The application must include the following:
- Dean’s letter (MSPE) and transcript
- Application form
- At least three letters of reference. At least one should be from someone who worked closely with you on a pediatrics rotation and who writes many letters for students, such as the student clerkship director, the director of inpatient services, a senior clinician, or one of the residency program directors. A pro forma “departmental letter” is not requested or desired unless the writer(s) know the applicant well.
- Curriculum vita, including honors and publications
- USMLE scores (Step I required, Steps II and III if available)
- Personal statement. While we recognize that most applicants use a generic personal statement for all applications, we are much more interested in learning about you personally, than about why you chose pediatrics. We want to know where you grew up and your accomplishments (things you’re proud of), your passions, your key research experiences, leadership experiences, creative or unusual things you’ve done, and what you are thinking of doing beyond your residency. Please attach an addendum to your generic personal statement discussing these things if they are not otherwise covered.
- Good quality color photograph (ideally head and shoulders with a plain background)
- Applicants with an MD/PhD or other comparably extensive research experiences should also include a letter from their research supervisor
We do not use board scores, grades or other metrics to ﬁlter applications. All applications are examined and the majority are read thoroughly and summarized in a 200 to 700 word paragraph that incorporates all the information we have. Decisions as to whether to interview or how highly to rank an applicant depend on the totality of the applicant’s record from college onward, including extracurricular accomplishments, passions, personality, leadership and other factors as well as academic achievement.