Application and Selection Process


While we prefer to have in-person residency interviews, the UT GME office has followed national guidance and asked that all residency interviews this year be conducted virtually.  We take your personal safety and the safety of the community seriously and wish to keep you protected.  We are working hard to provide a well-rounded virtual interview process, highlighting the many strengths our program has to offer you.

Application and Selection Process

  1. Applications for PGY-1 resident positions are accepted only through the Electronic Residency Application System (“ERAS”).
  2. The only accepted training Visa is the J-1. The University of Texas at Houston does not support the H1-B Visa.
  3. International Medical Graduates must be ECFMG certified PRIOR to applying to our program via ERAS.
  4. Applications will be reviewed and evaluated on the basis of educational background, academic performance, United States Medical Licensing Exam (“USMLE”) scores, extracurricular activities, research experience, personal characteristics as evidenced by their personal statement, letters of recommendation, Dean’s letter, and their interviews. We require 3 letters of recommendation, none of which have to come from the Chairperson.
  5. We do not require applicants to have U.S. experience in order to apply.
  6. While we do not have a hard cut off score, we prefer an USMLE Step 1 & 2 score of 220 or better or a COMLEX score of 500 on your first attempt.
  7. We require that you have graduated from medical school within the last three years.
  8. A personal interview is required to be considered for a residency position. Interviews take place between October and January of the next year’s class.
  9. Applicants are ranked and the rank list is sent to the National Residency Matching Program (“NRMP”).  Pediatric residents at a PGY-1 level are taken through the NRMP match process only.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants with one of the following qualifications are eligible for appointment to the Pediatric Residency Program:

  1. Graduates of medical schools in the United States and Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (“LCME”).
  2. Graduates of colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (“AOA”).
  3. Graduates of medical schools outside the United States who have completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school.
  4. Graduates of medical schools outside the United States and Canada who meet the qualifications detailed below:
  • Have a currently valid certificate from the Educational Council for Foreign Medical Graduates (“ECFMG”).
  • Have notarized copies of all documents required by the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners (“TSBME”) for an Institutional Permit.

Required Documents – For International Medical Graduates (IMG’s)


2020 Pediatric Virtual Interviews