We only accept applications for our residency program through ERAS and we participate fully with the NRMP. We have no minimum requirement for USMLE or COMLEX scores, and conduct a holistic review of each applicant’s application package before making interview invitations. We appreciate diversity of life experiences, backgrounds, and training in our selection process.
Letters of Recommendation:
Given the impact of COVID-19 on medical school schedules, we aim to be flexible with regards to the designees submitting letters. We would optimally like to have four letters of recommendation in support of each applicant to assist in our holistic review process, however will accept three if a student encounters challenges. If possible, we encourage students to obtain at least one letter from an individual in the department of pediatrics (e.g. chair, clerkship director, faculty attending, mentor, etc.) and one from an individual in the department of internal medicine (e.g. chair, clerkship director, faculty attending, mentor, etc.). The other two letters can be assigned at the applicant's discretion; however, we strongly encourage letters from individuals who have worked with you in a clinical, mentoring, leadership, or scholarly capacity to facilitate commentary on your clinical acumen, work ethic, dedication, and interpersonal communication skills. We recognize that all students may not be able to get a letter from a supervisor in the department of pediatrics and internal medicine and recommend using the guidelines in the previous sentence if they experience difficulty.
Letters of Invitation:
Due to the adjusted ERAS timeline this interview season, we anticipate sending invitations to interview at the end of October and beginning of November. As cancellations occur, we will continue to send out invitations throughout our interview season.
USLME and COMLEX Examinations:
We have no minimum requirement for USMLE/COMLEX scores and look at an applicant's entire application package before making our interview invitations. For the 2020-2021 application cycle, we will not require Step II-CK/COMLEX Level II-CE scores for an invitation to interview; however, we will require that applicants share their scores with us by the end of January 2021. USMLE Step II-CS and COMLEX Level II-PE will not be required for the 2020-2021 application cycle.
At the present time we anticipate that our program will move to virtual interviews for the safety of our applicants, our residency program, and our patients; however, that will be dependent on local, state, and national guidelines. We anticipate that we will be interviewing in November 2020 to January 2021.
We utilize the thalamus comprehensive scheduling platform to schedule our interviews. This platform provides applicants with easy, secure, and immediate interview scheduling capabilities.
Visits to our Institutions:
In previous years we were able to welcome applicants for on-site interviews as well as second look visits (though not required!) to experience something they were not able to see during their interview day. However, during the current COVID-19 pandemic we will be unable to welcome applicants to our institutions. We are very sad about this; however, the safety of our applicants is our top priority.
Holistic and Ethical Selection Process:
Our decision process is made by a diverse committee that completes a holistic review of each applicant and the qualities they will bring to our program. This committee consists of many of the people you will meet on your interview day, all of whom participate in implicit bias training on an annual basis. We also strive to adhere to all of the NRMP Match Policies in our selection and process. We attempt to limit our post-interview communication with applicants to align with recommendations from AAIM. However, we are open to answering any questions that applicants may have after they interview with us.
If you have any further questions about our application process, please don't hesitate to contact us -- especially in a year like this! We are eager to meet all of the applicants that are embarking on the journey of joining the fabulous specialty of Med-Peds!
Jennifer O'Toole, MD, MEd
Program Director, Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency