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Application, Procedures and Requirements

Resident Recruitment Policy Minimum Standards for Selection as a University of Texas Medical Branch Categorical Pediatric Resident

UTMB accepts 12 first year pediatric residents each year through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP).

The following criteria apply to resident selection for NRMP match listing, program transfers and re-match.

Requirements for Interview Acceptance


All residency program applicants must apply via the ERAS (Electronic Residency Adpplicaiton Service) Program available through U.S. medical schools.


US graduate resident applicants must:

a. have graduated from or will graduate from an LCME approved US allopathic medical or osteopathic school by June 15th of the applicable year, or
b. have graduated from an LCME approved medical school within 3 years of application for residency UNLESS enrolled in an ACGME accredited training program or in the US military.




International Medical Graduates must:

a. have, or will have by June 15th of the applicable year, a completed ECFMG certificate and a CSA certificate where appropriate,
b. have graduated from medical school within 3 years of application for residency UNLESS enrolled in an ACGME accredited training program or in the US military, and




All resident applicants must have a face-to-face personal or detailed phone interview with the Pediatrics Program Director.


All resident applicants must have appropriate references as to potential, acceptable proficiency in the six ACGME defined pediatric competencies


Resident applicants must display the professional characteristics and behaviors expected of a physician including, but not limited to:

  a. a positive attitude towards medical students/residents in training and other health care professionals and to medicine in general,
  b. adaptability to new situations and a flexible work schedule,
  c. ability to learn quickly and follow directions,
d. accountability and dependability,




Resident applicants must be able to carry out the duties and responsibilities of their appointed position.


The deadline for applications is December 31st.

Application Deadlines:

Applications for PGY-1 positions are accepted from Sept. 1 to Dec. 31 for appointment beginning mid-June. Interviews are scheduled from October to January.

Applications for PGY-2 and PGY-3 positions will be accepted as long as positions are available.

Nondiscrimination: UTMB- Galveston, in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability or veteran status in any of its policies, practices and procedures. This includes, but is not limited to, admissions, employment, financial aid, educational services, access to facilities and services. The university is committed to developing and implementing affirmative action strategies with respect to minority individuals, women, veterans and persons with disabilities. The university employs only persons eligible to work in the United States.


The Department of Pediatrics is not obligated to continue any candidate's training beyond the first year. Residents are reappointed if their record indicates that they are capable of completing the residency and/or attaining certification by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Catalina Castro
Pediatric Residency Program Manager
Department of Pediatrics
University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX 77555-0354

Phone: 409-747-0354
FAX: 409-747-0721