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What do I have to do to get into Pediatrics?

I am interest in medicine and I want to know how long it takes to go into certain fields of medicine. If you have anything else to add about Pediatrics, let me know!

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Samantha’s Answer

First, you must go to a 4-year college and receive a Bachelor's degree. You can really major in whatever you want, it does not necessarily need to be medical-oriented. I would advise though majoring in science so you learn much of what will be tested on the MCAT. You can also choose to double major, or minor in something that interests you. I majored in biology but I also loved French and Nutrition so I minored in those. Next, you must take the MCAT and apply to medical school. If you want to try and go to medical school right after you graduate from college, you should plan to take the MCAT your junior year and work on applications that summer before your senior year. If medical schools are interested in you, they will ask to interview you. Then, hopefully, you are accepted to medical school! Medical school is 4 years. A pediatric residency is 3 years after that. Then, some pediatricians will specialize and that is usually another year of a fellowship. It is a long road but it is worth it if that is what you want to do!

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Richard’s Answer

In the US, to apply to medical school, you need a bachelor's degree. Any 4-year university should suffice.


During college study for and complete the MCAT. Apply to medical schools during your last year of college.

Medical school takes 4 years to complete.

After medical school physicians complete a residency for additional training. Pediatrics residencies last 3 years and are sometimes followed by an additional one to three years of fellowship subspecialty training.

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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. 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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Tanya’s Answer

Medical school is four years. After medical school you do a residency. The length of time of a residency depends on the specialty. Although a residency is training, you are practicing as a doctor and get paid. Pediatric residencies are 3 years. After this time you can practice as a pediatrician. If you want to specialize in pediatrics, let’s say you want to be a pediatric cardiologist, there is an additional 2-4 years of training.

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Judy’s Answer

I don’t think I can say it any better than Rachel. Grades are exceedingly important to get into medical school. Once in medical school, most people don’t have time to work even a part time job so the time and monetary investment is great. Good luck with your goals!

Judy recommends the following next steps:

Look into universities with good premed programs that have a good MCAT history

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