There are approximately 57,000 active pediatricians in the United States. After medical school, each must complete a 3 year residency in pediatrics. According to a recent report prepared by the American Medical Group Association, the median salary for the specialty is just over $202,000.00 per year.
Pediatricians are called upon by patients to perform various aspects of care, including general heath, well-visits, vaccinations, sick-visits, and mental/behavioral health. They are also responsible for making referrals to specialilsts. Where a pediatrician fails to diagnose a condition, treat a condition or make a referral, he or she may be liable for medical malpractice. According to a recent U.S. study, less than 50% of pediatricians reported that they would tell the family of a child under their care that they had made a mistake. The most common pediatrician errors include:
- medication errors;
- failure to diagnose vision loss;
- failure to treat hyperbilirubinemia;
- failure to diagnose scoliosis; and
- failure to make a referral.
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