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Becoming a pediatrician ?

What’s the hardest part about becoming a pediatrician? And what can I do to prepare myself now to become a pediatrician ?

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Michel’s Answer

The other answer covered the basics really well. The other things to add to this is you are going to need to show a commitment to wanting to be a doctor while in college. Some of the big things medical admissions committees are going to look at are; research (preferably in something you are interested in and can talk about with an interviewer), volunteer work (a lot of people enjoy clinical volunteering, but a lot of places this is not possible so volunteering in your community can be very helpful in achieving your goal), leadership (find a club that you really enjoy when you go to college and create plans to improve it and work towards becoming a leader in that club), Clinical experience (not required but is helpful for admission. This will also let you know if this is something that you really want to do. Medicine is a difficult job and knowing what you are getting into is always a good idea), shadowing (you will need time following a doctor around and seeing what they do on a daily basis this will also help you get an idea if this is something you are interested in), last but not least a reason (a lot of people want to get into medicine because they want to help people. You have to be able to differentiate yourself from other people. What makes you better than other applicants find your interesting story and what differentiates you and use that to do well in your schooling and working towards your goal) For me being in the military and seeing just how bad the military handled things like PTSD drove me towards wanting to help make a change. Find what you dislike in the field and just have ideas of why you want to help make this change.
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Bhavna’s Answer

The hardest part about becoming a pediatrician is the long and rigorous educational process. To become a pediatrician, you must obtain a bachelor's degree, followed by a four-year medical degree from a medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. After completing medical school, aspiring pediatricians must complete a three-year residency program in pediatrics in an accredited medical center.

In order to prepare for a career in pediatrics, it is important to develop strong academic skills as early as possible. Students should focus on excelling in their sciences and mathematics courses and aim to build a solid foundation of knowledge and understanding in these areas. Additionally, it is also important to get experience in the field of medicine through volunteer or part-time jobs at medical centers or hospitals. It is also a good idea to become involved in activities related to pediatrics, such as shadowing a pediatrician or participating in a summer research program focused on child development or pediatrics.
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Heather’s Answer

Hardest part of becoming a pediatrician is the ability to finish/pass all the studies that come before it......

- Graduate from high school with strong academics
- Attend and finish college – 4 years (Earn a bachelor’s degree)
- Complete prerequisite courses for medical school
- Take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
- Apply/get accepted into medical school
- Attend and finish medical school – 4 years
- Complete a residency training program +/- fellowship training programs in your desired field – 3-7 years **this is finally were pediatrics starts**
- Complete a fellowship in a subspecialty area 1-3 years

The first one on the list is what I would say you can do right now to prepare yourself to becoming a pediatrician.
Thank you comment icon Thank you, Heather for the advice. Kimora
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