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What type of degree do you need to become a pediatrician and are there any courses i can take now to become more experience in that field?

I am a senior in high school and i want to take pre-med courses in college. I want to become a pediatrician because i love kids and i am passionate about helping children and being a big help to the world by a little part. I want to go into college knowing exactly or at least close to what my journey will be. I know that i cant detect the future but i am going to continue to mold it into the way i plan it to be. So becoming a pediatrician is a goal and i need to know as much as possible. #medicine

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Richard’s Answer

Take as many AP or IB courses in high school, especially science classes. You have a lot of years of education in front of you and getting college credit in high school can save you time and money.
In the US, to apply to medical school, you need a bachelor's degree. Any 4-year university should suffice.
Pick a major that interests you so you don't mind devoting a majority of your hours to studying. You will need to get good grades in college in order to apply for medical school. At the medical school I attended, the average GPA is reported to be 3.85, so even one or two B's can hurt your chances of acceptance.
Aside from this, any major is acceptable as long as you complete the prerequisite courses. I chose to major in biochemistry because there was overlap with the premed requirements and I wanted to complete my degree in 3 years.
Typical medical school prerequisites include:
Biology: Lecture – 4 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
General Chemistry: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Organic Chemistry: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Biochemistry: Lecture – 1 semester
General Physics: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Math: Statistics – 1 semester
English: Rhetoric (Composition) and Literature – 2 semesters
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John’s Answer

Best wishes on becoming a Pediatrician! You need to study well and enjoy learning. Life is all about learning, from my experience, it does not stop. It is a life-long process. Embrace learning with the same passion you have for your goal of helping children and it will happen. Enjoy the Journey! I am sure you will enjoy the experience.

Classes that you need while obtaining your undergraduate degree are:
Inorganic and organic chemistry
biology and physics

Steps to becoming a Pediatrician

Step 1: Earn a Bachelor's Degree
Step 2: Graduate From Medical School
Step 3: Earn a License
Step 4: Complete a Pediatric Residency
Step 5: Consider Earning Board Certification

Thank you comment icon Thank you for your advice i will definitely keep all of this in mind while completing my college journey. This will help me map out the ways i will go in order to complete the journey that I will soon start. Thanks again for your input. Shamya