Over the last two months, I've had the opportunity to venture through the exciting and exhilarating world of Pediatrics. Having started with a vested interest in pediatrics, the entire M3 year has been building up to this clerkship, and it most certainly did not disappoint. From the inpatient services (heme-onc, general, neurology, nephrology, and endocrinology) to general outpatient, ED, and newborn nursery, everyday was a new and exciting day.
A phrase frequently preached is that "children are not little adults", and for all of the right reasons this is true. The kiddos we took care of are naive and innocent without self inflicted harm that may have caused their morbidity. They are frequently tougher with less complaints than adults and their innocent nature was truly refreshing, making their care that much more meaningful.
Pediatrics also provided a unique sense of longitudinal care. One of my more favorite attendings preached how fixing their illnesses in youth potentially provided them 60+ years of health, which is truly unique to this specialty. Unique to this specialty too was that on newborn nursery and outpatient clinic, we saw more healthy patients than sick individuals. It really goes to emphasize the cost saving long term strategy of preventative medicine rather than retrograde disease treatment.
All in all, this was a tremendous experience, and cemented my yearning to become a Pediatric Neurologist, allowing myself the opportunity to tie together research that will redefine our management of neuromuscular diseases in pediatric populations.
I'm a current MD-PhD candidate, working hard to help treat and manage muscular dystrophies