6 Ways to Tell You Are/Should be a Pediatrician

There’s no doubt about it, there are certain personalities or habits that lend themselves to certain medical specialties [see Dr. Fizzy’s: The World’s Most Sophisticated Algorithm for Choosing a Med Speciality]. With the primary care shortage, pediatricians are in high demand. So how can you know that pediatrics is right for you?

[Note: this article may be renamed “6 ways to tell you are simply a giant child”]

1. Over 50% of your Facebook profile pictures are you as a child. Because children > adults, obviously.

flickr / epSos.de

flickr / epSos.de

 

2. When at an ice cream store, the decision undoubtedly comes down to “BIRTHDAY CAKE” versus “COTTON CANDY.” 

flickr / aplascuto

flickr / aplascuto

…whatever the final verdict, sprinkles are a must. Sprinkles are always a must.

 

3. Your daily protein intake consists of  Purdue “breaded chicken breasts,” aka: “chicken nuggets for grown-ups.”

Tumblr / Wifflegif

Tumblr / Wifflegif

 

4. When at a fancy restaurant, you go straight for the “adult mac n’ cheese” (and pick around the lobster/bacon/anything that normal people would find delicious but that you just see as contaminating the perfect simplicity of your fave childhood throwback)

tumblr / thementaliz

tumblr / thementaliz

 

5. When your case-based learning group directs you to speak as if you were going to present to a patient, you blow your cheeks out, widen your eyes and tap your friend’s nose saying “boop boop boop”

flickr / tazzzdvil

flickr / tazzzdvil

 

6. When AMCAS asks you what languages you speak you check “English,” and “Other”….then fill in “Baby talk”

flickr / Sabianmaggy

flickr / Sabianmaggy

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Rachel Greenberg is an editor for The Almost Doctor's Channel hailing from Great Neck, NY. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Psychology, where she spent much of her time either singing a cappella or being a pre-med. In addition to maintaining an interest in holistic medicine, Rachel boasts a world-class Carrie Underwood impression.