Why did you become a pediatrician:
I became a pediatrician because, from a young age, I always wanted to be a scientist. I remember asking for a telescope at age 4, a chemistry set as a young child, and asking my father *questions* for hours about the nature of the universe.
As a teenager, I struggled to decide between studying engineering and becoming a physician. I liked understanding the natural world, but the idea of interfacing primarily with a computer for the rest of my life worried me. I enjoyed volunteering and working with people in high school, and moving away from that seemed counter to my purpose.
So, as an early college student, I decided to study biomedical engineering and pre-medicine. Initially, I thought of becoming a pediatric hematologist/oncologist, but I found everything about pediatrics intriguing. I liked the medicine and getting to know patients and families.