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FAQs: Applying for Residency

Applying for residency at the Pediatric Residency Program at Goryeb Children’s Hospital:

Who can apply?

Graduates of U.S. medical schools (both allopathic and osteopathic) may apply. In addition, graduates of international medical schools may apply, as long as they are ECFMG-eligible at the time of application.

Do you sponsor visas?

Yes, we sponsor J-1 visas only.

How do I apply?

We accept only the Electronic Residency Application (ERAS).

What is the application deadline?

Candidates may apply until December 31.

Do you offer observerships?


Do you look for specific scores on licensing exams?

For both the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) and the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medicine Licensing Examination (COMLEX), we look for passing on the first attempt.  The acceptable minimum scores are 220 for USMLE and 500 for COMLEX.

Are Osteopathic candidates required to submit USMLE scores?

No, COMLEX scores are sufficient for Osteopathic candidates.  As an Allopathic program, the Pediatric Residency at Goryeb Children’s Hospital has a long history of welcoming Osteopathic trained candidates into our program.  As such, we are familiar with the COMLEX scoring system.

How long can I be out of medical school and still apply for your program?

We will consider candidates who graduated from medical school within the last five years.

Do you participate in the couples match?


How many letters of recommendation do I need?

Four, in addition to your Medical Student Performance Evaluation or Dean's letter.

Do you require a letter from the chairman of pediatrics at my school?

No. However, if you have worked closely with your chairman, either in a research or clinical setting, it would be appropriate to include a letter from him or her.

Do all of my letters of recommendation need to be from pediatricians?

No. Letters should come from faculty with whom you have worked closely and who will be best able to assess your clinical/research abilities. However, we do recommend that at least one of your letters be from a pediatrician.

Is there a maximum number of letters of recommendations you will accept?

ERAS allows as many letters of recommendation as you feel are as necessary. However, no more than four letters may be sent to any individual program.

How will I be notified if I am offered an interview?

Applicants will be notified via ERAS message when they have been offered an interview.

How much time do I have to respond to an invitation to interview?

To allow us to maximize our interview dates, we ask that you accept or decline the interview offer within five days of receiving the invitation.

How do I schedule my interview?

All interviews are scheduled directly through ERAS. After receiving an invitation for interview via ERAS message, candidates can self-schedule through the ‘Interview’ section of MyERAS. Once scheduled, all interviews will be confirmed approximately one week before the interview date.

What is the interview cancellation policy?

If for any reason you need to cancel your interview, we ask that you give us at least seven days’ notice. For any urgent situations that require rescheduling (such as inclement weather or family emergencies), please directly email the program coordinator.