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How much does it cost to be a pediatrician

I want to become a pediatrician when I get older, and just want more details about the job #pediatrics

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John’s Answer

Lauren in order to become a general pediatrician, students must meet education, training, and licensure requirements. Below, you'll find more information on pediatrician requirements.

Pediatrician job duties include taking patients' medical histories, examining patients, ordering any necessary medical tests, and creating a plan of treatment for the patient. They must be able to communicate this plan and any medical options to the parents of the patient and answer any questions that they may have concerning the course of action. Pediatrician responsibilities may also include administering vaccinations, providing preventative healthcare, and teaching patients and their parents about proper healthcare, like hygiene and nutrition.

EARN YOUR BACHELOR OF SICE DEGREE – The Average Cost of a Bachelor's Degree $12,000
All physicians, no matter their specialty, must obtain a bachelor's degree followed by a 4-year medical degree. Generally, aspiring doctors can earn a bachelor's degree in any field, but must have plenty of coursework in biology, physics, math, chemistry, and English. Medical schools are usually competitive and train students in topics of anatomy, medical ethics, biochemistry, pharmacology, and more. The program generally concludes with medical rotations to allow students to experience different specialties within the field, such as pediatrics.

MEDICAL SCHOOL – The Average Cost of a Medical School $155,000
Medical schools may also vary in the kind of medical techniques they teach their students. Depending on how they are trained, pediatricians may use holistic medicine approaches, integrative medicine approaches, or alternative and complementary medicine options. These programs result in either a Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree. There are a number of top schools for holistic, integrative, and alternative and complementary medicine practices across the country.

After completing medical school, students must enter a residency program. For aspiring pediatricians, this residency program must be in pediatrics and may last about 3 to 4 years. Commonly, these residencies take place in a hospital and provide students with invaluable hands-on learning experiences.

Pediatricians in all 50 states must obtain state licensure to practice medicine. Requirements do vary by state, so students should be sure to check the specific requirements for the state in which they plan to work. A part of the licensure process includes passing a standardized national licensure exam. Based on how they were trained, MDs take the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination, while DOs take the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination.

The average Pediatrician salary in the United States is $202,400 as of May 28, 2020, but the range typically falls between $176,300 and $241,900. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession.

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Abhinav’s Answer

Hi Lauren, It shows great maturity that you are asking this question. To become a pediatrician it takes 4 years of undergraduate study and 4 years of medical school. You will have to cover the costs of these two. For many private universities without scholarship you are looking at a debt of about 300,000 following undergrad and the same amount following medical school. In state tuitions vary and so this is a attractive option to many pre-medicine students. Scholarships are also available to cover your study at many private and public universities that will be able to cut some of your expenses. Hopefully this helped!
Thank you comment icon But there are lots of scholarships and programs to defray these costs. Some medical schools are now FREE but as you can imagine the competition to get into them is stiff. Go to the best college/university you can afford. Medical School is Medical school, but check there pass rate on Step 1 and 2 board exams (These are tests you take in Med School) If almost everyone isnt passing, that is a school you should not attend. David Brottman