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How long does it take for someone to become a pediatrician?

Asked Redwood City, California

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Ruth’s Answer

Updated Hagerstown, Maryland

traditional route-

college:4 yrs, med school :4 yrs, pediatric internship/residency: 3 yrs ( note: through med school and residency- there is increasing emphasis on real world exprience, and less on "sitting in a chair" classroom learning.)


nontraditional routes-

some schools have accelerated degrees- ( college + med for 6-7 yrs total)

you can add time to do research- ? yrs-

fellowship- add on up to 3 yrs after residency to sub - specialize.( pediatric cardiology, ped pulmonary , ped gastroenterology etc....

Ruth recommends the following next steps:

  • pick a college (think about not going into too much debt for college since there is more to come)
  • get experience with kids/teens
  • study
  • have fun and find things you like along the way

Aman’s Answer

Updated Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

It takes four years to complete medical school and three years to complete a general pediatrics residency. Pediatricians whose postgraduate training combines pediatrics with another medical specialty will spend an additional two years in their residency.