I want to express that the doctors I shadow do surgery on patients who are newborns all the way to patients who are adolescents but I feel like this sentence has a grammatical error. Can someone help me fix it? "I shadow pediatric surgeons as they complete clinical rounds and perform surgeries on children from newborns to adolescents."

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    ... and perform surgeries on children (from newborns to adolescents). – Edwin Ashworth Aug 17 '15 at 21:27
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    Welcome to ELU.SE. We don't do proofreading; could you edit your question to indicate where you think the grammatical error is and why it's wrong? (For as much as my opinion is worth, I can't see anything wrong with it grammatically, although it makes it sound as if they operate on children during their rounds, and "perform surgeries" is not idiomatic.) – Andrew Leach Aug 17 '15 at 21:28
  • @Andrew That was last week. 109 000 Google hits for "perform surgeries"; I suspect most of them are from medical sources. – Edwin Ashworth Aug 17 '15 at 21:30
  • @EdwinAshworth Hmm. I had to get to page 8 of the results before I got to a .uk citation, and that was for the Daily Mail. So: not idiomatic in British English, anyway. – Andrew Leach Aug 17 '15 at 21:35
  • I think you've missed out a comma ~ perform surgeries on children, from newborns to adolescents ~ but otherwise the sentence is fine. – Carl Smith Aug 17 '15 at 23:56

I shadow the clinical rounds of paediatric surgeons.

"Paediatric" means "related to children", which means "related to people from birth to puberty".

  • I like "from birth to puberty" a lot. I would include that phrase in the sentence, though, since the OP wants to be very explicit about the wide range of ages in the clinical experience. – aparente001 Aug 19 '15 at 0:33

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