You don’t need to be like a kid, you just need to like kids — and more importantly, want to work with them to maximize their health and well-being — to be happy in pediatrics, says Terry Kind, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P., director of pediatric medical student education at Children’s National Medical Center and associate professor of pediatrics at George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C.
Candaca M. Marshall, M.D., a pediatric gastroenterologist and assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, Okla., says future physicians who choose another specialty over pediatrics often cite one of two reasons. First, they say it would be too heartbreaking to care for sick children. Or, they say they can’t handle the parents. Read more