Just to be clear, I am not a pediatrician...but I do know that value of a good pediatrician and I do know the important role that a good education can play in the making of a good pediatrician.
The concept of "fast-forwarding" college..makes me say "hmm" and makes me wonder if maybe you could do a bit more research into what a pediatrician actually does? I make that suggestion because the role of a pediatrician, in my view, is priceless. They take care of really sick kids, sometimes kids with terminal illnesses. I suspect that in order for pediatricians to do that successfully, they have to have lots and lots of training. I also imagine that the training they have to receive doesn't really have an endpoint. In general, it is my understanding that doctors have to recertify themselves every couple of years to ensure they have the skill set to continue to serve their patient communities.
And beyond any required certification rules, I would imagine that the parent of a child that his being cared for by a pediatrician, seeks comfort in knowing that their pediatrician is well-trained so that they can give the best care and recommendations.
I bet you could be an awesome pediatrician! I also think you may want to do a bit more research in the field. Some suggestions include volunteering at a children's hospital, talking to at least three actual pediatricians and talking to at least three "pediatricians in the making", specifically medical students who are seeking to become pediatricians. These three research steps could go a long way to helping you understand the time commitment that would take to be a great pediatrician.
Hope you find this answer helpful. Best of luck to you!
As others have shared some great suggestions without repeating, I'd like to let you know what the requirements are for this long journey. Below are the steps my son took to become a Pediatrician. He's now in the final phase, a Pediatric fellowship program for the next 3 years. The pediatric journey is long and expensive but quite rewarding. I hope you find these steps helpful.
• Get your Bachelor's Degree (4 years)
• Take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT Exam) and score well. Retake it if necessary
• Medical School (4 years)
• Begin the Licensure process
• Residency in Pediatrics (3 years)
• Become Board Certified
• Fellowship Program (3 years)
Sheila recommends the following next steps:
1. Use high school AP classes as college credits. Scoring well on the AP exam, ie getting a 4 or 5 will get you more credits.
You may be able to eliminate up to a year and a half of college and start as a 2nd year college student. My stepson started as a 2nd semester sophomore. (Check with your high school about which colleges accept AP classes as credits now)
2. Take required classes and get the MCAT out if the way as soon as you've taken the classes required for it and also a prep class.
3. Get your applications into med schools so you can go immediately following college.
4. Look into med schools that have a combined undergrad / MD program.
I think having a plan is key.
Good luck to you.