I asked graduating Children's National pediatric resident Dr. David Ezon (pictured here) "why pediatrics" and "why pediatric cardiology" and he told me what hooked him right from the start. Here's what he had to say:
I chose pediatrics because I love to be silly and laugh with kids. No matter how sick they are, children are perpetually smiling. I can fill even the most somber day with brief moments of the pure happiness that only children can express.Cardiology
on the other hand, offers me an opportunity to deal with really sick children. I like the idea of guiding families through what will certainly be a painfully difficult time in their lives. I see a great opportunity to comfort and console them, a do what many other physicians shy away from.
As far as why I picked cardiology
in particular- it chose me. From the first class of Embryology when I learned how a small tube of cells twists and turns to form a beating heart, I was hooked. I started to shadow a cardiologist at a local children's hospital from my first year of medical school. I was enthralled by the physiology. It's all plumbing! So simple, yet so complex. Seven years later and I am still just as excited by both the clinical aspect and the underlying science of pediatric cardiology.ABOUT OUR GUEST POST CONTRIBUTOR: Dr. David Ezon received his MD from Temple University and then (just this month!) graduated from the pediatrics residency program here at Children's National. He will be continuing his training as a fellow in pediatric cardiology at Baylor in Houston. I was proud to serve as his continuity clinic preceptor at Children's Health Center, where he definitely took the job seriously but was sometimes silly and was often making kids smile.