Being a pediatrician is a rewarding profession, but have you ever wondered what it takes to become one? 

Jamie Kondis, MD, a Washington University pediatrician at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, talks about how to become a medical practitioner who specializes in taking care of kiddos.

•    The first step is a four-year bachelor’s degree, often in a science-related field of study. 
•    After earning a bachelor’s degree, you’ll need a four-year degree from a medical school. 
•    After medical school, many doctors will choose to specialize in a particular field, such as pediatrics. Most specializations require a three-year program known as a residency.

At this point, a general pediatrician has worked and studied for 11 years. Some pediatricians go on to specialize in specific fields of pediatric medicine. For example, you may take your child to a pediatric gastroenterologist for stomach issues or a pediatric pulmonologist for respiratory issues.

And remember, you can check any pediatrician’s credits and certifications on the American Board of Pediatrics website at

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