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How to Apply

US medical school graduates

Children's Mercy Hospital is the sponsoring institution for the Pediatric Residency Program. Each year, we appoint 24 categorical pediatric residents, three 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 Children's Mercy Hospital. Three letters of recommendation are required, and letters from pediatric faculty are strongly encouraged. 

Chairman letters are not required.

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.

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.

Interview invites will not be sent until after October 2nd. 

Children's Mercy will arrange and pay for one night's accommodations 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:

Shelby Kaup, MBA, or Jill Edwards, MBA
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 2018
  • Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certificate at the time of application
  • Minimum three-digit scores of 250 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 Nov. 1. 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. Graduates of international medical schools should contact the State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts 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
(866) 289-5753



Foreign nationals are required to obtain a permanent resident or a J1 visa sponsored through the 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
(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
Vice Chair/Administrative Director
(816) 983-6905