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A practicing pediatrician must obtain a medical degree from an accredited university, complete a residency and pass a state-licensing exam to obtain board ...
But there is a group of medical professionals who could step up to the plate, Jensen said — if given the resources to do so. “We have about 50,000 pediatricians out there,” he said. “If we had each of them trained [in mental health] — now we’re talking some serious numbers.”
There will always be a great demand for pediatricians, as the Baby Center states just over 4 million babies are born in the United States each year. Physicians specializing in the care of infants, adolescents and young adults will find plenty of opportunities to work and expand their interests. Although the educational road towards learning how to become a pediatrician is lengthy and costly, the benefits and rewards that await a new physician are well worth the journey.