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How long does it take to become a pediatrician? How many years of residency are required?

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Rachel’s Answer

Pediatrics is a great field requiring a medical doctorate. This means that you will have to complete college with a bachelor’s degree as well as all of the Pre-med requirements (1 year biology, 1 year inorganic chemistry, 1 year organic chemistry + labs, physics, calculus, and biochemistry). GPA should probably be 3.5 or better (preferably >3.8). You will also have to score well on the MCAT. Once accepted to medical school, as long as you pass your classes and perform reasonably well during your four years of medical training, you can apply for a pediatrics 3 year residency.
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Richard’s Answer

4 years of college
4 years of medical school
3 years of pediatrics residency
optional fellowship

so 11-14 years after high school
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To become a pediatrician, you will have to do 4 years of college to get a bachelors degree, then 4 years of medical school. General pediatrics residency is 3 years after medical school. After that, you can be a primary care pediatrician it hospitalist (taking care of kids admitted to the hospital). If you want to sub-specialize (i.e., peds cardiology, pulmonology, heme/onc, NICU, etc) you will need an additional 3 years of fellowship.

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