How long does it take you to become a pediatrician and what type of degree do you have to have?
According to Career Cruising:
“To become a pediatrician you will need to attend medical school and earn a Doctor of Medicine degree (MD). Most medical schools require applicants to have at least 3 years of undergraduate college education, including the completion of several key science courses. However, because admissions are highly competitive, most applicants have a 4 year degree, and some even have a master’s degree.
Most medical schools also require applicants to write the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Applicants’ scores on this standardized test are taken into account, along with their college grades and letters of reference. Admissions requirements vary from school to school, so it is a good idea to contact the schools you are interested in to find out their exact requirements.
Medical school takes about 4 years and provides a general medical education. At the end of the program, students become MDs. To become pediatricians, they must then complete a period of residency training, which is practical, on-the-job training that takes place in hospitals or other medical settings. Residencies in general pediatrics usually last for 3 years. If you want to specialize in a specific area, such as pediatric surgery, you will need to complete additional years in residency.
At the end of your residency period you are eligible for certification through the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP). In addition, all doctors must successfully complete licensing exams—usually through the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) or a similar licensing organization.”
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