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How long does becoming a pediatrician take?

Just wondering what the time span looks like, although i'm only a sophomore in high school.

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Erik’s Answer

11 years after high school:
4 years of college
4 years of medical school (to become a doctor/MD or DO- 2 different types of medical school)
3 years of residency training in pediatrics (other specialties may have different training lengths, but the minimum amount of residency training is 3 years- for highly specialized doctors it may be 8 years)
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A Victoria’s Answer

Stopping procrastination is like any other good habit. Start with little things and build on it. For example, one adage is to start by getting up in the morning and always make your bed. Accomplishing one task gives you satisfaction and leads you to another. Another strategy is to do the thing you hate the worst first. Go ahead and get it out of the way first thing, and the day can only get better. But you are completely right. If you are going to medical school, you absolutely need to learn self discipline. Your degree and your future patients will depend on it. Good Luck!
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Meraf’s Answer

Hello Anita,
Everyones path into medicine is different and can take varying amounts of times to reach your goals. A typical track is 4 years of undergraduate schooling after high school, 4 years of medschool afterward and a minimum of 3 years of residency. However, one may consider taking gap years to focus on studying for MCATs, doing research or even gaining clinical experience. The process is tailored to you and your comfortability and goals. Hope this helps!
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Hillary’s Answer

4 years college
4 years medical school
3 years of residency at a hospital which is a training period but you are paid a salary .
If you want to be a more specialized pediatrician for example a pediatric cardiologist you can do a fellowship which is more training that is paid as well . But to be a general pediatrician you can start practicing after you finish a three year residency
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