Competitiveness: Low

It practically goes without saying that Pediatrics is a medical specialty dedicated to the physical, emotional, and social health of children from babies to young adults. Pediatricians enjoy an unparalleled relationship with their patients and their patient’s families in the pursuit of healthy child development. To that end, residency candidates interested in Pediatrics must gear their applications towards 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 is 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 unrivalled specialty option for residency candidates looking to work with children and young adults.

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IMG Profile

Average Stats for a Matched US IMG in 2018:

  • USMLE Step 1 score: 221
  • USMLE Step 2 CK score: 232
  • Research: 1.6
  • Abstracts/Presentations/etc: 1.8
  • Work: 3.9
  • Volunteer: 5.2

Average Stats for a Matched Non-US IMG in 2018:

  • USMLE Step 1 score: 230
  • USMLE Step 2 CK score: 238
  • Research: 2.1
  • Abstracts/Presentations/etc: 4.1
  • Work: 5.1
  • Volunteer: 3.7

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 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 (95%)
  2. USMLE Step 2 CK score (82%)
  3. MSPE (81%)
  4. Any failed attempt in USMLE (78%)
  5. Grades in required clerkships (77%)

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), Evidence of professionalism and ethics (4.5)
  3. MSPE (4.3)
  4. Leadership qualities (4.2)
  5. USMLE Step 1 score (4.1), Grades in required clerkships (4.1), Personal prior knowledge of applicant (4.1), Grades in clerkship in desired specialty (4.1)

Fast Facts

Total Training 3 years
Average Residency Salary $56,000
Average Work Week 47 Hours
Peak Interview Months November,
Key Organizations and Societies: American Board of Pediatrics
Academic Pediatric Association (APA)
  • 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

211 /

Number of Programs/Positions


Post-Match SOAP Unfilled Positions

Main Residency Match


Post-Match SOAP

Program Track Categorical
Participating Programs 20
Filled Programs 18
Positions Available 53
Filled Positions 51


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