What are the steps to become a pediatrician? And how many years? #CV23
I’ve always wanted to become a pediatrician because, I love helping people and I’m good at working with kids. But, before pursing a career in the medical field I want to know the steps and, how many years will it take from now?
If you decide that clinical pediatrics is not necessarily the right path, I can tell you that my husband (who was once a pediatric oncologist) now works for a company that makes cancer immunotherapy drugs that mostly benefit children. So there are many ways to help kids that are not necessarily through the clinical medicine route.
Hope this was helpful!
During that time or after, you will need research experience, clinical experience (volunteer or shadow a Dr.) and travel or sports or teaching would be helpful.
4 years of medical school with extracurricular and volunteering is pediatric focused. Find a pediatric mentor.
3 years of Pediatric residency. Find mentor in subspecialty of interest.
3 years for any Pediatric specialty.
I did my training at Wayne State and Children's Hospital of Michigan. Amazing place to get your experience. Just call the front office.
I am going to put this as simply as possible. It is important to note that during many steps of this process you may need to take a gap year to gather experience before being able to move on to the next step.
The first step to becoming a pediatrician is graduating high school and getting into college.
You will need four/five years to complete a bachelor's degree.
From there's you will need to pass the MCAT (medical college admissions test) and apply to medical school.
Medical school is then another four years. You will obtain your MD here.
During this process, you will take the USMLE step 1 & 2. You will use this to apply to a pediatric residency position.
Once in, you will take the USMLE 3 and boards for the pediatric specialty. Residency for pediatricians is roughly three years.
So, if you get into everything on your first try and take no gap years you are looking at 11 years after highschool. If you graduate when you're 18, you will be 29 at the very earliest when you are a fully licensed practicing physician.
Good luck and remember to look into each of these steps individually. There are many requirements to get into medical school and residency which sometimes take years to accomplish.
James Constantine Frangos
James Constantine’s Answer
Malak, if 11 years seems daunting consider getting stackable credentials. As you go through your schooling you can get smaller credentials and work to make money from the medical field while gaining experience and possibly forming an incredible network (knowing the right people to get the job you want later on down the road).