Timeline - Applying for Pediatric Residencies

The following timeline outlines a few more details about applying for pediatric residencies:

Third Year

Identify people to write letters of recommendation
Schedule electives & USMLE II
Attend residency selection forum

Fourth Year

July - August

Gather information about programs from websites
Open ERAS application
Contact people for writing letter of recommendations
Write your personal statement.
Meet with your career counselor.
Talk with residents and visiting students about different programs during rotations.
Attend BBQ with fellow students and residents about various programs.
Make an appointment for a Chairmanís letter


Submit your ERAS application (the earlier the better)
Follow up on letters of recommendation
Attend gathering at Dr. Stapletonís house to discuss interviewing.


Your ERAS application should be complete.
Follow up and make sure there are no problems with your ERAS application.
Begin to schedule interviews.

October - January

Interview and have fun.
Keep track of each programís strengths, weaknesses and your general impressions.
Write follow-up thank you notes.


Review your rank list with your career advisor, college mentor etc.
Submit your rank list.


Match day and you are on your way!