Pediatric Residency Program - How to Apply

We seek applicants who are excited about pediatrics, work and play well with others, are intelligent and accomplished.  Applicants who bring diverse experiences and backgrounds with a wide range of interests will thrive here. We are especially interested in those who will become leaders in one or more of the many areas of academic pediatrics: medical care, laboratory or clinical research, teaching, patient advocacy, public policy or global health.

2020-2021 Application Season Update:

Our interview days will be conducted virtually this year during the Coronavirus pandemic. We are working hard to develop new programming so that we can share our residency with you and get to know you! Please reach out to us with any questions, concerns, or ideas. We look forward to meeting you! 


Application Process

Applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service, and we participate in the National Residency Match Program. The NRMP program code for the Categorical Pediatrics program is 1076320C0.

When applying to the University of Colorado Pediatric Residency Program, please consider the following requirements:

Your ERAS application must include the following minimum requirements:

  • CV
  • Dean's Letter or MSPE
  • Medical School Transcript
  • Personal Statement
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation. A maximum of 4 are acceptable, however we do not require a Letter from your Chair of Pediatrics.
  • USMLE Step I Scores
  • Successful scores on both components of USMLE Step II are required by the mid-point of the intern (PL1) year, but are not required to apply or interview for a position.
  • COMLEX scores are not accepted.

October 21 is our application deadline. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered if received after this date.


Interview Day

Interviews will be held virtually on Monday afternoons and Thursday and Friday mornings, November through January. We will limit the number of candidates per day to provide a more personal experience.

A once weekly virtual social event will occur so applicants will have the opportunity to meet with residents on a more casual level.  Details will be sent to you once your interview date is scheduled.



Physician-Scientist Interview Days

We offer interview opportunities more specifically geared toward physician-scientists. Applicants interested in careers that involve basic science or translational research will participate in a regular interview day, but will have the additional opportunity to meet with research faculty on their interview day to discuss mutual research interests and learn more about the research community on our campus. 


Physician-scientist informational sessions with faculty and current physician-scientist residents in our program will occur in November and December:

  • November 11th, 3:00-4:00 pm
  • November 18th, 3:00-4:00 pm
  • December 10th, 3:00-4:00 pm
  • December 16th, 3:00-4:00 pm

Spotlight on Diversity Sunday Brunch

Each recruiting season, the Diversity in Pediatrics Committee (DIPC) hosts events for interviewees interested in diversity equity, and inclusion. These events are open to anyone interviewing for pediatrics residency at the University of Colorado. Attendance at these events is optional and does not impact your application to the residency program or your rank status in any way. This year we will be hosting virtual Sunday Brunch throughout the recruitment season.

Please reach out to the committee at with any questions regarding our committee or the Spotlight on Diversity Brunch.

Diversity Brunch


International Applicants

We welcome and encourage all who are interested to apply to our program. We carefully review all complete applications for consideration of an interview offer.  In the midst of a global pandemic, the selection committee will be understanding and flexible with the impact of the pandemic and delays and challenges with obtaining ECFMG certification and in-person clinical experiences.

  • Applicants must be ECFMG certified by our application deadline.  If, due to the pandemic, applicants cannot meet this deadline, they need to be ECFMG certified as soon as possible.
  • Applicants must demonstrate excellent spoken and written English as well as the ability to work in a modern, complex medical center.
  • The University of Colorado sponsors J1 visas through the  Graduate Medical Education Office  and the ECFMG. In some situations, we’ll consider sponsoring H1B visas. Applicants must pass USMLE Step 3 prior to the ROL deadline to be considered for an H1B.
  • We expect international medical graduates to have exceptional academic records and to have at least 4 months of prior clinical experience at an accredited US or Canadian medical center, preferably involving inpatient pediatrics. 
  • In most cases they will have completed at least 4 months of hands-on clinical training in the US, preferably involving inpatient pediatrics.
  • Letters of recommendation must be from attending physicians who have supervised the applicant in a clinical setting and are especially useful if they are from pediatric physicians who have themselves had experience in the US.

We do not have specific criteria so emails inquiring about IMG status will not be answered due to workload involved.