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What are the necessary steps I need to take to become a pediatrician?

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I'm asking this question because I want to help kids with their health #medical field #kids #medicine #pediatrics #pediatrician #healthcare #hospital-and-healthcare

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Hello Randy:

Thank you for your question. It's great that you want to look after our little people. I'm answering your question from a parent's perspective who has a son currently in residency as a Pediatrician. Here are a few points to consider on this long and expensive journey:

1) Make good grades in college to help you get into medical school. Prepare years in advance 

2) Score well on the MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test) Exam. Retake the exam if necessary

3) Apply to "all" the medical schools you are interested in. Rank the schools from highest to lowest. Keep in mind that you may get put on a "wait list" for acceptance to medical school. If so, this could take a number of years and then you may be competing all over with new applicants

4) Apply for financial aid early. This is extremely important. In the United States, make sure you keep good records during this time when applying for financial aid because the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) and FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) systems work together and could be quite cumbersome and confusing. Applying to financial aid was one of the most stressful time for us. . . I'm so happy that part is over

FAFSA: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsautm_source=cpc&utm_medium=search&utm_campaign=201920bff&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIv5ephs634AIVUuDICh0vcwk2EAAYASAAEgKYB_D_BwE

Of course there are many other things to consider but, from the outside looking in these things were high on our list and my son got accepted into medical school immediately after college. There's no easy road on this path. I encourage you to work hard in high school and college and remain focused. Get a good support system and you'll do well. I hope this helps. Best of luck to you on your journey to becoming a Pediatrician.

~ Sheila

Sheila recommends the following next steps:

  • Keep good records when completing the FAFSA because the data you enter on the application is pulled into the IRS system - - >https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa
  • Review the AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) site - -> https://students-residents.aamc.org/applying-medical-school/taking-mcat-exam/
  • Review the link on what you need to know about the MCAT - - > https://students-residents.aamc.org/choosing-medical-career/article/preparing-mcat-exam/
  • Bookmark all the links provided in my post