Pediatric Surgery: Job or Vocation?
Pediatric surgery is a diverse specialty with unique challenges and high social importance. There is a wealth of opportunities for professional development and academic achievements in caring for children with complex and variable surgical conditions. Throughout time, surgical career pathways have exacted considerable demands for a multitude of skills and significant personal commitment, in which pediatric surgery is no exception. However, the rigors of the working environment are balanced by real opportunities for meaningful professional contributions and high levels of career satisfaction. This manuscript attempts to uncover the meaning of a career in pediatric surgery from several perspectives, with consideration of the roles of history, philosophy, research, and education in shaping the profession into the context of modern practice.