Department of Pediatrics



Application Process


We welcome applications from students of all training backgrounds. Our primary goal is to recruit the best applicants with a diverse background.

All Baylor Pediatric programs participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).  Please submit your application via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). We do not accept applications outside of the Match. The application deadline is Nov. 30.

The categorical program and specialty programs (listed below) use one ERAS application. You must apply to each program individually to be considered for matching in the program, but your interview experience will be combined.   

  • Peds-Categorical/Baylor-Houston
  • Global Health Residency Program
  • Baylor Primary Care and Leadership (LEAD) Program
  • Baylor Pediatrician Scientists Program

Due to the pandemic, all interviews will be virtual this year. For up-to-date information on how Baylor College of Medicine is responding to the pandemic, visit our Coronavirus website.

Review Process

There is not a single formula that effectively predicts who will be an outstanding resident. Therefore, we take a holistic approach to evaluating applications for consideration of an interview invitation. The factors we consider include:

  1. Academic performance
    • Medical School grades
    • MSPE – Medical School Performance Evaluation (aka the dean’s letter)
    • USMLE scores* (No minimum score)
  2. Letters of recommendation (minimum three)
    • Individual letters of recommendation
    • Departmental (department chairman, program director, or pediatric clerkship director) letter of recommendation is optional
  3. Honors considered
    • Alpha Omega Alpha membership
    • Gold Humanism Honor Society membership
    • Sigma Sigma Phi
  4. Other
    • Personal statement
    • Scholarly activity/ research experience
    • Publications
    • Other experiences (e.g. volunteer and advocacy)

We welcome and encourage all who are interested to apply to our program. We carefully review all complete applications for consideration of an interview offer.

* We prefer that osteopathic students take the USMLE in addition to or instead of COMLEX because doing so facilitates comparison with the performance of allopathic medical students. However, we will consider those osteopathic applicants with COMLEX scores if > 500 on the first attempt. As noted, these criteria are used as guidelines only, and we will consider all complete applications on an individual basis.

Our GME office is not currently sponsoring visas.

Current Medical Student Electives

Due to the COVID19 pandemic, Baylor is not able to offer visiting electives this year except in specific circumstances where your institution does not have the rotation. View more information on Baylor’s response to COVID19. 

U.S. medical students interested in electives at Baylor should contact the Office of the Registrar. Baylor College of Medicine no longer accepts international medical students for the Visiting Medical Student Elective Program, unless it is through a reciprocal clinical training agreement developed through Baylor Global Initiatives.