British Columbia Pediatric Society
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A pediatrician is a doctor who specializes in the care of children; in Latin, a pediatrician is literally a “healer of children”. Pediatrics is a very broad medical specialty, encompassing everything from broken arms to children’s oncology. Just like other medical specialties, pediatrics requires a medical school education followed by several years of residency in pediatrics or “peds”. A pediatrician who wishes to subspecialize in a particular field like oncology or orthopedics must complete an additional residency in his or her specialty.