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We receive well over 1,000 applications each year for our 8 intern positions. The primary criteria by which we select applicants for interviews is the likelihood that we can help them reach their career goals. Please review our website to see if your career goals align with our program’s training mission before applying. There is no prescribed or singular way to become an exceptional pediatrician. We are looking for applicants that we can uniquely support in their career goals because their goals align with what we are good at. We also look for applicants that demonstrate a particular blend of passion and persistence, or grit.

We currently have residents who did incredibly well on the STEP exams, who graduated in 4 years and aced their medical school courses. However, it was their additional distinctive characteristics or experiences that stood out. We also have trainees who may have failed STEP exams, taken time off in medical school and dealt with chronic medical conditions. They were selected because of other strengths, including their persistence and grit. We choose applicants that we can uniquely help to become exceptional pediatricians.

We determine fit primarily by reading your personal statement and evaluating your CV for activities that are sustained over time. Please do not alter your personal statement to include program-specific goals, as it will become apparent from your CV and during your interview. The other components of your application are used as supporting information.

Applications for the residency program are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Services (ERAS).

Application Process

The following materials are required for a completed application to Tulane / Ochsner Pediatrics Residency Program:

Application through ERAS
Dean’s letter
Three letters of recommendation from faculty
Personal statement
Official medical school transcript
USMLE Step 1 or COMLEX Level 1 (Step 2 or Level 2 required before ranking)

Please do not hesitate to submit your ERAS application on the initial release date – we will send out invitations before some components (e.g. the dean’s letter) are in the file.

Couples Matching

If you are participating in the Couples Match, please provide the name of your match mate and the residency program to which he/she is applying in the space indicated on your ERAS application.

International Medical Graduates

We review the entire application and do not base our decision upon the USMLE scores.

Foreign applications MUST be ECFMG certified and have passed the CSA before beginning residency if matched in our program.

We sponsor J1 VISA only.

We prefer one year of US clinical experience.

Year of graduation should be within 2 years of applying.

Observerships and externships are not available

For More Information Contact:
Cheryl Dempsey, Program Manager
Tulane University School of Medicine
Pediatrics Residency Program
4740 So. I-10 Service Rd., West
Suite 200
Metairie, LA 70001
Phone: 504-988-5458
Fax: 504-988-6808
E-Mail: cdempsey@tulane.edu