Work with babies and children who have heart conditions.
What does a Pediatric Cardiologist do?
A Pediatric Cardiologist diagnoses and treats young patients-from babies in utero to 18-year-olds-who are suffering from heart malfunctions and diseases. In the job of Pediatric Cardiologist, the hours are long and the work itself can be emotionally draining. You may find yourself passing out from fatigue in the on-call room after a marathon of cases, but it’s all worth it if you’re helping bring back health to an innocent child.
As a Pediatric Cardiologist, you conduct physical exams and run tests like echocardiography and electrocardiogram, both of which are part of your daily duties. You should have a genuine love for children, since your practice revolves around them. You should also know how to communicate serious news to worried parents, and how to be appropriately goofy with the kids at the same time. Additionally, you should love science, math, biology, and chemistry, and be a pro at keeping up your mental, physical, and emotional stamina for the long shifts ahead.
And because you work with other Physicians and Surgeons, it’s also very important that you know how to communicate and work well with other professionals in your field. You have to know how to take advice and accept help from your colleagues. You also have to watch your emotional involvement with the patients, an aspect of the job that is especially difficult to keep in check. The children’s stories and circumstances will pull at your heartstrings, but you have to stay strong and levelheaded-for you, the parents, and most of all, your patients.