Pediatric Residency Program How to Apply
Pediatric Residency Program How to Apply

US Medical School Graduates

The Children's Mercy Pediatric Residency Program is sponsored by the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Each year, we appoint 24 Categorical Pediatric Residents, two Pediatrics/Child Neurology Residents, one Preliminary Pediatric Resident and six Internal Medicine/Pediatric Residents through the National Residency Matching Program.

Application Process

Our program only accepts applications through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service) and is listed under the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Three letters of recommendation from medical school faculty are required, and letters from pediatric faculty are strongly encouraged. 

For D.O. students: COMLEX Level 1 and Level 2 scores are accepted in place of USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 scores.  However, we strongly encourage applicants to take USMLE examinations, also, to facilitate fair comparisons in our ranking process.

The deadline for applications is Nov. 1. No applications will be accepted after this date.


Interviews provide the opportunity for candidates not only to meet our faculty, but tour our excellent facilities and interact with current residents. Interviews are generally held from November to January.

Children's Mercy will arrange and pay for accommodations for one night at a local hotel for applicants traveling more than 50 miles. The evening before your interview, we also invite you to join a group of our residents for dinner in one of Kansas City's numerous entertainment districts.

Thank you for your interest in the Children's Mercy Pediatric Residency Program. For more information please contact:

Sarah Braet, MBA, or Jill Edwards, BA
Pediatric Residency Program Coordinator
Children's Mercy Hospital
2401 Gillham Road
Kansas City, Mo. 64108
(816) 234-3371 or (816) 234-3585


International Medical School Graduates


Application Process

The following application requirements apply to graduates of foreign medical schools:

  • Applications only accepted through ERAS
  • Graduation from medical school since 2013
  • ECFMG certificate at the time of application
  • Minimum three-digit scores of 218 on Step I and II of USMLE
  • J-1 & H1B visas are sponsored
  • Hands-on U.S. clinical experience is strongly preferred

The deadline for applications is November 1st. No applications will be accepted after this date.

Licenses and Certificates

All graduates of international medical schools, U.S. citizens or foreign nationals, must acquire and maintain a valid ECFMG certificate to apply for a Graduate Medical Education training program at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics. Graduates of international medical schools should contact the Medical Board of Missouri for requirements to commence postgraduate training and to receive subsequent licensure.

State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts
3605 Missouri Boulevard
P.O. Box 4
Jefferson City, Mo. 65102-0004
Phone: (866) 289-5753

Foreign nationals are required to obtain a permanent resident or a J1 visa sponsored through the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). J1 visas require the successful completion of Steps I and II of USMLE and allow for a maximum stay of seven years. The ECFMG may be contacted directly for information regarding visa sponsorship applications and current immigration regulations for post-graduate training.

Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates
3624 Market Street, 4th Floor
Philadelphia, Penn. 19104
Phone: (866) 289-5753

For additional information, foreign nationals considering application to a Children's Mercy Hospital training program should contact:

Children's Mercy Hospital
Graduate Medical Education
Susan Hathaway, PhD; Administrative Director
Phone: (816) 983-6905

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