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Pediatricians practice the specialty of medical science concerned with the physical, emotional, and social health of children from birth to young adulthood. Pediatric care encompasses a broad spectrum of health services ranging from preventive health care to the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic diseases. Pediatricians understand the many factors that affect the growth and development of children. They understand that children are not simply small adults. Children change rapidly, and they must be approached with an appreciation for their stage of physical and mental development.

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IMG Profile

Average Stats for a Matched US IMG in 2022:

  • USMLE Step 1 score: 220
  • USMLE Step 2 CK score: 233
  • Research: 2.0
  • Abstracts/Presentations/etc: 2.9
  • Work: 5.4
  • Volunteer: 6.1

Average Stats for a Matched Non-US IMG in 2022:

  • USMLE Step 1 score: 229
  • USMLE Step 2 CK score: 240
  • Research: 2.8
  • Abstracts/Presentations/etc: 5.7
  • Work: 6.1
  • Volunteer: 5.0
Specialty Factors

In March 2022, the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) conducted its survey of directors of programs participating in the Main Residency Match ® with the primary purpose of characterizing the factors that Program Directors use to (1) select applicants to interview, and (2) rank applicants for the Main Residency Match. See results of the Program Director Survey for Pediatrics below:

The Top 5 Most Important Pediatrics Application Factors

Percentage of Programs Citing Each Factor

  1. MSPE (91.3%)
  2. USMLE Step 1 score (84.8%)
  3. Any failed attempt in USMLE (78.3%)
  4. Grades in required clerkships (73.9%)
  5. USMLE Step 2 CK score, Class ranking/quartile, Grades in clerkship in preferred specialty (65.2%)

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

  1. Flagged by NRMP (5.0)
  2. Ability to work legally w/o visa (4.3)
  3. Professionalism and ethics(4.3)
  4. Diversity characteristics (4.2)
  5. Perceived interest in program (4.2)

Fast Facts

Total Training 3 years
Average Residency Salary $58,745.36
Average Physician Salary $244,000
Average Work Week 47 Hours
Peak Interview Months November-January
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

253 /

Number of Programs/Positions


Post-Match SOAP Unfilled Positions

Main Residency Match


Post-Match SOAP

Program Track Categorical Preliminary
Participating Programs 27 2
Filled Programs 26 2
Positions Available 80 2
Filled Positions 79 2


  • Academic Generalist
  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Allergy and Immunology
  • Cardiology
  • Child Abuse
  • Child/Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Critical Care
  • Dermatology
  • Developmental and Behavioral
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Hematology-Oncology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Neonatology
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Rheumatology

Additional Info

  • Select Pediatric programs may participate in the supplemental ERAS application. Please visit the supplemental ERAS application webpage for information, guidance, timelines, and resources.