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how many years of school needs to be taken to become a pediatrician?

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Mark’s Answer

Hi Stacyangel!

The process requires about eight years of college plus a medical residency program.

Taking a look at the steps:
Earn a bachelor's degree
Earn a medical degree
Complete a residency
Obtain a medical license
Earn and maintain certification

Depending on your specialty, a residency can take anywhere from three to six years.

Hope this helps!
Mark

Mark recommends the following next steps:

Passing the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) will be part of your pediatrician education. You will be evaluated on your knowledge of biology and physical science, cognitive skills and verbal reasoning skills.
Additional reading - https://www.careerexplorer.com/careers/pediatrician/how-to-become/
Additional reading & Source info - https://study.com/articles/How_to_Become_a_Pediatric_Doctor_Education_and_Career_Roadmap.html
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Jenn’s Answer

Hey Stacyangel,

Medical student here!

After completing high school, you will have to earn a bachelor's degree (4 years). Then go to medical school (4 years). Then complete a pediatric residency program (3 years). Then you would be a qualified pediatrician. There are optional subspecialties that you could pursue too if you want to dive deeper, those are usually another 1-3 years after, but optional!!! So after high school, 11 years!

Jenn
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