What classes should you take in high school and college if you plan to become a pediatrician?

In high school you will want to take all the science and math that you can. In college, the undergraduate degree that one chooses does not matter in order to be a pediatrician (or any other type of physician for that matter) -- he or she must simply take the appropriate premed classes, graduate from college, and be accepted into medical school. The classes one must take to get into medical school are the same no matter which kind of physician one wants to be. Generally, the premed requirements consist of a year of biology, a year of inorganic chemistry, a year of organic chemistry, calculus, English, and a year of physics. (Check with a premed advisor to make sure that these have not changed). If you know that you have a particular interest in pediatrics, you might consider trying to volunteer with a clinic or hospital and finding an pediatrician who would serve as your mentor to see if it's really what you want to do and to show your interest in the field. Once in medical school, all of the classes and rotations are the same for everyone until the fourth year, when elective rotations can be taken. You would need to apply to pediatric residency programs during that year of medical school and then complete a pediatrics residency (tpyically 3 years). Here are other opinions and input: * In high school, as much advanced placement chemistry and biology as you can muster. In college, major in biology or chemistry and take the pre-med track specifically if offered. Then you will need to do an internship and then residency in pediatric medicine. Then you will need to take your boards, probably within 1-2 years after finishing your residency. (Some practices are willing to hire someone who has not yet passed his boards, but is "board eligible.") * Talk to your medical college of choice and find out what they recommend as prerequisites. Colleges have different requirements and it's best to get the information directly from them. Start planning early and things will work out far better. In any case, you will need to take and do well in, chemestry, English, a foreign language, physics and probably some upper level math. * In college, you'll probably find yourself taking lots of biology and chemistry classes. Look on medical school web sites for their entrance requirements - you will find a specific list of courses there and you can start working backward to figure out what will best help you prepare for those pre-requisites.