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Application Deadline: November 5, 2020

Thank you for your interest in our residency program. We begin interviews in November. Completed applications must be received by November 5, 2020, to be considered for the 2021 Match.

  • Completed applications must be received by November 5 of the year prior to the match date.
  • All applicants must register with the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) for an R1 position.
  • All applications to our residency program must come through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).
  • A complete application consists of the ERAS Common Application form, medical school transcript, personal statement, USMLE scores (Step 1), MSPE and letters of recommendation. For the 2020-21 application season, we recognize many clinical experiences have been delayed for applicants. We will consider your application complete and ready for review and invitation with receipt of ONE letter of recommendation prior to November 5th We ask for a total of THREE letters of recommendation to be submitted by January 1st, 2021 A letter of recommendation from your Chair is not required. We do not have any requirements as to the authors of the letters of recommendation other than that they are faculty you have worked with during your medical school time.
  • USMLE Step 1 must be taken prior to application and Step 2CK must be passed before the match. We do not accept applications from applicants who have not successfully passed Step 1 and we do not have a minimum Step 1 score for application consideration.
  • We accept applications from the following types of medical schools:
    • Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)–accredited medical schools in the U.S. or Canada
    • American Osteopathic Association (AOA)–accredited colleges in the U.S.
    • International medical schools if one of the following criteria is met:
      • The applicant holds current ECFMG certification before applying to our program.
      • The applicant holds a full and unrestricted medical license to practice medicine in a U.S. licensing jurisdiction in their current ACGME specialty.
      • The applicant has graduated from a medical school outside of the U.S. and has completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school.
    • All applicants must have graduated from medical school no more than one year prior to the residency start date unless they have been participating in another ACGME-accredited residency or fellowship program or other post-graduate education since graduation.
    • We have a separate match number for applicants wanting to apply to our Alaska Primary Care Track. If an applicant would like to be considered for both our categorical program and our Alaska Primary Care Track, they must apply to each program separately using the programs’ individual match numbers.
    • We have a separate match number for applicants wanting to apply to our Research Track. If an applicant would like to be considered for both our categorical program and our Research Track, they must apply to each program separately using the programs’ individual match numbers.
    • If an applicant is applying for the UW pediatric neurology residency match, they must apply through the University of Washington Pediatric Neurology Residency Program. Peds–Neuro applicants do not need to apply separately to the University of Washington categorical pediatrics program.
    • If an applicant is applying for the combined Pediatrics–Medical Genetics residency position, they must apply through the combined University of Washington Pediatric–Medical Genetics Residency Program. Peds–Med Gen applicants do not need to apply separately to the University of Washington categorical pediatrics program, unless the applicant wishes to also be considered for the UW categorical pediatrics program.

Please note that in addition to the UW policy, the UW Pediatric Residency Program uses the following criteria when making their rank list:

  • We have a holistic admissions process that emphasizes applicant experiences, background, leadership potential and lifelong learning. Our program looks for applicants that value adaptability, collaboration, communication, diversity, equity, excellence, humility, innovation, integrity and teamwork.
  • Our program does not discriminate against race, culture, ethnicity, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, spirituality, age, socioeconomic status and mental and physical status.
  • Only applicants who have applied through NRMP will be considered for R1 positions in any of our programs.

All interview decisions will be made by late November and all applicants will be emailed with the disposition of their application.

Alaska Track

There is a separate match number to apply to the Alaska Primary Care Track. To be considered for both the straight categorical program and the Alaska Primary Care Track, you must apply to each separately using their individual match numbers.

Please note that the interview process for the Alaska Track will involve two separate interview dates; one for categorical program and one for Alaska track. We recommend you schedule these interviews close together but do not require that you schedule this way.

Research Track

There is a separate match number to apply to the Research Track. To be considered for both the categorical program and the Research Track, you must apply to each separately using their individual match numbers.

Please note that the interview process for the Research Track will involve two separate interview dates; one with our categorical program and one for Research Meetings and track overview. We recommend you schedule these dates close together but do not require that you schedule this way. Please explore the exciting research taking place at Seattle Children’s and the University of Washington.

Interview Dates

Please visit the UW Pediatric Residency Program events calendar.

Interview Details

Each applicant will have two faculty interviews and one resident interview. Our faculty interviewers have had implicit bias training. Interviewers do not have access to your board scores, grades or letters of recommendation. Interviews will be conducted via Zoom.

Spend Some Extra Time Virtually in Seattle

If you have interest in visiting Harborview Medical Center, a continuity clinic site or the University of Washington, or have additional questions about living in Seattle, we are putting together a website on these topics and will post a link here when it is ready.

Typically, our residents host social events in their homes to allow applicants to get to know our residents in an informal setting. While our interview season will be remote this year, we also recognize the importance of these social events for getting a feel for the community and culture of our residency program. We will be hosting a variety of virtual social events throughout the interview season and details will be sent once your interview date is scheduled.

Diversity Socials

These informal events are designed to give applicants from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine a chance to get to know some residents and faculty from our Resident Diversity Committee. While at our socials you can ask any questions you might have, and we can give you a little taste of what Seattle has to offer. The diversity socials this recruitment season will be virtual and dates will be coming soon. If you are interested in obtaining more information or attending a Zoom event, please contact us.

For More Information

Please feel free to contact us with questions:

University of Washington School of Medicine
Pediatric Residency Program
Seattle Children’s Hospital
4800 Sand Point Way NE, OC.7.830
Seattle, WA 98105

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