Pediatric Scientist Development Program Application and Interview Process

Application Process

All applicants to the PedSDP at Children;s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC/UPMC Graduate Medical Education Program must apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). 

Applications are accepted and reviewed from Sept. 15 through Dec. 1. Applicants who are selected to interview will be contacted via email. Interviews are conducted late October through early-January. 

Applicants must include the following:

  • Complete ERAS application
  • USMLE - Step 1 score required with application and Step 2 score required by Feburary 15th
  • Personal Statement
  • Dean's Letter
  • Transcript
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation 

International Medical Graduates must have the following in addition to the above:

  • ECFMG Certificate 
  • One year, clinical experience in the United States
  • For additional information, please contact the residency program office at PedsResidency@chp.edu

Application Contact

If you have any questions or concerns when applying to the Pediatric Scientist Development Program, please contact our Administrator Jessica Brown at Jessica.brown8@chp.edu

ERAS Track Information

To ensure you have the correct ERAS application information for Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC please look for the tracking number 1652320 and "Pediatrics - Scientist Development Program."

Interview Process

Interview Day 1 Schedule

Pre-Interview Dinner

Applicants and their significant others are invited to join a group of our residents for an informal dinner the evening prior to your interview. The pre-interview dinner is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and your evening should end by 9 p.m. You will receive an e-mail invitation prior to your interview informing you of the dinner location.  Shuttle service to and from the dinner is also available if staying at the Program recommended hotel venue.

Interview Schedule

Time  Event 
 7:00am

Meet in the Main Hospital Lobby

The main entrance to the hospital is located at 4401 Penn Avenue

 7:30am

Group Welcome Session/Continental Breakfast

You will have the opportunity to meet with the program leadership who will share program highlights and basic information regarding the pediatric residency program

8:00am Morning Report or Chairman's Rounds
9:00am Group Welcome by the Chair of Pediatrics
9:15am Group Program Overview with Chief Residents
10:00am

Faculty Interviews

You will receive two interviews with our faculty to discuss your experiences, and ask questions about Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. If you have expressed a special area of interest, we will do our best to match you with an appropriate faculty member. One of your interviews will be with a member of the Pediatric Residency Program Leadership

11:00am

Tour of Hospital - Small Groups

Enjoy a resident led tour of our facilities and time to ask questions about the hospital, residency, and Pittsburgh

Noon

Lunch with Residents

Take the opportunity to chat with some of the residents to discover the opportunities that are available to you here at Children's Hospital and in Pittsburgh

1:30pm

Farewell/Question and Answer Session

Finish your day with a relaxing and informational conversation with our program leadership. Feel free to ask any remaining questions regarding the program

2:00pm

Interview Day Conclues

We hope that you have enjoyed your interview experience with us and wish you the very best with your residency search

Interview Day 2 Schedule

Pre-Interview Dinner

Applicants and their significant others are invited to join a group of our residents and Program Directors for an informal dinner this evening before your second interview day specifically for the PedSDP Program. The PedSDP pre-interview dinner is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. and your evening should about 8:30 p.m. You will receive an e-mail invitation prior to your interview informing you of the dinner location.  There is no shuttle service needed if you are staying at the Program recommended hotel venue.

Interview Schedule

Time  Event 
8:00am

Meet in the Main Hospital Lobby

The main entrance to the hospital is located at 4401 Penn Avenue

8:15am

Continental Breakfast

8:30am

Group Welcome by the Chair of Pediatrics

Experience a welcome from our Chair explaining our view of pediatrician-scientists, the future in this exciting field, and our commitment to the PedSDP Program

9:00am

Group Program Overview with Program Directors

You will have the opportunity to meet with the Program Directors who will share program highlights and basic information regarding the PedSDP Program

9:45am

Faculty Interviews

You will receive three interviews with our faculty to discuss your research experiences and ask specific questions about your research interest(s). We will do our best to match you with the appropriate faculty members. One of your interviews will be with a Program Director of the PedSDP program.

1:00pm

Tour of Rangos Research Building

Enjoy a short tour with the Program Director highlighting the Rangos Research Building and the lab facilities on hand in Pittsburgh

2:00pm

Interview Day Concludes

We hope that you have enjoyed your interview experience with us and wish you the very best with your residency search

Transportation Options

Driving Yourself

Upon your arrival at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, please park in the Mid-Campus Garage with entrances located on both 44th and 45th Street. Enter the hospital and walk down the transformation corridor to the main lobby. Our office staff will be waiting to greet you and provide your interview day material. Please bring your parking ticket with you for validation at the end of the day.

Staying at an Area Hotel

Shuttle service is available from most local hotels the morning of your interview. Please check with your hotel when making your reservations and confirm your transportation needs upon check-in.

Pittsburgh Area Taxi Services

Yellow Cab of Pittsburgh
 412-321-8100

Veterans Taxi of Pittsburgh
412-481-8387

Pittsburgh Airport Super Shuttle – Book online