Pediatric Residency Program - How to Apply

2024-2025 Application Season Update

Our interview days will be conducted virtually.

The CU pediatric residency program works very diligently to review each application thoroughly and in a holistic manner. This requires quite a bit of time for our reviewers to complete the task. The majority of invitations to interview with us will not be sent until after October 18th which is our internal deadline for reviewers to complete their work. Thank you very much for your patience. 

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 at 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 or COMLEX Scores
  • Successful scores on USMLE Step II or COMLEX 2 are required by the mid-point of the intern (PL1) year, but are not required to apply or interview for a position.
  • We will be using the ERAS supplemental application.

October 4, 2024 is our application deadline. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered if received after this date. If you experience extenuating circumstances that prevent you from submitting your application by October 4th, please reach out to 

Due to our holistic application review, not all interview invitations will be sent out by October 10th, 2024.

Interview Day

Interviews will be held virtually on Monday and Tuesdays morning, and Thursday afternoons, end of October through December. We will limit the number of candidates per day to provide a more personal experience.

A 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 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. 

Diversity in Pediatrics Committee (DIPC) Visiting Student Stipend 

The University of Colorado’s School of Medicine and the Children’s Hospital Colorado believe that diversity is a value that is central to their educational, research, service and health care missions. The Diversity In Pediatrics Committee’s (DIPC) mission is to recruit and support diverse pediatric residents, to better reflect the community we serve, and to increase cultural competency in the health care workforce; all while fostering a program culture that promotes and values diversity.

As part of this mission, the DIPC “Commitment to the Medically Underserved Externship Stipend” was designed to help offset the costs of an away externship rotation for fourth year medical students interested in caring for medically underserved pediatric populations in Colorado and increase the exposure that medical students have.

Here is the link to the website:  DIPC Medically Underserved Externship Stipend

Are you interested in doing an externship in Colorado?

Our fourth-year student program welcomes  students  from over 130 LCME accredited medical schools from across the U.S. and like most medical schools, we use the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS), which is an online application service developed by the AAMC for senior "away" electives. Please check with your institution to see if they use this service. In order to register for a rotation with ‚Äč our program, you will need to submit a request through VSAS.

  • Our rotations for visiting students will begin August 15th
  • Both Allopathic and Osteopathic students are encouraged to apply
  • CU does have an underrepresented minority (URM) scholarship program for interested candidates 

Any applicant who applies to VSAS also needs to complete our supplemental application form below.

Link:  University of Colorado Externship Supplemental Application   

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 applicants to have exceptional academic records and to have at least 4 months of prior clinical experience in accredited US or Canadian medical centers, preferably involving in-patient pediatrics. 
  • At least one letter of recommendation should come from a faculty member you worked clinically with at an accredited US or Canadian medical center. 

Questions regarding IMG status or previous experience are unable to be answered due to the tremendous volume of applications we receive. 

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