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How long does it take to become a pediatrician?

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Lindsey’s Answer

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Hi Linda,

A lot of students have asked about the path to becoming a pediatrician so I thought I'd share some of what professionals had to say with you here.


It takes at least 13 years post high school to become a pediatrician (4 years in college to get an undergraduate degree, 4 years in medical school, and 5 years of residency). 


Mark Lester (General Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine) in Lutherville-Timonium, Maryland gave another student great advice on a similar question, he said:

I am a practicing pediatrician and I remember high school like it was yesterday. Four years of college is needed. But every year is different because you are taking different classes every semester. You are learning about the world and yourself and you are setting goals and achieving them which builds your confidence. Then medical school. The first two years are mostly in a classroom so its a lot like college except you learn exclusively things in the medical field. The third year you will be learning how to see patients and apply the knowledge you gained in the first two years. Your classroom is the hospital or office where you and a trained doctor will see patients together. And the fourth year you are more independent to care for patients yourself while still learning. After you graduate medical school you are a doctor. In medical school we learn about every major specialty (Surgery, Pediatrics, Adult Medicine, etc) but after we graduate we now pick a specialty and work in that field exclusively for 3 years or more. A surgeon has at minimum 5 years of training whereas pediatrics or adult medicine is 3 years. During these years after medical school you DO get a paycheck. Technically you are now working in medicine. But we call it extra training because there is still so much to learn. Frankly, in medicine, we practice life-long learning. We learn from every patient even after training is complete. Pediatrics is 3 years of training but if you want to become even more specialized it could be longer. So yes, 4 years of college plus 4 years of medical school plus 3 years of training but believe me each year is completely different and you will never have a more impactful job than helping sick children regain their health.

Read all of his advice here: https://www.careervillage.org/questions/10745/does-it-really-take-13-years-to-become-a-pediatrician


And according to Carol (Physician, Pediatrician, Owner at Shady Grove Pediatric Associates) in Washington:

If you want to do general pediatrics you then get a job. If you want to sub-specialize in something like cardiology or gastroenterology then you do a fellowship which may be anywhere from 2 to 4 years. During medical school and residency you take various national tests to qualify for licensure in the state you want to work. Read more of her advice here: https://www.careervillage.org/questions/10329/how-many-years-does-it-take-to-become-a-pediatrician-what-does-this-career-path-look-like-specifically

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Sunitha’s Answer

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If you’re interested in medicine, you might be considering the field of pediatrics. But you might be asking yourself how long does it take, and how can you become one? Read on to find out how long it will take you to pursue your dream of becoming a pediatrician. Learn how to get into medical school with an online class.
Becoming a pediatrician could take from ten years or longer. First, you must complete four years at a university. Once you complete that, you have to move on to four years of medical school. After medical school comes one year as a pediatrics intern, and to finish everything up, you could spend a year or longer in pediatrics residency.
Luckily, as an intern and a resident, you won’t be considered a pediatrician, but you will be getting paid for your work.

Get your high school diploma.
Get a degree from a four-year university.
Take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).
Get through medical school.
Go through an internship and/or complete residency at a hospital.
Get and keep board certification.
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Sunitha’s Answer

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If you’re interested in medicine, you might be considering the field of pediatrics. But you might be asking yourself how long does it take, and how can you become one? Read on to find out how long it will take you to pursue your dream of becoming a pediatrician. Learn how to get into medical school with an online class.
Becoming a pediatrician could take from ten years or longer. First, you must complete four years at a university. Once you complete that, you have to move on to four years of medical school. After medical school comes one year as a pediatrics intern, and to finish everything up, you could spend a year or longer in pediatrics residency.
Luckily, as an intern and a resident, you won’t be considered a pediatrician, but you will be getting paid for your work.

Get your high school diploma.
Get a degree from a four-year university.
Take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).
Get through medical school.
Go through an internship and/or complete residency at a hospital.
Get and keep board certification.
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Estelle’s Answer

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School/Training requirements for Pediatrician:

College Degree
4 years of medical school
3 years of Pedi residency

If you decide to specialize, there will be additional years after residency.
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Richard’s Answer

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4 years of college
4 years of medical school
3 years of pediatrics residency
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Angela’s Answer

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Usually it's 4 years undergrad, 4 years medical school, 4 years residency.
that is not correct--its only 3 years residency Dimple Khona Translate
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