Application

    What are we looking for?

    Early Recruitment

    Graduates of medical schools in the United States and other countries are eligible to apply. We seek applicants who are intelligent, curious, creative, energetic, personable, and accomplished. We are very interested in having a diverse residency class and wish to attract exceptional applicants with wide ranging interests and talents from all parts of the country and beyond. We are especially interested in those who will become leaders in one or more of the many areas of academic pediatrics: medical care, laboratory or clinical research, teaching, patient advocacy, public policy or global health.

    PL-1 Applications - Three Years Pediatric Residency Positions

    We accept up to 31 PL-1 residents in the Categorical Track and up to 11 residents in the Urban Health and Advocacy Track. For PL-1 positions, the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics (BCRP) participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Applications will only be accepted through ERAS.

    Candidates may apply to either one or both tracks. Each track has its own NRMP match number. The tracks are listed in the NRMP Directory as follows:

    Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics

    • Peds-Categorical Track/Children's Hospital Boston: #1259320C0
    • Peds-Urban Health and Advocacy Track/Boston Medical Center: #1259320C1

    PL1 Applications -- Two Year Pediatric Residency Positions

    Fast-tracking:

    We allow residents to enter both of the "fast-tracking" research pathways offered by the American Board of Pediatrics.

    Combined Pediatrics-Medical Genetics:

    We are happy to consider applicants who would like to participate in a combined residency program with Medical Genetics. We can accommodate up to two such positions a year. Applicants interested in this option should contact Dr. Amy Roberts. The application is submitted as described above for PL-1 applicants. Please clarify in either your personal statement or by separate communication with Dr. Roberts and Dr. Sam Lux that you are interested in the combined program. Those invited for a BCRP interview will have additional interviews with the clinical genetics faculty. The combined program has its own NRMP Match number listed in the NRMP Directory as: Pediatrics/Medical Genetics #7652444017.Applicants interested in the combined Pediatric-Medical Genetics program should also apply to the BCRP and make their interest in genetics clear in their personal statement

    Child Neurology
    We offer 2-year positions for a subset of residents who match in the child neurology residencies at Boston Children's Hospital and Boston Medical Center  but who first need to complete two years of pediatric residency training. Applications to the Child Neurology match are now processed through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) instead of the San Francisco Match, and are simultaneous with the match for general pediatrics.

    There are two types of slots open in the Child Neurology program at Boston Children's Hospital Boston Children's Hospital offers a combined BCRP Pediatrics-Child Neurology program (termed the "Categorical" program) in which the match is for 2 years of general pediatrics (beginning 2014) in the Boston Combined Residency Program in pediatrics at Children's Hospital Boston and Boston Medical Center, and three years of child neurology at Children's Hospital Boston (beginning 2016). We have up to four positions in this program. Applicants who match in this track are guaranteed a position in the BCRP. The NRMP Match number for the combined BCRP Pediatrics-CHB Child Neurology program is #1259185C0.

    The Children's Hospital Neurology Department offers an additional one or more "Advanced" positions for 3 years of child neurology, which will begin in 2016. Applicants who match in the advanced positions match independently in pediatrics and are not guaranteed a position in the BCRP residency class. The NRMP Match number for this track is #1259185A0. The total number of Categorical and Advanced positions is five.

    Applicants may apply for both the combined (categorical) track in child neurology as well as the advanced track. Similarly, applicants who apply for the combined track may also apply to the Categorical or UHAT tracks in pediatrics, independently of child neurology or together with an application to the advanced track in child neurology.

    The Child Neurology program at Boston Medical Center offers one Categorical position and one Advanced position. Applicants who match in the Categorical position are guaranteed a position in the UHAT track in the BCRP beginning in 2014 and will begin their child neurology training in 2016. Applicants who match in the Advanced position will begin their child neurology training at BMC in 2016 but must match independently in pediatrics. The NRMP Match number for the Categorical track is 1257185C0. The number for the Advanced track is #1257185A0. Applicants interested in any of these Child Neurology programs should also apply to the BCRP and make their interest in child neurology clear in their personal statement.

