Applying to the Medicine Pediatric Residency Program

Application Process

Applications are only accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). American medical graduates please contact your medical school Dean's office for a copy of The Student Workstation Manual and the necessary software to submit your application. International medical graduates, please contact ECFMG at P.O. Box 13467, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3467, USA, to request an ERAS application kit.

Completed application via ERAS to include:

  • Three letters of recommendation in support of your application from faculty members with whom you have worked
  • Dean's letter (We do not require a letter from your department Chair)
  • Personal statement
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Official medical school transcript(s)
  • USMLE Step I (and Step II, if available) and/or COMLEX scores (Step II score must be submitted prior to February rank)
  • Photograph (requested, but not required)

Application Expectations

Program Name: University of Minnesota

Size of intern class: 10

Application Process: We do a holistic review of each application and our assessment of experiences, attributes and academic metrics seeks to promote social and racial justice, and strives to eliminate those metrics that perpetuate structural racism.

Number and types of letters of recommendations: We require 3 letters of recommendation, and no specific types are required. Ideal letter writers would be people who have worked with the applicant closely in a clinical setting.

Application review/invite timeline: We generally begin interview invitations about 2-3 weeks after the applications have opened, depending on the number of applications received. We release waves of interview offers spaced several days apart, and have an applicant managed waiting list once spots are full.

Approach to Step 1: We approach Step 1 as pass/fail.

Approach to Step 2: A pass is required for ranking, but not for interviewing.

Post-Interview Communication Policy: The program will not send any individualized communication to applicants after the interview day -- all communications will go to all applicants who have interviewed. Applicants are free to contact or communicate with whoever or whenever they wish.

Contact Information: Erica King, Program Coordinator:

UMN Recruitment Statement

Residency/fellowship programs select candidates from among eligible applicants based on educational history and performance, relevant board and licensing exam scores, interpersonal skills, and personal attributes, such as integrity and motivation. Personal attributes are evaluated on the basis of applicant references, and, for applicants under serious consideration, through personal interviews.

Whether selected through the NRMP, other appropriate alternative matching programs or outside the match, the Medical School does not discriminate against resident/fellow applicants on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

The Graduate Medical Education Office would like to provide you with information on our institution regarding the terms, conditions and benefits of appointments at our institution and within our GME programs.

Please visit Graduate Medical Education for more information.

International Medical Graduates

International Medical Graduates: please contact the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) for ERAS application materials and eligibility requirements.

Application criteria for our residency program for international medical graduates:

  • ECFMG certification (including CSA exam results)
  • Completion of USMLE Steps I & II with a score of 77 or higher
  • No fail scores on any USMLE Step exam
  • Dean's letter from your medical school
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty members with whom you have worked
  • Six weeks of U.S. clinical experience at one of our affiliate sites in the Twin Cities (no exceptions). An observership does not count towards this clinical requirement.
  • J-1 visa (through ECFMG)
  • Graduation year evaluated on a case by case basis

Upon email notification, qualified applicants are invited to arrange a virtual interview via Thalamus. Information on how to schedule their virtual interview and also how to RSVP for a casual, resident-hosted dinner will be included in the invitation. UMN MedPeds interviews up to 10 applicants per day.

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact:

Med-Peds Residency Program Administrator
Department of Medicine
Office of Medical Education
Postal Address: 420 Delaware Street SE, MMC 913
Physical Address: 401 East River Parkway, Suite 131
Minneapolis, MN 55455 
(612) 624-0990 

The Department of Medicine-Pediatrics participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). For information please contact: NRMP, 2501 M Street, NW, Suite 1, Washington, DC 20037-1307