants to the age of 13. A paediatrician known as a child specialist in common language is a medical practitioner responsible to medical care and treatment of children. You will be responsible for a child’s health from the very birth to an age of adolescence.
You can solve several illnesses and diseases that the children of today have to face. You will be able to ensure a healthy process of growth to your patient children. Other than physical fitness, you can also help in solving behaviour related problems in children. You can involve in treating day to day illnesses that children face such as fever, small injuries, infectious diseases, immunization etc. You may also involve in tackling major health issues such as child attacks, organ failures, cancer etc.
- You must have minimum 50% marks in your H.S.C. (10+2) examinations with Physics, Chemistry and Biology being your core subjects.
- You must have done a 5 years MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree from an accredited institute in order to specialise in paediatrics.
- First and foremost, you must love children. Kids can be calm or cranky hence, you must be able to deal with them with pure love and adoration.
- Good communication, problem solving skills and critical thinking and analysis are necessary to make the correct conclusions.
- You should be extremely patient and calm and have a knack of keeping the children engaged and happy while in treatment. This is because children could be either scared or upset during treatment.
How to become a Paediatrician
STEP 1: Science student with Physics, Chemistry and Biology in their H.S.C (10+2) have to attend entrance exams conducted by several state and central bodies to qualify as a doctor. The entrance exams are generally held in the months of May-June. An example of one entrance exam is the CBSE-PMT (Pre-Medical Test).
STEP 2: After clearing the entrance exams, you will be admitted into suitable institutions for the course of MBBS depending upon your rank and marks in the examination. The MBBS degree extends up to a time period of 5 years which includes both theoretical and practical training.
STEP 3: After completing MBBS and becoming a doctor, you have to take a Doctor of Medicine (MD) in Paediatrics which will be a specialisation. In order to get admitted, you must attend entrance tests like All India Post Graduate Medical Exam, BHU M.D. Entrance Test etc. The course extends up to a time period of 2 years with theoretical exams and practical training. The subjects that will be covered during your course of study are; Growth and Development, Neonatology, Nutrition, Cardiovascular, GIT and Liver, Respiratory, Infections, Renal, Neurology, Endocrine, ENT, Skin & Eye, Disorders and Hematooncology. After clearing these papers, you are a qualified professional paediatrician.
- Assam Medical College – Dibrugarh
- All India Institute of Medical Sciences – New Delhi
- Maharashi Markandeshwar University – Ambala
- Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College – Jabalpur
After completing your M.D. you can work with government/private hospitals, research laboratories, clinical centres, educational institutes, military services etc. It is likely that most paediatricians start private practice as well. Your reputation and career prospects increase with your skills and proficiency.
The income you earn depends upon the organization or hospital that you are working with. It may vary accordingly. However, the salary package is really beneficial across the globe for paediatricians. You can earn up to Rs.7 lakhs per annum for a start. This may go as high as Rs.20 lakhs per annum with experience. This is not a fixed number and can vary with countries and hospitals.