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Speak up for pediatric specialty care and training–we need your help!

Claire McCarthy, MD

Living in Boston, we take it for granted that if something happens to one of our children, we can find just the right doctor to take care of them. We can find someone with expertise, someone who will know the latest treatments, who will know exactly what to do.

Here in Boston, we have lots of pediatric specialists. These are doctors who have trained in pediatrics, so fully understand all the ways that children are different from adults, and have additional training in a particular area of medicine, like heart defects or hormone problems or cancer. Here in Boston, children can get the health care they need.

That’s not the case in other parts of the country. According to an article in this month’s Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine by Dr. Dennis Rosen of Children’s Hospital Boston, there is a national shortage of pediatric subspecialists. In Alaska, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, for example, there are no pediatric pulmonologists. These doctors treat lung problems, like cystic fibrosis or asthma; they can make a tremendous difference in improving the lives of children with these diseases.

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