What Are the Qualifications of Becoming a Pediatrician?

Updated April 17, 2017

A paediatrician specialises in the medical care of children. Entering this profession takes drive and commitment, and a lot of education is required to obtain a license to practice. In fact, a successful candidate begins by taking the proper courses during high school.

Secondary School

While in high school, individuals interested in becoming paediatricians should take a variety of science classes, as well as participate in extra-curricular activities. Colleges look for successful, well-rounded students during their selection process.

Undergraduate School

Candidates aspiring to become paediatricians would best serve themselves by meeting with an academic counsellor. The counsellor assists in choosing the best program of premedical courses to properly prepare the student for medical school.

Medical School

During the first two years of medical school, prospective paediatricians are educated in general medication. This is followed by specialised study in paediatrics. Students receive medical degrees after successful completion of the program.


A residency program consists of three years of on-the-job training. Working directly with patients, residents often work extremely long hours.


Once the residency has been completed, doctors are required by law to successfully complete a medical board examination in order to obtain a license to practice.

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