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Mayelin asked: How many years of school does it take to become a pediatrician?, and one of the Pros who answered it said:
After graduating from high school, a student that wants to become a Pediatrician must finish:
four years of college, four years of medical school, one year of a Pediatrics internship and two years of a Pediatrics residency. That adds up to about 11 years of school and training to become a Pediatrician. It is important to note that during your internship and residency years, while you are still learning, you are not really in school and are getting paid for your work...
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My experience was very typical. I completed my undergraduate work in 4 years making sure to complete all the prerequisites in the first 2 years of college. I immediately went to medical school and completed it in 4 years, not opting to take extra time to get a MPH, MBA nor Ph.D. In my last year I applied for and was accepted into a pediatric residency which is a 3 year program.
There are some schools that combine undergraduate and medical school into a 7 year program and there are many people now getting dual credit in high school who only need 2-3 years to complete their undergraduate work. All medical schools in the US and Canada are 4 year programs but many students opt to add a year in pursuit of an MBA or MPH. MD/Ph.D programs can run 7-9 years depending on the Ph.D work being done.
TONYA recommends the following next steps:
****see Marc's answer
unless you do either:
> a 6-7 year college medical school combo. ( less time)
>a fellowship for specialty or research during training ( more time- amount varies)
another path to consider is- that a least one school my patients/students have told me about ( sorry I don't remember where- ? in PA-?)- has a program where you get your RN as premed and then go to med school for 4 yrs... ( something to think about- both for experience and decreased loans as you go).
Ruth recommends the following next steps:
Pick a college that suits your personality and a major that interests you. You will need to get good grades in college in order to apply for medical school. At the medical school I attended, the average GPA is reported to be 3.85, so even one or two B's can hurt your chances of acceptance.
Aside from this, any major is acceptable as long as you complete the prerequisite courses.
Typical medical school prerequisites include:
Biology: Lecture – 4 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
General Chemistry: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Organic Chemistry: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Biochemistry: Lecture – 1 semester
General Physics: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Math: Statistics – 1 semester
English: Rhetoric (Composition) and Literature – 2 semesters
Apply to medical schools during your last year of college.
Medical school takes 4 years to complete.
After medical school pediatricians complete a 3 year residency for additional training. These are sometimes followed by fellowship subspecialty training.
A few specialties, like neurology and pediatric surgery, start in residency programs other than pediatrics. These can take a little longer.
I have heard of a 6 year program that completes both the college and medical degrees in 6 years.
I graduated from high school and 11 years later started as a full time pediatrician.
A lot of people in college drop their interest in medicine after taking their first chemistry class. It usually requires very good science grades in college to get into medical school.
If you are in high school try to ace chemistry and physics.
Sons and daughters of doctors somehow get the thought that they should be doctors or their parents will be very dissapointed in them. Mine were, and I never suggested it. I would have been very surprised if they pursued medicine. Their interests were elsewhere. It was the same way in college. My beginning chemistry teacher told the whole class he was tired of doctors kids coming to him trying to get their grades lifted.
David recommends the following next steps:
4 years of college then 4 years of medical school and 3 years of Pediatric residency. Then an additional 1-3 years if you want to do a fellowship to specialize.
Also while you get "paid" during internship, residency and fellowship , that pay will not make you rich!
I wanted to add that if you want to further specialize after Pediatrics residency (ie Pediatric Cardiology etc.) it is typically 3 additional years. Pediatrics is a great field for advocacy and preventative care . Good luck!
Hope this help
Powen Hsueh DO FAAP
To become a general pediatrician, it’s 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school, and 3 years of residency training at a minimum.
I did extra training , but that’s the minimum needed above.
so to become a pediatrician you’d need to complete a bachelors degree, so 4 years of undergraduate education, during which time you’ll take the MCAT which is the entrance exam for medical school. Medical school is 4 years, the first 2 of which are pre-clinical and the 3rd/4th are clinical. During medical school you’ll take 2 medical licensing exams. After medical school, a general pediatrics Residency is 3 years. During Residency you train under other pediatric physicians and you are working as a resident and learning pediatrics. After that you can either begin practicing as a general pediatrician or choose to do a fellowship to further sub-specialize. Being a pediatrician is such a rewarding career choice. I’d advise you, if you’d like to provide healthcare, to go ahead and choose medical school. The career path may be long (8 years of university-based education and 3 years of residency training) but at the end you’ll be knowledgeable in your field and a leader and a teacher and an advocate for kids, which is the best part.
After that you can apply to medical school which will be 4 years of training. After that you will have to complete a pediatric residency training program which is usually 3 years training. So total of 7 years of medical training to become a pediatrician.
4 years of medical school then 3
Years of specialty training at a hospital Pediatric Residency program.