Applications, Interviews and FAQ

MedPeds residency applications are accepted only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). American medical school graduates should submit your application documents electronically via your Dean's Office Workstation. If you are a foreign medical graduate, please contact the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) for guidance on how to apply.

  • Apply
  • Interviews
  • FAQs
  • Apply

    Required application materials for US medical school graduates are as follows:

    • Three letters of recommendation in support of your application from faculty with whom you have worked
    • Dean's letter (MSPE) from your medical school
    • Personal statement
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Official medical school transcript(s)
    • Exam scores
      • USMLE Step I score, Step II prior to February rank deadline
      • DO applicants may submit COMPLEX scores in lieu of USMLE

    Required application materials for applicants in international medical graduates are as follows:

    • Three letters of recommendation in support of your application from faculty with whom you have worked
    • Dean's letter (MSPE) from your medical school
    • Personal statement
    • Curriculum vitae
    • ECFMG certification, including CSA exam results
    • USMLE Steps I and II
      • No fail scores on any USMLE Step exam
    • Six weeks of US clinical experience at one of our affiliate sites in the Twin Cities (no exceptions). An observership does not count toward this clinical requirement.

    The University of Minnesota MedPeds program accepts J-1 clinical visas only for our training program.

    Application deadline for internship starting June 2021 is December 15, 2020.

    We look forward to reviewing your application documents electronically. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact MedPeds program coordinator Erica King at 612-624-0990 or

  • Interviews

    Applicant Selection
    UMN MedPeds invites a limited number of applicants for interviews, based on complete application materials submitted through ERAS. We will contact you about the status of your application once your materials have been reviewed. If you are selected to interview with UMN MedPeds, you will be able to self-select your interview date on a first-come, first serve basis via Interview Broker.

    Interview Process Details
    UMN MedPeds has a tradition of resident-hosted dinners the night before a given interview day. These dinners provide a wonderful opportunity to meet current residents and their significant others/family members--and occasionally UMN MedPeds residency alumni! No MedPeds program leadership is present, which fosters free-flowing and open conversation. Please feel free to bring any traveling companions to dinner--the more, the merrier!

    Each interview day, the coordinator or chief resident will meet applicants in the lobby of The Graduate Hotel to escort the group on a brief walk to the primary interview location. Applicants meet with MedPeds program leadership, categorical (Internal Medicine and Pediatrics) leadership, interview with MedPeds faculty, witness an educational conference, and get additional face time with residents and other individuals in the UMN MedPeds sphere. We also set aside time for informal conversation about what it's like to live and work in the Twin Cities.

    Applicant lodging is provided this year by The Graduate Hotel. If you are selected to interview, you will be emailed specific lodging information (including confirmation number) and instructions on how to confirm your hotel reservation and obtain a deeply discounted rate.

    Transportation in the Twin Cities
    Transportation from Minneapolis/St Paul International Airport to The Graduate Hotel can be easily arranged in a number of ways:
    MetroTransit light rail offers reliable transportation to and from the airport and the UMN campus.
    MSP Airport Ground Transportation lists additional options available to you.

    The UMN MedPeds residency program provides shuttle transportation to and from resident-hosted dinners.

    Post-Interview Communication Policy
    There has been a significant national discussion around how residency programs communicate with applicants after the interview day. APDIM and AAIM have released a joint policy statement and accompanying rationale.

    In order to decrease ambiguity and stress around post-interview communications and maintain a level playing field among all applicants and programs, we've chosen to enact the following policy:
    Applicants are free to ask questions of whomever they wish, and will get a direct reply from that person. These inquiries are neither expected nor factored into the ranking process.
    The program will not send out individualized communications to a given applicant. The only communication applicants will receive from us will be those that go out to all applicants.

    Since this policy will apply to all program-initiated communications after the interview day, it is important to know that lack of contact does not imply lack of interest in a given applicant. Rather, we will uphold the spirit of the match and rank applicants based on merit and best fit for our program. We hope that applicants will do the same when creating their own rank lists.

    If you have any questions about interview days, please contact MedPeds program coordinator Erica King at 612-624-0990 or

  • FAQs

    About Intern Orientation

    How many intern positions are available?
    We match 10 residents per year.

    When does orientation start?
    Typically, intern orientation begins during the second week of June

    When is my first day on rotations?
    Typically, June 23 or June 24. We offset the early start by setting aside one week of protected vacation time for interns at the close of intern year.

    What would I need to complete before residency starts?

    Is relocation assistance available?
    Yes. The University of Minnesota Relocation Assistance Program is available to help ease the transition of moving into a new community. They provide information on moving companies, housing, child and elder care, school systems, diversity, community resources, and job search services for spouses and partners.

    About Life in the Twin Cities

    Do most residents rent or buy homes?
    The rent vs buy percentages vary by residency class, as well as the percentage of residents living in Minneapolis as opposed to St Paul.

    As far as rentals are concerned, there are many options throughout the Twin Cities ranging from individual homes, duplexes, small complexes, and high-rises. The Minneapolis StarTribune tracks average rents and vacancy rates within the Twin Cities metro area.

    Rental and neighborhood info resources include (but are not limited to) the following:

    If you are interested in buying a home in the Twin Cities, some of the closest and best resources are fellow residents and staff. Please do not hesitate to ask colleagues for realtor recommendations and their experiences buying or selling in the Twin Cities.

    What is living in the Twin Cities like?
    The Twin Cities are a vibrant place to live and work--there is truly something for everyone in the metropolitan area. It is home to six professional sports teams, a myriad of fine arts institutions and festivals. Its food scene is rife with a plethora of farmer's markets, co-ops, food trucks, distilleries, breweries, fine dining, and terrific international cuisine. Minneapolis and Portland run head-to-head annually on best urban bike access.

    Residency Miscellany

    What is the vacation/PTO policy?
    Per residency year, MedPeds residents get 24 days of PTO and 4 additional professional development/advocacy days. PTO is used for conference and fellowship interview travel, sick time, personal vacation, volunteer or advocacy work, and dedicated intern vacation time. PTO balances do not roll over from one residency year into the next.