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Becoming a Pediatrician:

Pediatricians are physicians who have specialized in pediatric medicine. The first step is to become a physician. This involves graduating from college and going to medical school. Medical school is typically a four year program, although there are some schools that offer a combined BS/MD or BS/DO degree in six years. That is, a sort of combined college/medical school curriculum that takes six years vs. the traditional eight years (four years of college plus four years of medical school). To become a pediatrician, one does a residency in pediatric medicine after graduating from medical school. Pediatrics residencies are three years long. Some pediatricians will choose to sub-specialize in a more specific area, for example pediatric cardiology or pediatric emergency medicine. This requires post-residency training, called a fellowship, that takes from one to three years, depending on the particular subspecialty.

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  • I am not a doctor, but am married to one. She is a Family Practice doctor, which is considered general medicine. A pediatrician is also a medical doctor, pediatrics also being part of general medicine. What this means is that you must have a 4-year undergraduate degree and a degree from an accredited medical school or college. That is 8 years of higher education. You then have your residency period, which is a "hands on" training period where you are supervised by other doctors. That is either a 3 or 4 year period. Then you have to take your medical boards, administered by your state, I think in conjunction with the American Medical Association (AMA). You have to retake these every few years to keep your medical license. I can tell you that pediatricians are extremely dedicated medical doctors. They are also among the lowest paid, but it seems to be a very demanding and rewarding career. You don't have to be a genius in math or science, just very competent and good with people (and children).
  • A pediatrician is a medical Doctor Who specializes in the care of children. There are specialties within the specialty, ranging from neonatologists who specialize in the newborn to those who specialize in teenagers and adolescent problems, to the age of 18.

Degrees Required for Pediatricians

You must be a Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) to be a pediatrician. In other words, you must complete pre-med and medical school. It takes a total of about 11 years after high school:

  • 4 years in college for a bachelor's degree ("pre-med")
  • take the MCAT (a test to get into medical school)
  • 4 years in medical school
  • 3 years in residency

Your local college or guidance counselor will have more information.

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  • In order to be a pediatrician, one must graduate from college and then from medical school. You can go to any college for undergraduate work as long as you take the classes required to get into medical school. Generally, undergraduate work takes about four or five years to complete, and medical school is four more years after that. After medical school, you would need to complete a residency in pediatrics, which is three years.
  • Doctorate to practice medicine (MD, DO) plus current license to practice medicine.
  • An MD or DO, a medical degree. Pediatricians are doctors.
  • You would need a medical degree to start and then go on to specialize with further training in pediatrics.
  • Pediatricians need 4 years of undergraduate school followed by four more years of medical school, followed by 3 years of internship and residency.

As far as education is concerned, The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) estimates that only about one half of those who apply to medical school are accepted. This is an average; some programs are substantially more competitive. Most applicants take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) about 18 months before they plan to enter medical school; generally in April of their junior year of college. The MCAT is administered by the AAMC, which develops test content in cooperation with US medical schools. Six components determine the candidate's eligibility for medical school admission, including undergraduate course work, Grade point average, Performance on the MCAT, Extracurricular activities, Letters of recommendation and Interviews with medical school admissions committees.

The academic pressure in medical school is consistently intense. It is important to find a balance between study and personal life; your lifestyle will be different from that in college, but the workload is manageable. Most medical schools devote the first 2 years to classroom and laboratory instruction in the basic sciences. Many provide clinical rotations and/or teach the basic sciences (anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, histology, pathology, and pharmacology) with a strong clinical correlation. Students also learn how to take a patient history, conduct a physical examination, and make a diagnosis. They become familiar with the art of the patient interview and study psychosocial aspects of medicine. The third year of medical school consists of the core rotations (or clerkships), in the hospital and in ambulatory settings, which give most students their first direct patient care experiences. There is some variation (eg, some schools begin clerkships in the second year), but most schools structure rotations in 6 areas ~Psychiatry ~Pediatrics ~Obstetrics and gynecology ~Internal medicine ~Family medicine ~Surgery During the fourth year of medical school, students complete senior clerkships and subinternships, where they have more responsibility for patient care and are permitted to take more electives. Some pursue experiences in research, work with underserved cultural groups, and international child health.

Most US schools require that students successfully complete parts 1 and 2 of the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) to graduate. After successful completion of a 4-year medical school program, students choose a specialty area and enter residency training. The length of residency varies by specialty; primary care residency in pediatrics is 3 years.

For a combined total of 11-12 years of training after the completion of high school.

In order to become a pediatrician, you need to go through 11 years of training after high school:

4 years of college or university

4 years of medical school

3 years of pediatric residency

For a combined total of 11-12 years of training after the completion of high school.

In order to become a pediatrician, you need to go through 11 years of training after high school:

4 years of college or university

4 years of medical school

3 years of pediatric residency

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