Pediatrician

The day I spent with Dr. Moshe Ipp, who runs his own practice, is a professor at the University of Toronto, and a pediatrician at SickKids hospital, was an amazing day. Dr. Ipp was originally interested in internal medicine, but when he moved here from South Africa he was a resident at SickKids where he learned to love pediatrics. I can understand why, too: it really is the most rewarding type of medicine to practice. You help kids get better and sometimes they can’t even speak to tell you what is wrong. To be a pediatrician you have to be patient, caring, and very bright. Dr. Ipp certainly is.

The day began with seeing sick patients. Dr. Ipp and I went room to room maybe seeing around 15-20 kids within two hours. Some kids had fevers, rashes, swimmer’s ear, infections, strep throat, and lots more. Dr. Ipp referred patients to dermatologists, gave them prescriptions, gave them urine tests, strep tests, and checked for infections using different techniques and instruments. I got to look through an otoscope into a patient’s ear to see if it was infected, which was pretty neat. I also helped Dr. Ipp with a strep test (which turned out positive) and a urine test (also positive for an infection). The morning was tough since all the kids were unhappy (they were sick) and it was tough to cheer them up. 

After lunch I was more excited since the kids coming in were here for checkups. The pace was a bit quicker as we went back and forth performing physicals and giving needles. It was a lot more fun since all the kids were healthy and very hyper. However, that changed a little when it was time for the kids to get needles. This is definitely a challenge and Dr. Ipp has a fun way of solving it. In every checkup room he has a massive bubble machine and we turned it on every time smaller kids got needles. They were calm and distracted, which let Dr. Ipp do what he needs to do. The best part for me was that I prepared the needles. Dr. Ipp taught me how to prepare the needles and syringes and mix together ingredients in some vaccinations. This was surprisingly fun and is a good skill to have mastered if I decide to become a doctor. 

Shadowing a pediatrician was unbelievable. The work they do is very hard, especially the morning sick calls, but it is incredibly rewarding. Dr. Ipp really enjoys his work and has even published studies for the University of Toronto. He is a passionate doctor and a leader in pediatrics.  

A Typical Day

On the day I job-shadowed Dr. Moshe Ipp, he saw around 30 patients. Every morning he sees sick patients and the afternoon is full of patient checkups.

Top 3 Perks

1) Gratifying work 

2) Job security for life 

3) Prestige and doctor title  

Job Culture

Indoors, running around the office to different patients, performing physicals, recommending and prescribing treatment, giving vaccinations, referrals, talking to parents, laboratory work, problem-solving, long hours, emotionally draining.

Requirements

1) Take required undergraduate science courses 

2) Write the MCAT 

3) Go to medical school 

4) Complete a residency focusing on pediatrics 

 - The 4 steps will take a total of 12 years! 

Skills Needed

Listening, patience, compassion, communication, people skills, problem-solving, able to calm people, sensitivity, near vision, humorous, caring, leadership, reading body language


The Field

- There will always be a great need for pediatricians so if you are one, you have a job for life. 

 - However, getting a job in urban centers is a lot harder than in rural areas where demand is high