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The Path to Becoming a Pediatric Oncologist

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By: Kate Salvo The Path to Becoming a Pediatric Oncologist Costs and
Financial Aid University of Southern California Undergraduate Program Recommended Outside Experience Training
Needed Introduction Jamesville-DeWitt
High School Being a
Pediatric Oncologist Job Obligations • Pediatric oncologists treat cancer in children.

• Commonly grouped with hematology, which is the treatment of blood disorders, such as sickle-cell anemia and hemophilia.

• Most commonly treat leukemia, lymphoma, embryonic tumors, and the blood disorders stated above.

• Also provide counseling for the children and their families.

• Take part in research and trials.

• Provide long-term care after treatment. Lifestyle • Most are employed by hospitals, but some choose to open private practices

• Often work on weekends and holidays, and the hours differ due to the needs of patients.

• Pediatric oncologists must be detail oriented, trustworthy, empathetic, and have leadership skills.

• U.S. Bureau of Labor predicts employment will grow 22% over the next decade. Benefits/Drawbacks
• Highly paid (on average $218,463 per year)

• Have the opportunity to bring children back to health

• Work closely and have assistance from other healthcare staff Benefits: Drawbacks: • Many years of schooling involved (approximately 12-14 years)

• Unpredictable hours

• Must be able to handle stress and sadness Residencies and Internships Degree Requirements • Spend time with children.

• Learn how to talk and interact with kids, especially children who have a medical problem.

• Volunteer in hospitals. • Undergraduate degree

• M.D. or PhD • After medical school, one must apply for a pediatric residency program.

• Once completed, a board certification as a pediatrician is needed.

• After that, admission is needed to a pediatric oncology fellowship.

• After completion of a pediatric oncology fellowship, one must take exams to become certified as a pediatric oncologist. Stanford University School of Medicine Introduction • Stanford is a private university located in Stanford, California.

• It is know as one of America’s most selective medical schools.

• It offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs, which includes a cancer biology program. Costs and Selectivity • It costs about $64,264 per year to attend if the student is a non-California resident.

• Scholarships and financial aid are available.

• Only about 2% of applicants are granted admission. Tests and Grades
Needed to be Accepted • When looking at applicants, Stanford considers strongly the Medical College Admission Test.

•They also look at the applicant’s undergraduate transcript, letters of recommendation, and statement of purpose. Introduction Difficulty to
be Accepted • It is located three miles from downtown Los Angeles.

• USC is a large university, with 18,316 undergraduates currently attending.

• Division 1 college that offers a wide variety of sports. • Last year, USC received 46,104 applications and 9,187 were admitted (20%).

• Over 50% had a GPA of over 3.75.

• More than half of the students admitted received between a
600-699 on the reading SAT, and a 700-800 on the
math and writing SAT. • Estimated cost to attend USC is $59,833

• Average financial aid package for a first year student is $41,758

• USC offers scholarships for athletics, academics, the arts, members of underrepresented groups, SAT scores, and merit scholarships • Jamesville-Dewitt High School (JDHS) is a public school that offers grades nine through twelve.

• It is located in DeWitt, New York, right outside of Syracuse.

• They offer a number of AP and honors courses. Graduation Requirements • To graduate from with an advanced regents diploma, students are required to maintain a 65 average or higher.

• Regents exams are required in:
- Global History, U.S. History, English, a Second Language, Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2, Trigonometry, Biology, and Living Environment.

• Students must also earn three second language credits or five credits in art, music, or occupational education. Classes/Activities That Would be Beneficial • Math and science are especially important.

• Some classes that would be very beneficial are Anatomy and Physiology, Zoology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Calculus and Statistics.

• The University of Southern California recommends students take advantage of Honors and AP courses offered.

• USC suggests that students take on leadership roles and participate in activities outside of school.
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