This specialty is focused on the overall wellbeing of children from the time they are born through their adolescence. Pediatricians tend to the physical, emotional, and social health of children and focus on preventive health care. They are considered experts in children’s health. Following 4 years of medical school, pediatricians complete 3 years of pediatric residency, which are dedicated to the care of children. Pediatricians must pass a written exam from the American Board of Pediatrics to become board certified, and they must recertify every 7 years. This helps ensure that all pediatricians stay current on the latest changes and advances in children’s medical care. They must also continue taking medical courses and earn credits to renew their licenses in the specific state in which they practice medicine. In addition, some pediatricians sub-specialize in another area, such as cardiology or emergency medicine, and have an additional 3 years of training in that specialty following their residency.
From Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children by Jennifer Trachtenberg.
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