Caring for children
As pediatricians, we are taught to care for both child and parent. Our formal education and clinical experience prepare us to screen, diagnose and treat children, while an informal aspect pertains to responding to parents.
We are encouraged to foster a relationship of trust and honesty with the family by giving the required time and explanation. This is essential for the care of the child.
In my brief career as a pediatrician, I have already seen how both doctors and parents shortchange this essential dynamic.
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Unfortunately, time and resources are limited in health care. Physicians are often pushed to favor quantity over quality. This is where we need parents’ help.
Engage us in discussions. Ask for clarification. We are here to serve your child. It is an honor and a privilege.
Please work with us to make this the best care it can be for you and your family.
Tessa Commers, of Kansas City, is a pediatric resident. She grew up in Omaha, Neb., got her undergraduate degree at New York University and then graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine.