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What I need to major in oder to be a pediatrician?

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Shashank’s Answer

Hello Malik,

A paediatrician is a specialist who diagnoses and treats the injuries and illnesses of babies, children, and teenagers. He/she examines paediatric patients, performs diagnostic tests and prescribes or administers treatments, such as medications, vaccinations, and other therapies. To become a paediatrician, one needs to have special aptitude and love for children. Apart from this, there is a minimum academic benchmark that one must attain to become a pediatrician. One must have MBBS and MD degree in pediatrics to start a career as a pediatrician.

The academic qualifications required for becoming a pediatrician are mentioned below:

Subject Combination – Science stream with Physics, Chemistry & Biology in class 12.


Eligibility -

Candidates should have cleared class 12 with a minimum of 50% in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English (taken together) from a recognized board.
To pursue a career as a paediatrician, candidates should hold an MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery) degree recognized by Medical Council of India.
After that, candidates should have a postgraduate degree, i.e. M.D. in pediatrics, successful postgraduates can go for further specialization in medical or surgical fields. For this, candidates should have an MBBS degree with minimum 55% marks from a recognized institute/university.
Candidates can also choose to pursue Ph.D. in pediatrics and step into the field of research. For this, candidates should have a postgraduate degree in relevant subject or equivalent with at least 50% marks in aggregate. Candidates should also clear entrance exams conducted by the respective universities for the course.

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Richard’s Answer

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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David’s Answer

You can basically major in anything, however you will need to take the required pre-med courses to qualify for medical school. The sciences are recommended such as Biology, Chemistry, etc... You will have to first become and MD, and when you are an intern and fellow, you are able to choose your specialty, yours being Pediatrics.