UW Pediatric Residency Training

How to Apply

Application Deadline: October 1, 2019

Thank you for your interest in our residency program. We begin interviews in October. Completed applications must be received by October 1, 2019, to be considered for the 2020 Match.

  • Completed applications must be received by October 1 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 three letters of recommendation.
  • USMLE Step 1 must be taken prior to application and Step 2 must be taken before the match; we do not accept applications from applicants who have not successfully passed Step 1.
  • 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.

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

  • Rank list ordering is based on training program–related criteria such as preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills, motivation, integrity and professionalism.
  • Our program does not discriminate with regard to sex, sexual orientation, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability or any other applicable legally protected status.
  • Only applicants who have applied through NRMP will be considered for R1 positions in any of our programs.

We attempt to limit our interview days to 12 applicants per day, so once you receive an invitation to interview, please contact us at your earliest convenience to schedule your interview date.

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

We do not have any requirements as to the authors of the letters of recommendation.

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 an interview in Seattle and Anchorage. Should you decide to apply to both the categorical program and the Alaska Primary Care Track, you will only need to interview in Seattle once, and we will work to coordinate your interview in Anchorage during the same trip. In consideration of the additional cost involved with the two-step interview process of the Alaska Track, you will be reimbursed a portion of the cost of your travel to Anchorage.

Interview Dates

Please visit the UW Pediatric Residency Program events calendar.

Consider an Early Interview

Group of doctors smilingOctober is a wonderful time to visit Seattle. The summer crowds have gone but the summer weather still lingers. We conduct interviews beginning in October to allow us to keep each interview day small and personal.

Although your file will not be complete at the time of an October interview, please be assured we consider all new information provided to us prior to our selection committee meeting in February 2019.

If you are interested in being considered for an October interview, we will need to have received your CAF, personal statement, a copy of your medical school transcript and at least one letter of recommendation.

Once you have submitted these items through ERAS, please contact us directly to let us know you are interested in an early interview and we will review your file. Please note, however, that a request for an early interview should not be considered a guarantee of an interview.

Physician-Scientist Interview Days

We have two interview opportunities more specifically geared toward physician-scientists. The physician-scientist days will be October 25 and November 29.

On these dates, applicants interested in a career that involves basic science or translational research will spend Wednesday or Friday at Seattle Children’s interviewing and Thursday meeting with research faculty.

Please contact us if you are interested in this opportunity to explore the exciting research taking place at Seattle Children’s and the University of Washington.

Spend an Extra Day in Seattle

ResidentsYour interview day takes place at Seattle Children’s. If you have interest in visiting Harborview Medical Center, a continuity clinic site or the University of Washington, or spending time on rounds with the residents, please consider spending an additional day in Seattle. We will be happy to work with you to individualize the experience.

Our residents often host social events scheduled on Tuesday and Thursday evenings during applicant season. These events, hosted in resident’s homes, are opportunities to meet residents outside the hospital in an informal setting. Details of social events will be sent to you once your interview date is scheduled.

Diversity Dinners

These informal dinners are designed to give applicants from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine a chance to get to know a few members of the Resident Diversity Committee. All applicants are invited in diversity dinners. While at dinner you can ask any questions you might have, and we can give you a little taste of what Seattle has to offer. The diversity dinners this recruitment season will be held on October 21, November 8, November 22, December 9 and January 3. If you are interested in obtaining more information or attending a dinner, 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