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The MCAT is the medical college admissions test. To become a medical physician, you must attend a medical school, and most medical schools in the United States require the MCAT to be taken in order to be considered for admission. Your MCAT score is just one part of your application to medical school and other factors such as total GPA, science GPA, letters of recommendation, other activities, etc. are considered as well. The MCAT is for medical schools what the ACT or SAT is for college out of high school. Scoring 30+ on the MCAT means you likely have a competitive score.
Pediatricians are physicians who have specialized in pediatric medicine. SO,the first step is to become a physician. This involves graduating from college and going to medical school. Medical school is typically a four year program, although there are some schools that offer a combined BS/MD degree in six years. That is, a sort of combined college/medical school curriculum that takes six years vs. the traditional eight years (four years of college plus four years of medical school). To become a pediatrician, one does a residency in pediatric medicine after graduating from medical school. Most pediatrics residencies are three years long. Some pediatricians will choose to subspecialize in a more specific area, for example pediatric cardiology or pediatric emergency medicine. This requires post-residency training, called a fellowship, that takes from one to three years, depending on the particular subspecialty. Here is more advice: * I am not a doctor, but am married to one. She is a Family Practice doctor, which is considered general medicine. A pediatrician is also a medical doctor, pediatrics also being part of general medicine. What this means is that you must have a 4-year undergraduate degree and a degree from an accredited medical school or college. That is 8 years of higher education. You then have your residency period, which is a "hands on" training period where you are supervised by other doctors. That is either a 3 or 4 year period. Then you have to take your medical boards, administered by your state, I think in conjunction with the American Medical Association (AMA). You have to retake these every few years to keep your medical license. I can tell you that pediatricians are extremely dedicated medical doctors. They are also among the lowest paid, but it seems to be a very demanding and rewarding career. You don't have to be a genius in math or science, just very competent and good with people (and children). * A pediatrician is a medical doctor who specializes in the care of children. There are specialties within the specialty, ranging from neonatologists who specialize in the newborn to those who specialize in teenagers and adolescent problems, to the age of 18.
You have to work hard and stay in school!!!
The classes one must take to get into medical school are the same no matter which kind of physician one wants to be. Generally, the premed requirements consist of a year of biology, a year of inorganic chemistry, a year of organic chemistry, calculus, english, and a year of physics. (Check with a premed advisor to make sure that these have not changed). If you know that you have a particular interest in OBGYN, you might consider trying to volunteer with a clinic or hospital and finding an OB who would serve as your mentor to see if it's really what you want to do and to show your interest in the field. Once in medical school, all of the classes and rotations are the same for everyone until the fourth year, when elective rotations can be taken. You would need to apply to OB residency programs during that year of medical school and then complete an OB residency (tpyically 4 years). The other alternative with OB is to be a family physician who performs deliveries. Hope this helps! Dr. B.