A Letter to 2020-21 Applicants

Dear Med-Peds Applicant,

The Admissions Committee for the University of Chicago Med-Peds Residency Program recognizes and understands how the COVID-19 pandemic, social injustice, racism, and violence have influenced and will continue to influence the 2020-2021 residency application cycle. We have a longstanding and unwavering commitment to maintain an equitable process that ensures the training of a diverse future physician workforce poised to meet the needs of our communities.

In particular, we understand that residency applicants have endured extreme challenges related to preparing for the USLME examinations that is different from prior years, as well as challenges related to the administration of this test. We recognize the significant concern and anxiety surrounding this exam.

Our Admissions team has always made the thoughtful and holistic review of applications a top priority, and we will take into account the structural, emotional, and physical toll of recent events as we make decisions this cycle. To that end, we will reduce the impact of USLME (or COMLEX) scores in our review process for this cycle by blinding interviewers and members of our selection committee to these scores. We will place even greater emphasis on those applicant characteristics that will predict success within our curriculum and align with our mission to recruit and train a diverse group of residents who strive to provide culturally equitable and high quality clinical care to an urban, underserved population and to become leaders and innovators in practice, administration, advocacy, research, and education.


Our Med-Peds Program accepts applications only through ERAS. The deadline to submit an application is January 15, 2021, although the vast majority of selected interviewees or wait-listed applicants will occur late October through early November. It is prudent to submit whatever material you can before October 21, 2020 to have your application initially reviewed. Our interviews, which will be entirely virtual this application season, will occur from late October to early January.

Letters of Recommendation

Three or four letters of recommendation from physicians directly involved with the applicant must be submitted before rank lists are due; however:

For students that have completed both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics clerkships, and/or Sub-I rotations, please include 1 or more letters from each department. We do not require Chair letters or letters from Med-Peds physicians.

For students who were not able to complete rotations in Internal Medicine or Pediatrics, you can submit letter(s) from either Internal Medicine or Pediatrics, and if possible, the additional letter(s) from the other specialty can be submitted later. Please contact us at medpeds-recruit@medicine.bsd.uchicago.edu if you anticipate difficulty in providing an additional letter.

We require both USLME Step 1 and 2 CK scores by the time of rank (though scores are blinded to the committee).

All applications are carefully reviewed and decisions for interviews are based upon the composite qualifications of the applicant. Thank you for your consideration of our program. We are eager to review your application.

For more information, please contact our Residency Program Coordinator at medpeds-recruit@medicine.bsd.uchicago.edu.