A pediatrician is a child's physician who provides:
Pediatricians manage the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of their patients, in every stage of development -- in good health or in illness.
Generally, pediatricians focus on babies, children, adolescents, and young adults from birth to age 21 years to:
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Pediatricians diagnose and treat:
But, pediatricians are concerned with more than physical well-being. They also are involved with the prevention, early detection, and management of other problems that affect children and adolescents, including:
Pediatrics is a collaborative specialty -- pediatricians work with other medical specialists and healthcare professionals to provide for the health and emotional needs of children.
Following graduation from medical school, primary care pediatricians complete three years of education in an accredited pediatric residency program.
Pediatric residency training emphasizes care of the whole infant, child, adolescent, and young adult. Following the pediatric residency, the pediatrician is eligible for board certification by the American Board of Pediatrics with successful completion of a comprehensive written examination. Recertification is required every seven years.
Although nearly 60 percent of pediatricians are involved in the provision of primary care for their patients, many others choose to continue their education in pediatric subspecialties.
Below is a list of links to pediatric subspecialties within the Hospital for Children.