Skip to main content
Sign In

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.

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:

  • We are a very competitive program and receive over 1,500 applications each year.
  • We only accept applications through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS).
    • Please do not mail, e-mail, or fax any applications
  • 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 7 is our application deadline. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered if received after this date.

Interview Day 

Interviews are held on Thursdays and Fridays, November through January. We limit the number of candidates per day to provide a more personal experience.

Evening social events are scheduled at a local restaurant during interview season. This is an opportunity for candidates to meet with residents outside the hospital in a casual setting. Details will be sent to you once your interview date is scheduled.  Please plan on attending this event and plan your travel accordingly.

Physician-Scientist Interview Days

We offer interview opportunities more specifically geared toward physician-scientists. There will be two separate interview days for applicants interested in careers that involve basic science or translational research. Invited applicants will meet with research faculty during the afternoon of their interview day.

Diversity Dinners 

The Diversity in Pediatrics Committee hosts informal dinners designed to provide applicants from diverse backgrounds with an opportunity to meet with some of the faculty and resident members of our committee. This is a great time to learn more about life in the Denver area and to ask any questions you might have about the program or city. If you are interested in attending a dinner or obtaining more information please email us at  Significant others are welcome to attend. 

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.