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Pediatric Hematologists are Doctors who use needles to draw blood from juvenile patients for the purpose of diagnosing and treating their conditions, examples of which include sickle cell anemia, hemophilia, leukemia, and lymphoma. Although children hate needles almost as much as they hate broccoli, they’re a necessary evil sometimes — especially when those kids suffer from blood diseases.
Most children only have to endure needles once a year at their Pediatrician ’s office, but children who suffer from blood diseases must deal with them on a frequent basis. Luckily, the Pediatric Hematologist knows how to do it right: by fighting fear with finesse!
As a Pediatric Hematologist, you’re an expert on blood disorders. You work in your own practice, in clinics, and at hospitals (especially children’s hospitals, where Pediatric Hematologists are in especially high demand), where it’s your job to consult with patients and their parents, draw blood, and analyze blood samples in the lab. You then determine a diagnosis, recommend a treatment plan, and administer therapies, which might include prescription medications, chemotherapy, and radiation treatment.
Of course, because you work with children, your job is more than health care. It’s also customer service: As much as treating kids, you’re trained to put them at ease with your kid-friendly bedside manner (which may or may not include the able assistance of lollipops and stuffed animals).
Because childhood is filled with skinned knees, scraped elbows, and bumped heads, you can’t protect kids from bleeding — just from bad blood!