How to Apply


The Application Process

In keeping with public health recommendations related to COVID, the UCSF Pediatrics Residency program is conducting our Applicant Season virtually this year. Please see below for details and feel free to email us at [email protected] if you have any questions.

Please note, if you are a graduate of a medical or osteopathic school other than those in the US or Canada, you must follow different procedures before applying to the program. (Application Procedure for Graduates of International Medical Schools)

I. All Application Materials Must Be Submitted Via ERAS

PLEASE NOTE: The basic components of your application (the Common Application Form, transcript, USMLE scores, 3+ letters of recommendation, a personal statement, and the MSPE) must be received September 29th, 2021.

All tracks within our residency are selected via ERAS—ACGME ID # 3200521040.




As you become more familiar with the UCSF Pediatric Residency Training Program during the application season, you may choose to ADD or DELETE the General Pediatrics Program or the PLUS program based on your training goals. Since the PLUS program has significant overlap of core educational experiences with the General Pediatrics program, many applicants who are primarily interested in PLUS apply to BOTH programs. Conversely, applicants who are primarily interested in the General Pediatrics program do not necessarily apply to the PLUS program, owing to its more specialized curriculum. After learning more about the program, some applicants find the PLUS Program an appealing training option and decide to submit their preference for this track. The deadline to ADD PLUS on ERAS is January 21st, 2022.

II. Letters Of Recommendation

ERAS allows 4 letters of recommendation to be sent to our program in addition to the required MSPE. We highly recommend that one of these letters be from the Chair of your Department of Pediatrics or the equivalent (the Director of the Pediatric Residency Training Program, the Pediatric Clerkship Director, etc).

Additional letters of recommendation should be from faculty members who have worked with you in a clinical setting or who know you well from research, other scholarly projects, community experiences etc.We encourage you to submit letters of recommendation that give our selection committee the broadest possible view of your qualifications and attributes.

We require 3 letters of recommendation in addition to the Dean's letter; you may submit an optional 4th letter of recommendation without penalty.


Successful completion of USMLE Step 1 is required for application to the program. There is no minimum score required for application. It is strongly recommended that applicants take USMLE Step 2 CK early enough to have passing scores available for review by our Selection Committee by mid-February 2022. Other certifying examinations (such as COMLEX) are not acceptable substitutions for this, nor are they required.

IV. Phototgraphs

Photographs are NOT required to complete your ERAS application. If you choose to submit a photograph, you can do so at any point in the application process timeline through ERAS.

V. UCSF Applicant Experience

The Department of Pediatrics will be conducting our applicant season virtually to support the public health measures and recommendations from AAMC and ACGME. The Applicant Experience provides an overview of the clinical rotations, a meeting with Meg McNamara, our Program Director, individual interviews with a faculty member, fellow or resident,Q&A with residents, and virtual tours of the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital and Zuckerberg San Francisco General.

Interviews will be scheduled in November, December, and early January after our selection committee reviews applications. We will send interview invitations to you by email, so be sure to indicate your preferred email address(es) on your ERAS application.

VI. Applicant Socials

If you receive an invitation to interview with us, please consider joining us for an online Applicant Social where you can meet our residents in a more informal setting. More information about socials will be made available to applicants invited for interviews.Please contact us with any questions or requests for additional information.

Pediatric Residency Affairs Coordinator 550 16th Street, 4th Floor, Box 0110 University of California, San Francisco San Francisco, CA 94143-0110 (415) 476-6245 e-mail address: [email protected]

Applicants are considered by a selection committee; appointments are made by the Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics and are subject to the rules and regulations of the National Resident Matching Program.

ERAS: Electronic Residency Application Service

MSPE: Medical Student Performance Evaluation

2021-22 UCSF Pediatrics Program Applicant Dates coming soon