PL-1 Applicants

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 Year 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. We recommend applying to both. 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

PL-1 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 — Boston Children's Hospital: 
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 available 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 Child Neurology" program) in which the match is for 2 years of general pediatrics (beginning 2015) in the Categorical Track of the Boston Combined Residency Program in pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital and Boston Medical Center, and three years of child neurology at Boston Children's Hospital (beginning 2017). We have up three 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-BCH Child Neurology program is #1259185C0. Applicants to the categorical child neurology track should also apply to the Categorical Track of the BCRP (#1259320C0) as this simplifies processing of the combined application. They should make their intentions clear in their personal statement.
  • The Children's Hospital Neurology Department also offers an additional one or more "Advanced Child Neurology" positions for 3 years of child neurology, which will begin in 2016. Applicants who match in the Advanced positions must match independently in pediatrics as they will not have 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.

Child Neurology — Boston Medical Center:

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 either of these Child Neurology programs should also apply to the UHAT track in the BCRP and make their interest in child neurology clear in their personal statement.

Each of the various neurology tracks can be ranked independently in the match.

Neurodevelopmental Disabilities: 

The BCRP offers one two-year Preliminary-NDD position (#1259320P1) in the Categorical track of the BCRP to those who match in the Boston Children’s Hospital Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NDD) training program (#1259186A0). NDD 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. The program is described here.

Children’s Hospital only offers an Advanced four-year NDD position, which begins in 2017. However, the linked two-year BCRP Preliminary position allows applicants to complete their entire six-year NDD training in Boston.

NDD applicants should should contact Dr. David Urion, who leads both the NDD and Child Neurology training programs at Boston Children's Hospital. 

NDD applicants interested in the Preliminary pediatrics position should apply for a Categorical position in the BCRP as well as to the Preliminary match. This is very important as it makes it much easier for us to process the application. They should also make their interest in NDD clear in their personal statement.

Combined Pediatrics — Anesthesiology:

The BCRP was one of the first residency programs to offer combined training in Pediatrics and Anesthesiology. Residents begin their first year in the pediatrics residency. The following year is the first year of anesthesiology training, followed by three years of integrated residency training in both pediatrics and anesthesiology. Throughout the three years of integrated training, while residents are doing core training in Pediatrics or Anesthesiology, 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-Anesthesiology 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 Categorical Track of the BCRP (#1259320C0) 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.

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.

PL-1 Applications — One Year Preliminary Positions

We currently do not offer one-year preliminary positions in pediatrics.

BCRP Brochure: Class of 2015

The 2014 Boston Combined Residency Program brochure is available to download as a pdf here (10 MB).