What is a Pediatrician?

A pediatrician is a doctor who specializes in the care of infants, children and adolescents up to about age 19 years. Like other medical specialists, pediatricians train for an additional 4 to 6 years after obtaining their MD degree.

General pediatricians see patients with a very wide range of problems, such as:
  • premature births
  • acute and chronic medical illnesses
  • developmental disorders
  • mental health challenges
  • diabetes
  • cancer
  • complex heart disease 
  • asthma and allergies

Some pediatricians are subspecialists, who care for patients with very specific needs.

In BC, a pediatrician will see a child who is referred by a family physician for diagnosis, treatment or continuing follow-up if the child has a complex problem, is seriously ill or requires hospitalization. For information about pediatricians and other medical professionals in your area, see the Directory.

What is the BC Pediatric Society?

The BC Pediatric Society (BCPS) is the Professional Association of pediatricians and pediatric sub-specialists in BC.

We have a vision! The BCPS vision is that all BC infants, children, adolescents and their families will attain optimal physical, mental and social health.

In order to realize this vision, we have these goals:
  • To advocate for improved health for infants, children, and youth, and their families
  • To advocate economically on behalf of pediatricians, and
  • To provide cme accredited educational opportunities for pediatricians and health care providers.
If you are looking for information about your child's health the BC Pediatric Society website is a good place to start!