Layann Al-Saud — Pediatrics

Layann Al-Saud, like many other pediatricians, has chosen to dedicate the bulk of her medical career to the care of children. Pediatricians provide preventative care for children, from newborns to young adults. Their main responsibility is to oversee the emotional, physical, and mental health of their young patients.

Pediatricians work with children up to 21 years of age. A pediatrician’s main goals are to engender healthy lifestyles, assist children who suffer from chronic conditions, reduce infant and child mortality, and control and contain infectious diseases. Their job often focuses on diagnosing and treating injuries, infections, malignancies, genetic defects, and diseases; however, pediatricians also encourage improvements in the physical well-being of their patients. They can address issues with their patients that pertain to depression and other mental health concerns, developmental disorders, social stresses, and behavioral problems. The pediatric medical field is one that encourages collaboration with other medical professionals to find the best approach possible to benefit the patient.

In order to become professional and prominent pediatricians, like Layann Al-Saud, medical students must spend a significant amount of time on education and residency work. After graduating from medical school, future pediatricians must complete three years of further education in an accredited pediatric residency program. Residency training focuses on the care of the whole patient, from infancy to young adulthood. Once the residency has been successfully completed, the pediatrician is eligible for board certification issues by the American Board of Pediatrics after passing a written examination. Pediatricians must apply for recertification every seven years.


Originally published at on August 6, 2016.