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How long does it take to become a pediatrician? (years of school)

Asked Oakland, California

I would like to major in the medical field, i'm in 11th grade. #medicine #doctor #pediatrics #medical #pediatrician #pediatrics #doctor #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 one but, it is achievable. My son is currently a resident Pediatrician. Here are some key steps to consider:

1) Make high scores on the SAT & ACT exams

2) Select a college/university that offers at least "Biological Science" (you don't 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 a summer Internship Program (paid or volunteer)

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!

Ransi’s Answer


Four years of college followed by 4 years medical school and then 3 years of residency. Total 11 years after high school. It may take longer if you decide to spend a year or two doing research in your residency.