The application must include the following:
- ERAS Application form
- MSPE (Dean’s Letter) and transcript
- Three or four 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.
- Applicants who initially submit only three letters may submit a fourth after completing a fall elective or sub-internships.
- Applicants with an MD/PhD or other comparably extensive research experiences should also include a letter from their research supervisor.
- 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 things you are proud of including accomplishments and interests outside of school, 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 include this addendum at the end of your generic personal statement discussing these things if they are not otherwise covered in your personal statement or the application.
- Good quality color photograph (ideally head and shoulders with a plain background)
Holistic Application Review
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.