A Career In Pediatric Oncology

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Pediatric Oncology is a career in the medical field. A pediatric oncologist is a doctor that specializes in children’s health (pediatric) and cancer (oncology). My reason for studying this career is because this career seems like something I would really enjoy doing. Not only is this job a secure job, but it gives me a chance to help others. Before this research paper, I knew that to become this type of doctor, I would be in school for at least 8 years. I knew that all doctors have to complete a residency after medical school. I wondered what specific board certifications I needed and exactly how many years of college I had to do. I learned the average salary, what this job actually entitles, and many other things that will be described in …show more content…
“Almost 1900 pediatric hematology-oncology specialists have been certified by the American Board of Pediatrics since… 1974” (Buchanan). Approximately 1300 reside in America. The ratio for pediatric hematology-oncology specialists to general pediatrics is about 19:530. As Buchanan also said, the need for physicians that specialize in children and/or treat cancer remains strong because the amount of people diagnosed with diseases aren’t decreasing and some diseases are becoming more common. According to a direct source from Phoenix Children’s Hospital, “the field waxes & wanes, cycles about every 2-3 years; right now there are lots of people finishing fellowships, in a few years that number may drop” (White-Collins). Also, according to the article Pediatric Oncologist: Job Description, Duties and Outlook, there is a projected job growth of 18% within the next 7 years. Most jobs related to this career are located within hospitals and medical school …show more content…
“You have to be able to control your emotions; we grow to love our families and share their joys and heartaches…” (White-Collins). People learn to love the kids and families that they’re around but they have to be able to keep calm because there are many other families and kids that are depending on them. On top of these qualities/personality traits, there are many other things I would need to do. “The bulk of a pediatric oncologist’s training is spent earning a general profession medical degree and licensure, the completing a pediatric residency program” (Become). After a bachelor’s degree, all students that wish to go to medical school must complete the MCAT which is the Medical College Admission Test which is required to apply to medical schools. Once in medical school, most programs last 4 years long. Upon graduation, I would have to obtain a medical licensure which is a test evaluation tool that provides information to each individual licensing board. All physicians after medical school must complete a residency of 3-6 years depending on their specialty. This would be a 3 year residency in general pediatrics. Here, I would do complete rotations in different specialties for pediatrics. After my residency, I must become board certified in pediatrics. Afterwards, I would apply for an oncology fellowship which has to be at least 3 years. After this, I would have to earn a board

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