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Becoming a Pediatrician 101: A Conversation with Kim Boland, MD | Ep. 24

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You trust your Pediatrician with your most precious gifts – your kids. Do you ever wonder what goes into their training to make them qualified for such a task? Dr. Honaker invites Dr. Kim Boland, Professor and Chair for the Department of Pediatrics and Chief of Staff for Norton Children's Hospital, to the podcast to unwrap everything that goes into becoming a pediatrician. They cover why being board-certified is important, how training is currently changing to meet the needs of children today, and advice from pediatricians who are also parents.

Show Notes: 

  • Meet Dr. Kim Boland, Professor and Chair for the Department of Pediatrics and Chief of Staff for Norton Children's Hospital
  • Why Josh invited Dr. Boland to the podcast
  • Dr. Boland breaks down the process of becoming a pediatrician
  • Why having your child being cared for in an academic hospital can be a great thing
  • How important a parent’s story is to care of a child
  • 80% of the time, you can get an appropriate account of history
  • Exposing residents to many areas so that they can see both the sickest of sick and common office visits so that they are exposed to a wide spectrum of cases
  • How communication is now a part of the training of a pediatrician and how it has changed over the years
  • How medicine has become more holistic
  • Why should parents care whether or not their pediatrician is board certified?
  • What does it mean to be board-eligible?
  • Where can a parent go to verify that their pediatrician is board-certified?
  • What’s the difference between ABP (American Board of Pediatrics) and AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics)?
  • How the AAP is advocating for children’s healthcare
  • Best advice for mothers from Dr. Boland’s experience as a mother

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