Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Pediatrics

Pediatric Residency Program FAQ

Where can I find more information on program procedures, stipends and benefits?

Housestaff for all Northwestern University affiliates (including Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago) are employed by and receive benefits through the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. The McGaw site offers  a sample contract, housestaff manual, as well as information on stipends and benefits.

Can I send a Universal Application for Residency?

No.  The only applications that we review are those that are submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

When is your deadline for applications?

While we do not have an actual deadline for applications, we do recommend that you submit yours as soon as possible.  We are unable to interview every applicant due to the volume of applications we receive, so it is in the best interest of applicants to submit early.

How many letters of recommendation do I need to submit?

We require a minimum of three letters of recommendation.

Do you require a letter from the Chair of Pediatrics at my school?

No, we do not require a chair’s letter.  We prefer letters from physicians who know the applicant and his/her work.

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

We would like letters from individuals who know you well and are able to comment on your skills, abilities, accomplishments, and suitability for a residency position.

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

No, we will review and consider any letter of recommendation that comes to us through ERAS.

What are your requirements for International Medical Graduates?

International Medical Graduates must hold the Standard Certificate of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).  Our parent program, McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, sponsors both J-1 and H-1B visas.  More information on licenses and visas can be found here.  We do not have firm cutoffs for USMLE scores, though most applicants who match in our program score in the 90th percentile or above.  We prefer that there are no interruptions in training.

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

Applicants will be notified by email of their interview status: an offer of an interview, a denial of an interview, or being placed in a holding category until we have received your Dean’s Letter that is transmitted by ERAS.

When should I call to schedule an interview?

You should call our office (312-227-3220) as soon as you have received an email inviting you to schedule your interview.  An invitation to interview does not guarantee a spot. 

When are interviews held?

Our interviews begin on November 1 and continue through January 31.  We interview seven applicants every day, Monday through Friday.