Pediatric Residencies Application and Interview Process

All applicants to either the Pediatric Residency Program (categorical), the PALS Residency Program- Pediatric Advocacy-Leadership-Service (primary care), or any of the Combined Pediatric Training Programs at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh must apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

We evaluate all applications based on merit regardless of the applicant’s race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, genetics, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, familial status, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected group status. We prioritize those from applicants who have graduated from medical school in the past 5 years. 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.

Applications must include the following:

  • Complete ERAS application
  • USMLE – Step 1 score required with application and Step 2 score required by February 15th
  • Personal Statement
  • Dean’s Letter
  • Transcript
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • ECFMG Certificate (for International Medical Graduates only)

Interview Process

Interview Schedule

Time  Event 

Meet in the Main Hospital Lobby

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


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 Zitelli Rounds
9:00am Group Welcome by the Chair of Pediatrics
9:15am Group Program Overview with Chief Residents

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


Tour of Hospital - Small Groups

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


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


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


Interview Day Conclues

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

Transportation & Travel 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


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