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When you are certified to become a pediatrician, will you start right away as a pediatrician or will you have to go through the step ladder as an assistant, then nurse, then pediatrician doctor?

I would like to know if you go straight to become a pediatrician after medical school as you are certified or do you have to go through training at a doctor's office and be a nurse before actually treating patients as a pediatric doctor, since I would like to become a pediatrician. #doctor #career #medicine #pediatrics #pediatrician

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Estelle’s Answer

The steps to pediatrics:
College degree including the pre-med requirements and MCAT
4 years of med school
3 years of pediatrics residency

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Carol’s Answer

To become a Pediatrician you need to complete a four year college degree and then go to medical school for four years. When you complete medical school you apply for residency training in the field you are interested in pursuing. If you want to be a pediatrician, you interview and apply to pediatric residencies. You then spend three years in residency. Residency involves working as a pediatrician in training. You care for patients under the supervision of doctors who teach you what you need to know. When you finish you are eligible to take the Boards in Pediatrics to be certified to practice Pediatric Medicine in the United States. You then need to get a license to practice in the state you want to work in. Then you can work as a pediatrician.
Sounds like a lot but it is necessary to guarantee that only qualified people are practicing medicine in each specialty.

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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.

Medical school takes 4 years to complete. After medical school you are officially a doctor.

After medical school pediatricians complete a 3-year residency for additional training. During the first year of residency, you are called an intern.

After residency you are officially a pediatrician and can enter private practice or get a job in academic medicine.
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Sunil’s Answer

Hello Mayan.
Once you have completed your Medical school and accredited Residency in Pediatrics, you have to get Medical License in a particular state. Once you get your Medical License you can start Practicing as a Pediatrician. Board Certification in Pediatrics is an added credential.
Thank you comment icon Thank you for taking the time to help. Myan
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