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What are the classes and internships one could take to become a pediatrician?

I am a senior in high school and I want to be a pediatrician, but I don't know much about how to do so. #experience #nursing-education

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Jennifer’s Answer

See if you can shadow your existing pediatrician & try your best to seek out relevant internship opportunities.


There are no specific classes for this in high school or undergrad & you'll only then decide about that after you've gone through clinical rotations in med school right before you apply for residency (ie, potentially 8 years after you start undergrad).


You'll need to get all your pre-med requirements out of the way as an undergrad, which I include:
2 semesters bio
2 semesters chem
2 semesters organic chem
2 semesters physics
2 semesters math (usu. Calc)
1 semester writing/English


Another option if you aren't a life sciences undergrad, you can do a 1 year post-baccalaureate full time to get a masters in medical sciences to get all the med school pre-requisites out of the way, but it can be intense course-wise, so if you're able to spread it out over undergrad, that may be better.

Thank you comment icon Thank you very much. Karen
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