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Will a sub specialty affect how long it takes to become a pediatrician?

Will you have to finish your sub specialty's course to be able to graduate or can you start your residency while learning? #pediatrician #medicine #medical


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Estelle’s Answer

Medical school takes four years, and a pediatric residency takes three years. If you want to be a subspecialist, you need to do a fellowship. That will add several years to your training.

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Richard’s Answer

To be a pediatrician, it takes 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school, and 3 years of pediatrics. A subspecialty fellowship adds an additional 3 years.

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Dan’s Answer

Residency is after you've graduated medical school -- it's how you become a specialist in your field of medicine. Some graduates will than decide to do a sub-specialty after they've finished residency to even further specialize themselves. It is kinda confusing, for example if you wanted to be a pediatrician you would do 3 years of training after medical school. If you wanted to go further into say, Neonatal medicine, you would do an additional 3 years after you've finished your general pediatrics training.

Also in residency you are officially no longer a student but you are a physician in training. You get paid but not much and you'll still have to study in addition to working long hours. The studying is different as you are no longer competing (for the most part) and learning for the sake of your craft.

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Alireza’s Answer

Dear Makayla R. When you are graduated from medical school, you have to apply for pediatric residency programs to become a pediatrician. Then after, depends on your interest, you choose one of the multiple available fellowship programs in the field of pediatrics for your subspecialty major such child neurology, cardiology, and GI. Please consider 3 years for pediatric residency and additional 2-3 years for the fellowship period. as usual, these steps are sequential, but there is some exceptions. You would be better to think about the normal and usual direction.

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