Criteria for Candidacy

Training Program Eligibility Criteria for:

U.S. Allopathic Medical School Graduates

  • Passing USMLEs with no more than one failure.
  • Application via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) including:
    • A minimum of three letters of recommendation (letters from pediatric supervisors are preferable if possible);
    • Dean’s letter;
    • Medical school transcript verifying appropriate medical education to train in a large teaching hospital;
    • Personal statement (there are no specific requirements for the personal statement but in general it should explain why you are interested in a pediatric residency and justify why you would be a good candidate); and
    • Photograph.
    • We do not require a “Chairman’s Letter.”
  • History of and commitment to treating and/or advocating for and/or conducting research for children and/or adolescents.

Osteopathic Medical School Graduates

  • COMLEX Step 1 and Step 2 scores of at least 500 or USMLE Step 1 score of at least 200 on the first attempt.
  • Application via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) including:
    • A minimum of three letters of recommendation (letters from pediatric supervisors are preferable if possible);
    • Dean’s letter;
    • Medical school transcript verifying appropriate medical education to train in a large teaching hospital;
    • Personal statement (there are no specific requirements for the personal statement but in general it should explain why you are interested in a pediatric residency and justify why you would be a good candidate); and
    • Photograph.
    • We do not require a “Chairman’s Letter.”
  • History of and commitment to treating and/or advocating for and/or conducting research for children and/or adolescents.

International Medical School Graduates

  • USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 scores of at least 225 on first attempt. Scores must be available before you can be considered for an interview.
  • Passing grade on the CSA or USMLE Step 2 CS on the first attempt.
  • Medical school graduation date of 2009 or later.
  • Appropriate medical education to train in a large U.S. teaching hospital.
  • Previous pediatric residency experiences, observership or clinical experience in the U.S. is strongly preferred.
  • Previous degree in U.S., (i.e. MPH) is also desirable.
  • Application via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) including:
    • A minimum of 3 letters of recommendation (letters from pediatric supervisors are preferable if possible);
    • Dean’s letter;
    • Medical school transcript verifying appropriate medical education to train in a large teaching hospital;
    • Personal statement (there are no specific requirements for the personal statement but in general it should explain why you are interested in a pediatric residency and justify why you would be a good candidate); and
    • Photograph.
    • We do not require a “Chairman’s Letter.”
  • History of and commitment to treating and/or advocating for and/or conducting research for children and/or adolescents.
  • U.S. citizenship or a J-1 Visa.

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