Most children see a pediatrician or family practice physician for their primary care needs. This may include well check -ups, immunizations, sick visits, injuries and other areas of concern. However, a pediatrician may refer your child to a pediatric subspecialist for additional evaluation and treatment. A pediatric subspecialist is a physician who has received more extensive training in a particular area and is often board certified in that specialty area as well.
When a child and the family face a more complex or chronic condition which requires this additional expertise, a comprehensive and coordinated effort between the primary care physician and the pediatric specialist will facilitate better care and outcomes.
The physicians who are members of Georgia Pediatric Subspecialists have received additional training and experience in their particular area of expertise.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has also created referral recommendations for pediatricians in order to assist them in knowing when to refer to a pediatric subspecialist. For more information on those referral recommendations, visit www.aap.org.
Pediatric emergency physicians have expertise in dealing with medical emergencies and providing treatment that meets the unique needs of infants, children, teens and young adults. They have completed 3 or more years of residency training in either pediatrics or emergency medicine. They have 2 or more additional years of fellowship training in pediatric emergency medicine. They are certified by the American Board of Pediatrics or by the American Board of Emergency Medicine as specialists in pediatric emergency medicine.
In addition to completing 4 years of medical school, a pediatric endocrinologist has completed a 3 year residency in pediatrics and 3 or more additional years of fellowship training in pediatric endocrinology. The pediatric endocrinologist is board certified.
This pediatric subspecialist has completed 3 years of pediatric residency training in addition to 3 more years studying pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition. This training includes medical research and training centered around infants, children and teens with digestive, liver and nutritional disorders. These physicians are certified in pediatrics from the American Board of Pediatrics and in gastroenterology and nutrition from the American Board of Pediatrics Sub-board in Pediatric Gastroenterology.
A Pediatric Infectious Disease specialist has completed a pediatric residency program of at least 3 years and an infectious disease training program of at least 3 years. Once training has been completed, these physicians are certified as a pediatric infectious disease specialist from the American Board of Pediatrics. This pediatric specialist treats a wide variety of infectious and immunologic diseases and often serves as a consultant to pediatricians on complex or atypical diseases.
A pediatric otolaryngologist has completed a 4 to 5 year residency in otolaryngology/head and neck surgery and is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology Surgery. This physician has also completed an additional 1 to 2 years of a pediatric fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology.
The pediatric orthopedic surgeon has completed an orthopedic surgery residency program and additional training in pediatric orthopedics. These physicians treat children from the newborn stage through the teenage years. They are board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.
A pediatric radiologist completes at least 4 years in diagnostic radiology and then completes an additional 1 to 2 years of training in pediatric imaging. Pediatric radiologists are certified by the American Board of Radiology and have additional certification in their subspecialty.
A pediatric urologist has completed training in urology with an additional 2 year fellowship in pediatric urology. This physician is certified by the American Board of Urology. The American Board of Urology now offers a subspecialty certificate in pediatric urology that can be earned by those Diplomates of the American Board of Urology who have specialized in pediatric urology. This certificate recognizes training and experience in the care of individuals with pediatric urologic conditions of all ages.
Source: American Academy of Pediatrics www.aap.org