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 20 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.

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. Specific dates TBD.

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

International Applicants

All applicants from international medical schools must meet the minimum requirements listed above. Additionally: 

  • To be seriously considered, we expect international medical graduates to have an exceptional academic record and have prior clinical experience at an accredited US or Canadian medical center.
  • In most cases they will have completed at least 4 months of hands-on clinical training in the US, preferably involving inpatient pediatrics.
  • Applicants must hold a valid ECFMG certificate, or have a full, unrestricted license to practice medicine in the U.S.
  • Applicants must demonstrate excellent spoken and written English and the ability to work in a modern, high complexity medical center.
  • 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.
  • Residents in our program must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, refugee, asylee, or possess the appropriate documentation to allow applicant to legally train at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.  Any Visa status request must be handled on a case by case basis.  Visa sponsorship from the ECFMG is required to train at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. An ECFMG certificate is a required at the time of application.

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