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The Life of a Pediatric Surgeon

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Sami Follo

on 28 April 2015

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Transcript of The Life of a Pediatric Surgeon

Thank You!
Where do we work?
Children's Hospitals
University Medical Centers
Large Community Hospitals
How did I get to where I am?
-Pediatric surgeons are medical doctors who have had
At least 4 years of medical school
Five additional years of general surgery
Two additional years of residency training in pediatric surgery
Certification by the American Board of Surgery
1 year of a surgical internship

Our Responsibilities
We treat children from the newborn stage all the way to adolescence (age: 19)
We are primarily concerned with the diagnosis, preoperative, operative, and postoperative management of surgical problems in children.
Pediatric Surgeons also cooperate with all of the specialists involved in a child's medical care to determine whether surgery is the best option for the child.
A Day in the Life of a Peds Surgeon
On a typical day, after finishing up cases in the OR, I would receive sign-out from the folks who were not on call. I would be responsible for checking all post operative patients to make sure that they did not have problems urinating or had adequate pain control. I also carefully checked all vital signs and dressings to make sure that there were no problems that needed to be taken back to the OR. In addition, the attending surgeon that was on call with me would check in before he left for the day, just to make sure that the house was good for the night. If there was an impending admission, he would let me know when the patient would arrive.
Procedures That We Can Preform
Surgery for abnormalities of the groin in childhood and adolescence which include undescended testes, hernias, hydroceles and varicoceles
Surgical repair of birth defects
Serious injuries that require surgery (for example, liver lacerations, knife wounds, or gun shot wounds)
Diagnosis and surgical care of tumors
Transplantation operations
Endoscopic procedures (bronchoscopy, esophagogastroduodenoscopy, colonoscopy)
Electrocardiogram &
Beats Per Minute
By: Sami Follo
The Life of a Pediatric Surgeon
Promotional Pathways
Time in Positions
You can be promoted from a surgical resident, to a surgical attending, and if you are really good you can become chief of surgeon which you must tackle a lot of things at the same time (all other surgery departments).
You can become a teacher to someone...they would be doing a fellowship, you would teach them hands on and teach them your techniques
2 years as a surgical intern
5 years as a surgical resident
2-3 years of a fellowship
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