Quote from baluesunlight
What is the age population? Is it more like 2-10 or 10-17...? What's the youngest patient you got and what is the oldest? Why do people dislike peds so much?
In the hospital where I did my peds rotation, ages ranged from 1 to 20. Technically, a 21-year-old is a pediatric patient, right? That's what the AAP says.
The youngest patient I got was about 14 months (although developmentally much younger) and the oldest was 20.
It seems that "everyone" wants to be in peds in my school. I know for myself that I dreaded pediatrics because children can have a difficult time communicating what they need, and then you have to deal with some crazy parents. I prefer to work with geriatric patients, but I learned that they're sort of similar, peds and geriatrics. The older adults can have difficulty expressing what they need, and instead of the crazy parents, you can get overbearing adult children.
I ended up loving my pediatric clinical rotation, for the record.