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Pediatrics

Pediatrics is the branch of medicine that involves the medical care of infants, children, and adolescents. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends people be under pediatric care up to the age of 21. The body size differences are paralleled by maturation changes. The smaller body of an infant or neonate is substantially different physiologically from that of an adult. Congenital defects, genetic variance, and developmental issues are of greater concern to pediatricians than they often are to adult physicians. A common adage is that children are not simply "little adults". The clinician must take into account the immature physiology of the infant or child when considering symptoms, prescribing medications, and diagnosing illnesses. Medical doctor who specializes in this area is known as a pediatrician, or paediatrician. Pediatric doctor (Pediatricians) guides & counsels the children and their parents or guardians regarding hygiene, diet and disease prevention. They also treat an organic disease & various other ailments such as jaundice, tuberculosis, typhoid & growth related disorders. The word pediatrics comes from the Greek language which means “healer of children”.

SPECIALIZATIONS

  • Pediatric oncology
  • Adolescent medicine
  • Child abuse pediatrics
  • Child neurology
  • Pediatric cardiology
  • Pediatric endocrinology
  • Pediatric gastroenterology
  • Pediatric critical care
  • Neonatology

FUTURE PROSPECTS IN PEDIATRICS

Pediatrics is one of the branches of medicine in which diagnosis and health related issues of infants, children, and adolescents is solved by the pediatrician. It is one of the promising careers among medical courses. In this profession candidates can find lucrative job profiles in India or overseas. Because of large number of growing of hospitals and health care centres, the demand of pediatrician is also increasing day by day.

ELIGIBILITY

Pediatrics is the postgraduate level education and can be pursued only after the completion of MBBS. So the steps involved in the process of becoming a pediatrician are as follows-

  • First of all students are required to pass 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry and Biology subjects.
  • To take admission in MBBS programme, students are required to appear the entrance test namely NEET
  • Earn MBBS degree from a well-recognized medical institution.
  • Appear the entrance tests like JIPMER PG, AIIMS PG, NEET PG for taking admission in MD/MS course.
  • Choose Pediatrics as a specialization in MD/MS.
  • Candidates seeking admission in doctorate level course, are selected on the basis of performance in the qualifying examination and entrance exam. Various Institutions conduct their own entrance test for admission doctoral level courses.

COURSE DURATION

Bachelor Courses (4 year):

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)

Master Courses (3 year)

 

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES

Human values and humanities don’t come with educational degrees. Though these doctors deal with humans at their most crucial stages so they should possess certain qualities like patience, politeness, ability to build harmonious relationship with their patients, strong ethics, service mentality, self-motivation, understanding etc. In addition to these the pediatrician should have Love for children and ability to understand their behavior, Good communication skills and keen observation and  playful manner around children.

JOB AREAS

  • Government Hospitals
  • Private Hospitals
  • Own Health Care
  • Research centres
  • Medical Health Centre
  • Medical Shop

TOP MEDICAL COLLEGES FOR PEDIATRICS

  • Ranchi University: Faculty of Medicine, Ranchi
  • Siksha O Anusandhan University: Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital, Bhubaneshwar
  • KAP Viswanatham Government Medical College, Tiruchirappalli
  • Christian Medical College, Vellore
  • Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Bangalore
  • Kasturba Medical College, Manipal
  • Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi

BEST BOOKS FOR PEDIATRICS

  • Textbook of Pediatrics by Dr. Mukesh Agrawal
  • IAP TEXTBOOK OF PEDIATRICS by A Parthasarathy
  • Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics
  • PEDIATRIC CLINICAL METHODS by Meharban Singh
  • Self-Assessment & Review of Paediatrics by Arvind Arora