Application and Benefits


All graduates of LCME-accredited allopathic and AOA-accredited osteopathic medical schools are eligible to apply to our residency program, including those who have completed prior approved training.

International medical school graduates are also eligible to apply, but must submit a copy of a current valid certificate from the Education Council for Foreign Medical Graduates with their initial application.  International candidates should also clearly specify the details of their current visa status in the ERAS application and should note that NCH sponsors J1 visas only.


Residency program applications will be accepted and reviewed only via ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service) beginning in September for the Match that takes place the following March. The deadline to apply through ERAS is December 1st of each year. You can access the ERAS website at  All applications are considered.

Your ERAS application should include a minimum of three letters of reference (at least one of these letters should be written by a faculty member in Pediatrics), your Medical Student Performance Evaluation (formerly known as Dean’s Letter), your personal statement, your curriculum vitae, a recent photograph, your full medical school transcript and your USMLE/COMLEX transcript. Please note that results from the USMLE/COMLEX Step I Exam are required at the time of application and results from both USMLE/COMLEX Step I and II are required by the end of the interview season.

Contact the Nicklaus Children's Hospital Department of Medical Education by email or call us at (305) 669-5873 for additional requirements.


Candidates who are selected for interview invitations will be contacted via email through the ERAS system.  Interviews are usually scheduled on selected Wednesdays and Fridays during the months of October through January. Each interview date has limited space, so be sure to respond early to schedule your interview on the day that works best for you. Applicants are welcome to request interviews with faculty members in their areas of special interest.

A typical interview day includes Radiology Conference or Grand Rounds attendance, interviews with faculty physicians (usually three in total), lunch with the residents, and a tour of the Hospital.

We also offer a one night stay in a nearby hotel and transportation to and from the Hospital for candidates coming from out of town. 


Residents are selected through the National Resident Matching Program. Visit for more information.


Contracts are written on an annual basis. Residents in good standing who have completed all requirements will receive a new contract each academic year. Sample Contract

Stipends and Benefits

Benefits offered to residents and fellows at Nicklaus Children's Hospital include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Competitive salaries (Vary according to the postgraduate level)
  • Subsidized Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • Life and Disability Insurance
  • Medical Malpractice insurance
  • Four weeks paid vacation (Other family leave is also available)
  • Educational stipends dispersed each year of training
  • Acceptance exclusively of J1 Visa sponsored by the ECFMG
  • Paid American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) membership with yearly PREP subscription
  • Paid American Medical Association (AMA) Membership
  • Resident transition retreats for PGY-1 and PGY-2 residents
  • Hotel accomodations and registration to the Nicklaus Children's Hospital Annual Pediatric Board review Course for PGY-3 residents
  • Sponsorship of research and poster presentations at national conferences 

In addition, the hospital offers free parking, scrubs and lab coats, meals during conferences and while on-call, and access to the hospital's employee gym.

All benefits are discussed in more detail during the interview process.