For Applicants

We are so excited to begin the long awaited application review! We, like all Residency Programs, will be working to complete our usual application review as quickly and efficiently as possible. We will actively be reviewing as many applications as possible from September 29, 2021 through October 13, 2021. We plan on extending as many interview invitations as we can between October 14, 2021 and October 22, 2021. If you have not heard from our program regarding your application status by October 28, 2021, please feel free to follow up with us at
Our virtual interviews will run from October 26, 2021 through December 16, 2021. Our official interviews will be three hours in length and run from 9:00 AM - Noon (Central Time Zone). We do not offer more interviews than we have capacity for, but if you are offered an interview with our program, we ask that you schedule it within three business days. 

In support of local and national recommendations, the Department of Pediatrics is solely conducting virtual interviews for the 2022 residency and fellowship application cycle.  Our programs will not grant in-person interviews or visits to our sites in order to minimize the health risks of traveling during this coronavirus pandemic and to limit disadvantaging any applicant to our programs. 

  • Application Process
  • International Medical Graduates
  • Application Process

    The Pediatric Residency Program at the University of Minnesota participates in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).  We only accept applications through the ERAS process. 

    If you have any questions regarding the application process or the status of an application, you must submit them in writing to

    Completed applications through ERAS must include:

    • A minimum of three letters of recommendation from faculty members with whom you have worked (We will review all letters that are submitted)
    • Dean's letter
    • Personal Statement
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Official Medical School Transcript
    • USMLE Step I OR COMLEX scores are required for application review

    Applicants chosen to interview with our program will be notified via email through ERAS. 

    Commitment to populations that are under-represented in medicine

    Our program is committed to training exceptional pediatric residents from all racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, gender, and sexual orientation backgrounds.  

  • International Medical Graduates

    Application criteria for our residency program for international medical graduates:

    • ECFMG certification (including CSA exam results) must be complete by June 2022
    • Completion of USMLE Steps I
    • We do not have any minimum score requirements for USMLE or COMLEX exams, but we do not accept fail scores.
    • 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.  An observership does not count towards this clinical requirement. 
    • We do not have requirements on your medical school completion date
    • J-1 visa (through ECFMG) only

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

    ECFMG-ERAS Program
    3624 Market Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19104-2685