Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Pediatrics
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Application Process

Applications for residency should be sent only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Our program is listed as McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University Program, program number 3201621070.

Required Materials

  • Dean's letter
  • Transcript (including first quarter senior grades)
  • USMLE Step 1 scores
  • USMLE Step 2 scores
  • At least three letters of recommendation (a letter from Department of Pediatrics Chairperson or his/her designee is encouraged; include at least one letter from a pediatrician or subspecialist with whom you have worked closely)


Your interview day at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago begins at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast in the Medical Education Office in the main hospital. After a welcome by our Department of Pediatrics chairman, you'll meet one of our chief residents for a brief introduction to the residency program.

During the morning, you'll have the opportunity to attend our morning report conference and visit patient care rounds on the wards. You'll have three scheduled interviews with a program director, chief resident and faculty member. The day will culminate in the early afternoon after lunch with our interns and a tour of the hospital.

We invite all interviewees to meet the residents at an informal happy hour on Tuesday or Thursday evening.

Please follow the following links for more information on travel or lodging.

Frequently Asked Questions

 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 and information on stipends and benefits.

 What are the minimum requirements of the resident position?

 Can I send a Universal Application for Residency?

No. The only applications we review are those submitted through the 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.


 Do all 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. 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 on the McGaw site. 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 at 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 Nov. 1 and continue through Jan. 31. We interview seven applicants every day, Monday through Friday.

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