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How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in the University of Michigan’s Department of Pediatrics Residency Program.  Applications for the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) Match are available through ERAS at:

All of our positions are filled through the NRMP Match, Program #129332. A dean’s letter, a personal statement, an official transcript, and three letters of recommendation are required.  Two of the letters must address clinical skills and must be written by clinical supervisors.  We also require that you ask the NBME to send a transcript of your USMLE step I and II scores via ERAS.

Paper applications and supporting documentation sent through the U.S. mail will  not be accepted.


To be considered by the Selection Committee, applicants must meet our eligibility criteria.  However, due to the number of applications received, not all eligible candidates can be awarded interviews.  Please see our selection criteria described below.

United States and Canadian Medical School Graduates

  1. Graduation from medical schools in the United States and Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).

American Osteopathic Graduates

  1. Graduation from colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) AND
  2. Completion of a one-year rotating internship (Mandated by the State of Michigan for osteopathic physicians)

International Medical Graduates

  1. Graduates of medical schools outside the United States and Canada must have a currently valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), or have a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States; AND
  2. Candidates must have completed at least one year of clinical training in an LCME or ACGME approved training program. This training year must consist of active, hands-on patient care for which the trainee has taken significant clinical responsibility.  This requirement cannot be met through externships or observerships or solely through clinical research experiences.
  3. If you have completed a Fifth Pathway progam in an LCME-accredited medical school, please contact us to determine your eligibility.

Selection Criteria

The Residency Selection Committee of the Department of Pediatrics will award interviews and rank applicants based on their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills and personal qualities such as motivation and integrity. The program will not discriminate with regards to sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

Candidates must meet all of our requirements to be considered:

  1. All candidates must meet our elegibility requirments.
  2. All candidates must participate in the National Resident Matching Program.
  3. All candidates must have taken and present USMLE Step I scores and Step II CK and CS scores when available.
  4. Applicants must provide a Dean's letter, official transcript, and at least three letters of recommendation. At least two letters must be from physicians who have worked closely with the applicant and who must comment on the applicant’s practice of medicine based on direct observation.
  5. Preference will be given to candidates with additional training and/or achievement in research, advocacy, or other areas important to advancing children's health.
  6. To be considered for selection, eligible candidates must be either a US citizen, carry an F-1 or a J-1 visa, or have permanent resident status (green card).

The interview day consists of an overview with the Program Director, a hospital tour, attending Morning Report, interviews with faculty, and lunch with our residents.  Interviews are not conducted during the December holiday break.  We complete our interviewing season in late January.  The deadline for application to ERAS is December 1, 2011.

Observerships/Externships are NOT provided in our Department.