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.)
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
- have fun and find things you like along the way