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My goal in the future is to become a pediatrician, how should I prepare?

Asked Oakland, California

I am in 11th grade, and want to work in the medical field #pediatrics #pediatrician #nursing #medicine #medical #pediatrician

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Sheila’s Answer

Updated Atlanta, Georgia

Hello Melina:

Great to hear that you want to become a Pediatrician. The journey is a long and expensive one but, it is achievable. My son is currently a 1st year Resident Pediatrician. Here are some key steps to consider:

1) Make high scores on the SAT & ACT exams while in High School

2) Select a college or university that offers at least "Biological Science" (you DO NOT have to major in Pre-Med, Math, etc.)

3) Score well on the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) the "first time". Retake it if necessary

4) Apply to "all" the Medical Schools of interest

5) Medical School = 4 years

5 a) Find an Internship (paid or volunteer) over a summer

5 b) DO NOT limit yourself to where you would like to get residency Matched

6) Residency = 3 to 4 years (this comes after Medical School)

6 a) Fellowship = 3 to 4 years (this is where you Specialize in, which is after Residency).

Good Luck to You!

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