Competitiveness: Low

Pediatrics is a medical specialty dedicated to the physical, emotional, and social health of children, from babies to young adults. Pediatricians enjoy unparalleled relationships with their patients and their patients’ families in the pursuit of healthy child development. To that end, residency candidates interested in Pediatrics must gear their applications toward a love of working with children and families. Pediatrics training is typically three years with a wide variety of subspecialties to choose from. Pediatrics residency programs are less concerned with how high an applicant’s USMLE scores are; they are more interested in the applicant as a person and their ability to work with children effectively. It is important to do well in any Pediatric clinical rotations or experiences you complete. If necessary, candidates may want to find more Pediatric experiences to add to their ERAS application. Overall, Pediatrics is the unrivaled specialty option for residency candidates looking to work with babies, children and, young adults.

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IMG Profile

Average Stats for a Matched US IMG in 2020:

  • USMLE Step 1 score: 222
  • USMLE Step 2 CK score: 234
  • Research: 2.0
  • Abstracts/Presentations/etc: 2.8
  • Work: 4.5
  • Volunteer: 5.8

Average Stats for a Matched Non-US IMG in 2020:

  • USMLE Step 1 score: 229
  • USMLE Step 2 CK score: 237
  • Research: 2.3
  • Abstracts/Presentations/etc: 4.3
  • Work: 5.8
  • Volunteer: 4.7

Specialty Factors

Every specialty has unique factors they want each candidate to have in their residency application. NRMP conducts regular Program Director surveys to identify which parts of the residency application are most important in differing specialties. Among the information gathered, Program Directors were asked to cite factors they used to select candidates for interviews. They were also asked to rate each factor on a scale from 1 (least important) to 5 (most important).

The Top 5 Most Important Pediatrics Application Factors

Percentage of Programs Citing Each Factor

  1. USMLE Step 1 score (92%)
  2. USMLE Step 2 CK score (84%)
  3. Any failed attempt in USMLE (82%)
  4. MSPE/Dean’s Letter (82%)
  5. Grades in required clerkships (76%)

Average Importance Rating for Each Factor (scale of 1 to 5)

  1. Flagged by NRMP (4.8)
  2. Any failed attempt in USMLE (4.5)
  3. MSPE/Dean’s Letter (4.4)
  4. Evidence of professionalism and ethics (4.3)
  5. Visa Status (4.3)

Fast Facts

Total Training 3 years
Average Residency Salary $63,300
Average Physician Salary $208,000
Average Work Week 47 Hours
Peak Interview Months November,
Key Organizations and Societies: American Board of Pediatrics
Academic Pediatric Association (APA)
American Academy of Pediatrics: Pediatrics as a Profession
Academic Pediatric Association
American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians
American Pediatric Surgical Association
Association of Pediatric Program Directors
Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
  • If you are still in medical school, be sure to absolutely nail your Pediatrics rotation, how you do clinically can be more important that your USMLE exam scores

Match Statistics

Main Residency Match and Post-Match Stats


IMGs Matched

222 /

Number of Programs/Positions


Post-Match SOAP Unfilled Positions

Main Residency Match


Post-Match SOAP

Program Track PGY-1
Participating Programs 22
Filled Programs 21
Positions Available 50
Filled Positions 49


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