Frequently Asked Questions 

Why should I choose this program?

There are many strong points in this program: didactics, clinical experience and support and quality of attending physicians are among the top reasons. What we believe truly separates us from many of the other programs is our commitment to education.

Will I miss out by being at a community hospital as opposed to an academic center or university hospital?

At St. Vincent Medical Center, you get the best of both worlds with top health care services in a community hospital setting. We have ample opportunity to interact with other residents and teaching faculty, as well as with private attending physicians. Our residents are well-respected by nurses and staff for clinical skills and judgment throughout the hospital.

What are didactics like for this program?

We have a very strong didactic program, with four hours of dedicated lecture time each week. During that time, pediatric attendings and attending physicians from other specialties give simulation lab workshops, core teaching sessions and research lectures. We also have M&M conferences, board review sessions and monthly Journal Club meetings.

Is moonlighting allowed?

No, moonlighting is not permitted in our Pediatric residency program.

How do I apply?

Applications will be accepted only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Our deadline for receipt of applications is December 1. Get more information on applying here.

What are the application requirements?

We require a medical school Dean’s letter and transcript, three letters of recommendations, as well as a letter from the Chair of the Department of Pediatrics if available. In addition, USMLE scores, curriculum vitae and a personal statement are required. Once your application is complete, it is reviewed by our selection committee, and selected applicants will be invited for an interview. We review all applications for qualified individuals.

Do you accept International Medical Graduates? Are there additional requirements for IMGs?

Yes, we do. Find more information on application requirements for IMGs.

Do you offer pre-match positions?

No, we do not. All positions are filled through the NRMP match process. Match occurs in March.

What is the schedule like for an interview day?

Our interview day begins at 8:30 a.m. and typically ends at 1 p.m. As an applicant, you will meet with our Academic Coordinator and discuss the benefits of joining with Mercy Health's Pediatric residency. Then, you'll interview with a panel of faculty and current resident, followed by an individual meeting with the Program Director. We will then tour our facilities as a group with either a resident or faculty member. When the tour is complete, applicants will be provided lunch with current residents and faculty.