Hi! My name is Daniela and I want to ask a few questions about becoming a Pediatrician. How many years of college is necessary? Which are the best schools? Was it hard to find a job? What does an average day look like? Do you get plenty of days off? What training and certification are needed? Do you need to complete exams after you are already a pediatrician to keep up with the most current medical knowledge? And, What was the most challenging part of becoming a pediatrician? Can any pediatrician please answer these.
Pick a major that interests you so you don't mind devoting a majority of your hours to studying. You will need to get good grades in college in order to apply for medical school. At the medical school I attended, the average GPA is reported to be 3.85, so even one or two B's can hurt your chances of acceptance.
Aside from this, any major is acceptable as long as you complete the prerequisite courses.
Typical medical school prerequisites include:
Biology: Lecture – 4 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
General Chemistry: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Organic Chemistry: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Biochemistry: Lecture – 1 semester
General Physics: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Math: Statistics – 1 semester
English: Rhetoric (Composition) and Literature – 2 semesters
Try to find opportunities to pursue research.
Volunteer at your local hospital or low-income clinic. Ask physicians, PAs or other clinical providers if you can shadow them.
During college study for and complete the MCAT. Devote an entire summer to studying for the MCAT and consider paying for a prep course if you can afford it.
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Apply to medical schools during your last year of college.
Any 4 year university should be able to provide you with all of the premed requirements (1 year biology, 1 year inorganic chemistry, 1 year organic chemistry + labs, physics, calculus, and biochemistry). I would look at each school individually and see which fits your personality and desired major (does not have to be science) best.
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You have to take the College entry test - ACT or SAT depending on your region/college requests. In college you take the MCAT also know as Medical School Admission Test. Once into Medical School there are part 1 and 2 of the National Medical Boards. After Residency, there is another Test for the Pediatric Boards which you take every 5-10 years. The test sound scary but you gain knowledge along the way and the test are challenging but very passable.
You can work anywhere in the country, city, rural, schools. The most enjoyable part of the career is seeing a child and family grow and develop. You learn so much from reading but even more from listening to others stories. In a typical day you see well visits for newborn to 21 year olds and sick visits adding up to 20 patients a day on average. Some providers choose to work in the hospital seeing newborns and admitted ill patients while more providers work in office settings. As I mentioned, if you love children and families , you will love a career doing what you love. Good luck on your journey and don’t forget to smell and see the roses along the way❤️
Pediatrics requires 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.
Once you complete your three year residency, you will sit for the pediatric boards. This is a final exam that will allow you to become board-certified as a pediatrician. Following this final exam, you will be required to perform a certain number of continuing medical education hours. You will also have to fulfill maintenance of certification requirements.
Many pediatricians in private practice work about 4 days per week. They will occasionally need to take night and weekend call. You will play a large role in determining your schedule and how many days you would like to work. Obviously, if you work less, you will make less money. It is a balance.