How To Apply - Categorical Program

Pediatric Residency Training Program

Applicants to the PL-1 year are accepted through the National Resident Matching Program. Our program only accepts applications through ERAS.

2021 - 2022 Application Season

  • We will begin reviewing applications to the Pediatric Residency Program on September 29, 2021 at 8:00am CST. All ERAS applications must be complete by Tuesday, November 30, 2021.  Should your entire file not be complete by then, it risks no longer being considered.
  • ERAS Application Form
  • CV (within ERAS)
  • Dean's Letter (MSPE)
  • Personal Statement - if applying for a scholarship track, PS should reflect specified interest in track
  • Transcript
  • We require at least 3 letters of recommendation, no more than 4 total.  We do not require a Chair’s letter, but you are encouraged to submit one if available. A Chair’s letter can serve as 1 of the 3 required letters of recommendation.
  • USMLE Scores - Step I and Step II (when available)
    • No Minimum Score Requirement
    • Passing USMLE scores are not required prior to invitation to interview but are needed prior to admission to our program

All applicants must be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis as of the program start date.  If sponsorship is needed, J-1 visas are preferred.

Please note that all application requirements listed above apply for International applicants.  In addition, we require ECFMG certification prior to the match.  We do not require prior U.S. clinical experience, but it is preferred.  We do not have a cut-off date for year of graduation, but if there has been a significant break, we ask for explanation within your personal statement.

The University of Chicago Pediatric Residency Training Program does not discriminate against Osteopathic applicants and we hold MD and DO applicants to equally rigourous standards.  Please note that all application requirements listed above apply for Osteopathic applicants.  Of note, we will accept COMLEX scores in lieu of USMLE scores.

If you have further questions, or would like to speak with one of our current DO residents please reach out to our Residency Coordinator.


The University of Chicago Pediatric Residency Training Program interviews are by invitation only and will be scheduled through the web-based ERAS scheduling module.

All interviews will be virtual. We interview Tuesdays, Wednesdays and some Fridays, see below.  

2021-2022 Interview Dates.

  • Tuesday, October 19th
  • Wednesday, October 20th
  • Tuesday, October 26th
  • Wednesday, October 27th
  • Monday, November 1st - Physician Scientist Interview Day ONLY
  • Tuesday, November 2nd
  • Wednesday, November 3rd
  • Tuesday, November 9th
  • Wednesday, November 10th
  • Thursday, November 11th - Health Services Scholarship Track Interview Day ONLY
  • Tuesday, November 16th
  • Wednesday, November 17th
  • Friday, November 19th - Medical Education Scholarship Track Interview Day ONLY
  • Tuesday, November 23rd
  • Tuesday, November 30th
  • Wednesday, December 1st
  • Tuesday, December 7th
  • Wednesday, December 8th
  • Tuesday, December 14th
  • Wednesday, December 15th
  • Friday, December 17th

Tentative Interview Day Schedule - Platform: Zoom

10:00am - 10:15am Greetings
10:15am - 10:45am Program Overview
10:45am - 11:00am Break
11:00am - 11:30am Interview
11:30am - 11:45am A "deeper dive" session
11:45am - 12:00pm A "deeper dive" session
12:00pm - 12:15pm Break
12:15pm - 1:00pm Lunch and Learn (conference with applicant videos off)
1:00pm - 1:30pm Interview
1:30pm - 1:40pm  Break
1:40pm - 1:55pm Wrap-up session
1:55pm - 2:00pm Salutations


  • Thursday, October 21st, 2021
  • Thursday, October 28th, 2021
  • Thursday, November 4th, 2021
  • Thursday, November 11th, 2021
  • Thursday, November 18th, 2021
  • Thursday, December 2nd, 2021
  • Thursday, December 9th, 2021
  • Thursday, December 16th, 2021

All happy hours will take place from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM CST.  Information will be sent out regarding these events once interviews are scheduled.

  • Monday, October 25th, 2021
  • Sunday, November 7th, 2021
  • Monday, November 22nd, 2021
  • Sunday, December 12th, 2021 (combined session with Med/Peds)

Second Look Happy Hours:

  • Sunday, January 23rd, 2022
  • Sunday, February 20th (combined session with Med/Peds)

All sessions will be held at 6:30PM CST - more information will be sent out to the invited applicants.