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Application and Interview Process

  • Akron Children’s accepts only categorical pediatric residents.
  • Applicants must submit their application through the Electronic Residency Application system (ERAS) no later than October 1. Paper applications and letters of recommendation will not be accepted.
  • Virtual interviews will be conducted mid-October mid-December.
  • The program will host a “Virtual Second Look Day” on January 22, 2025.  This event will be open to all applicants who are granted and complete an interview with us.  Candidates will have opportunities to “meet” with pediatric specialists/sub-specialists in their area(s) of interest.
  • In keeping with external organizations’ policies, our program will not grant in-person interviews or visits to our hospital in order to prevent disadvantaging any applicant.
  • Applicants must have successfully passed Step 1 and Step 2 examinations to be placed on our program’s Rank List
  • Our program hosts a mandatory Intern Orientation that begins after 6/15 annually.  If you match to our program, please plan to start residency at the beginning of orientation.
  • Our program welcomes applicants from a diverse background!

Requirements for an Interview

Requirements for an Interview and being placed on our program’s match list:

  • Completed ERAS application form
  • USMLE or COMLEX steps must have been passed on the first attempt. Only official copies of the scores will be accepted (our program will not rank candidates that did not pass all parts of the step exams on the first attempt, and requires a passing score on level 2 to be placed on our rank list)
  • Medical school training extended due to academic and/or professional reasons
  • MSPE
  • Personal statement
  • Curriculum vitae
  • 3 letters of recommendation

Applicants must be no more than one year out of medical school by the beginning of residency. 

Applicants must have never been placed on probation during medical school, in a residency or fellowship program, or during the practice of medicine.

When ranking our residency program, please use this:  NRMP #1895320C0 Institution Childrens Hospital-NEOMED-OH-Akron, OH

Additional Requirements for Foreign Medical Students

  • Valid ECFMG certificate prior to starting the residency program (copy provided to coordinator)
  • We accept J-1 visas only

All of the above information must be submitted before an application can be reviewed.  In addition, all interviews are by invitation.  If you have been selected, we will contact you using the information on your application.  

Prospective employees (including residents) who test positive for nicotine will have their offer of employment rescinded and will not be permitted to start working.


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