How many years of college do you need to become a kid doctor?
Greetings! I'm Ms. Tipton at the International Community School. My 3rd graders have a few questions and I'd like to share your advice with them. Thanks in advance!
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. Pediatricians generally work in physicians' offices and usually work in full-time positions. The job often requires doctors to be on call and work irregular hours as needed.
John recommends the following next steps:
There is 4 years of undergraduate work ideally in a college with a strong pre-medical (PRE-MED) program.
There is 4 years of Medical School, post under-grad college.
There is at least 3 years of Residency.
There could be 3+ years of Fellowship in Kids (Pediatrician ) program.
Stay focused and develop great study skills and you will get there, along with a lot of hard work and perseverance.