To become a pediatrician, one needs to complete the following programs -
- 4 year undergraduate college degree.
- 4 years of medical school.
- 3 years of residency.
Becoming a Pediatrician
The real challenge is to pass the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), based on which, one gains entry into a medical college. It is one of the most competitive examinations and students start preparing for it from as early as their junior years.
A good MCAT score doesn't guarantee admission in a medical school. You must apply to American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) and prove that you really have it in you to become a pediatrician. You need recommendations from your professors/employers. Candidates also need to appear for an interview which plays a crucial role in their selection.
On selection, you need to enroll in a medical college where you learn about healthcare practices and medicines in detail. Medical courses like biochemistry, pathology, medical ethics, psychology and anatomy are some of the subjects which are taught in the medical school. On completion, you earn a Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O) or Doctor of Medicine (M.D) degree.
Residency Program and Licensing
Once you graduate from a medical school, you have to go through residency training in a hospital, which is for a duration of three years. During the course of this program, residents practice the skills acquired during the course of four-year medical college program.
Once you have completed this phase, you need to obtain a license which allows you to practice in any state in US. Moreover, you also need to apply for a certification from the American Board of Pediatrics. Once you receive a license, you are eligible to practice and prescribe medicines to patients.
Becoming a pediatrician takes a number of years of hard work and dedication. Most students accumulate debts by the time they are in their residency programs. However, all the struggle pays off eventually as pediatricians are highly sought after and their remuneration is also among the best.