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Residents in Pediatrics at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center are selected for training based on each applicant’s preparedness, ability, aptitude and academic qualifications as defined by the Program Director in consultation with the Director of Graduate Medical Education, the Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and members of the Pediatric Recruitment and Selection Committee.

Minimum Requirements

  1. Current enrollment in or graduation from medical school within the past 5 years
  2. Submission of ERAS application, MSPE, all medical school transcripts, and personal statement
  3. Three letters of recommendation from physicians with whom you have worked directly
  4. A USMLE score of at least 200 on Step 1 and 215 on Step 2 examinations on first attempt OR a COMLEX score of at least 500 on both the Level 1 and Level 2 examinations on first attempt
  5. 12 months of “hands on” clinical experience in the US, UK or Canada (observerships do not fulfill this requirement)
  6. Certified or certification-eligible through the ECFMG (valid through the commencement of residency)*
  7. US citizenship, immigrant status or J-1 visa eligibility*

*Required for International Medical Graduates (IMGs)

Applicants must use the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) to apply. Prior to being selected as a match applicant, each candidate must be interviewed on site in order to assess personal qualities such as motivation, integrity and the ability to communicate. Such interviews are scheduled at the discretion of the Residency Recruitment Committee.

For the 2020-2021 interview season, all interviews will take place virtually (not in person). Interviews will be conducted from mid-November through mid-January. Our interview days will provide applicants with the opportunity to speak with residents, faculty, our administrative team, and the Chair of Pediatrics. For those medical students who are interested in learning more about a particular aspect of our program prior to the start of interview season, we offer the opportunity for a virtual meeting with one of our Pediatric Program Ambassadors. Please contact Kelly Barnes for further information.


Kelly Barnes, C-TAGME
Pediatric Residency Program Manager
Phone: (207) 662-2405

Maine Medical Center Department of Pediatrics
22 Bramhall Street Room 1234
Portland, ME 04102