    Neurodevelopmental Disabilities: 

    We offer up to one 2-year position to those interested in neurodevelopmental disabilities (NDD) training. This is an ACGME-accredited program combining 2-years of pediatric training with 1-year of adult neurology and adult NDD, 18-months of clinical NDD and child neurology, and 18-months of basic and clinical sciences. Upon completion of the training, the resident is board eligible for Pediatrics, Neurology, and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities with Special Competency in Child Neurology.

    Applications to the NDD match are now processed through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) instead of the San Francisco Match, and occur simultaneously with the match for general pediatrics. Children's Hospital only offers an advanced match for NDD, for a four year position beginning in 2016. Applicants should apply at the same time for general pediatrics programs. However, applicants who are highly ranked by the NDD program at Children's will be seriously considered for a two year position in the BCRP, if desired.

    Applicants interested in this option should contact Dr. David Urion, who leads both the NDD and Child Neurology training programs at Boston Children's Hospital. They should also apply to the BCRP and make their interest in NDD clear in their personal statement. 

    brochure containing additional information about the NDD fellowship is available.

    Combined Pediatrics-Anesthesia
    The BCRP was one of the first residency programs to offer combined training in Pediatrics and Anesthesia. Residents begin their first year in pediatrics residency. The following year is the first year of anesthesia training, followed by three years of integrated residency training in both pediatrics and anesthesia. Throughout the three years of integrated training, while residents are doing core training in Pediatrics or Anesthesia, they will be expected to attend conferences and participate in core clinical activities once a month in the other discipline to make the combined program fully integrated.

    Individuals ideally suited for this combined training will likely pursue careers at the interface between critical care, pediatrics, and anesthesiology. Examples of such careers include hospitalist medicine, pain and palliative care, out-of operating room procedural and sedations services, and members of integrated subspecialty teams in pediatrics, critical care and anesthesiology. One of the combined residents, Ethan Sanford, has recently published an article in Anesthesia and Analgesia describing the program and the advantages of combined training.

    Applicants interested in Pediatrics-Anesthesia should make their interest evident in their personal statement or by separate communication with Dr. Sam Lux, who directs residency selection at Boston Children's Hospital and Dr. Morana Lasic, who directs resident selection in Anesthesiology at the Brigham and Women's Hospital. Applicants should apply to Pediatric Anesthesiology in ERAS (NRMP 1259726C0).They should also apply to the BCRP and check the Pediatrics-Anesthesiology track in the BCRP. This is very important as it makes it much easier for us to process the application. We will forward a copy of the application to Dr. Lasic. Applicants may also apply to the Categorical or UHAT pediatrics tracks in the BCRP if they wish. Applicants who also wish to apply to Categorical Anesthesiology at the Brigham should submit a separate application to that program and make their interest in the combined program as well as the categorical anesthesiology program clear in their personal statement in that application.

    One Year Pediatric Residency Positions We do not usually accept applicants who wish a preliminary residency position. Occasionally, we will make an exception for very extraordinary applicants who plan to pursue their subsequent residency in a Harvard Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Radiology, or Radiation Oncology program. Such applicants should apply to the Categorical Track and make their desire clear in their application or in a separate email.
    Deadline: All PL-1 applications should be received by October 31, 2014. 

    While we will consider applications received after that date, interviews are rarely granted to late applicants. Because of the volume, we appreciate receiving applications early.

    Applicants should update their applications anytime they have significant new information (e.g., election to AOA or other honors, Step II scores, acceptance of a major paper, etc.). To ensure the information is noted, they should also email Dr. Sam Lux.

    Applicants who accept an appointment elsewhere, or who for any reason wish to withdraw, are requested to notify Dr. Lux and the NRMP immediately.

    The 2014 Boston Combined Residency Program brochure is available to download as a pdf below.

    BCRP brochure (10 MB)