Pediatric Residency Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Apply to the Program
How do I submit an application to your program?
Residency program applications will be accepted and reviewed only via ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service). The ERAS website can be accessed at www.aamc.org/eras
Who is able to apply?
All candidates who apply will be considered. Each candidate must be within five years of graduation from medical school at the time of matriculation into the residency program. A passing score on USMLE/COMLEX Step 1 is required for the application and a passing score on both parts (CK and CS) on USMLE/COMLEX Step 2 is required prior to the end of the interview season. An ECFMG Status Report is required for graduates of international medical schools.
Is your residency program accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) or the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)?
Our pediatric residency program is accredited by the ACGME. We currently accept 9 categorical residents to participate in the match process.
Is there a deadline to apply?
Applications will continue to be accepted until December 1st, however candidates are encouraged to complete their applications in September. Applications will only be accepted via ERAS.
What are your score requirements on licensing examinations?
While we do not have a specific score requirement we do expect an applicant to have passed each licensing examination on the first attempt. Examination scores are considered together with many other aspects of an individual’s application.
Do you accept foreign and international medical graduates?
Yes, we do accept international graduates.
Does an applicant need to be certified by ECFMG to apply?
No, you do not need to be certified by ECFMG to apply.
Do you sponsor visas for international medical graduates?
We do not accept resident or fellow candidates on H1B or J1B visas.
How many letters of recommendation will I need to apply? Is there a maximum number of letters you will accept?
Three letters of recommendation from supervising faculty who know you well and can comment in depth on your clinical work, achievement, leadership, personal qualities, and project contributions. At least one of these letters should be written by a faculty member in pediatrics.
Is it required of applicants to have clinical experience in the United States?
U.S. clinical experience is not required but is looked upon highly when applications are reviewed.
Do you require a letter of recommendation from the Dean of my medical school?
A Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE), formerly known as the Dean’s Letter, is required and should be provided by your medical school.
When do you interview applicants?
Interviews are held 1-2 times a week starting from the end of October through mid-January. All applicants invited for an interview will also receive an invitation to attend a dinner/happy hour with current residents. This gives applicants an additional opportunity to learn more about the program and its residents in an informal and casual setting.
*** During the current recruitment season, all interviews will be held virtually.
How will I be notified if I am offered an interview?
Candidates who are selected for an interview will be notified by e-mail by the Pediatric Resident Coordinator.
How many residents are scheduled on the inpatient floor at a time?
During the day the inpatient floor team is composed of 1 PGY-3, 1 PGY-2, and 2-3 PGY-1 residents. During the night a senior resident and a PGY-1 make up the floor team. A senior resident is in the PICU overnight as well.
How many months of floor do interns do?
Interns spend 5-6 months on the floor, this includes 3-4 months on night float and 1-3 months exclusively on the floor.
How often are interns on call in their first year?
The call schedule varies from month-to-month. On average, interns take call 2-3 weekends per month.
How often do second and third year residents take call?
On average senior residents are on call 1-2 weekends per month.
What is the call schedule like on the weekends?
Weekend calls are generally 24H shifts for interns as well as senior residents. Weekend shifts for Friday are 430pm until 7am on Saturday, residents are expected to fulfill their regular weekday rotation responsibilities during the day Friday and work overnight on the floor or in the PICU (2nd and 3rd year residents)- making this a 24H workday. Saturday shifts are 7am until 7am Sunday. Sunday call is covered by the night float resident (see below for more information).
Interns will also generally be scheduled for half-day nursery calls on the weekends in order to facilitate newborn care and discharges to home.
How is the call schedule determined?
The call schedules are made separately for each class by the elected class representatives. For interns, the initial call schedule for the first 2 months of the year will be made by the chief residents prior to the beginning of the year.
Do you have a night float system?
“Night float” at Jersey Shore University Medical Center consists of alternating weeks of days and nights.
Ex: NF-1= 1 week days, 1 week nights, 1 week days, 1 week nights NF-2= 1 week nights, 1 week days, 1 week nights, 1 week days
During the week of days the residents will have shifts 630am-5pm Mon-Fri During the week of nights we have a 24H shift on Sunday, followed by 4 more nights (Monday thru Thursday). In order to fulfill requirements for ACGME for 14 h off after a 24H shift we start our Monday calls at 9pm and the floor team covers the extra 4 hours.
Are residents required to complete a research and/or quality improvement project?
Yes- residents are required to have one research project and quality improvement project. Research topics are chosen within the first year with goal of IRB submission by December of 2nd year. Quality Improvement projects are started within first year of residency as interns attend lectures which comprise a complete QI curriculum.
How do residents find the time to do a research project in addition to their clinical duties?
Residents can have a research block in 2nd or 3rd year, but will find time during elective blocks to work on research.
Do residents feel well-supported by their faculty?
We have a very friendly and collegial atmosphere between residents and faculty members. They are easy to approach with questions and concerns and are excellent teachers throughout our rotations. Faculty members work closely with us on our presentations and research and QI projects. They are also very helpful as we apply for fellowships and will go out of their way to help with our applications and interviews.
What forums are available for residents to voice concerns or ask program-related questions?
Our program director has an “open-door” policy here which encourages residents to ask questions or voice concerns directly to the program and associate program directors. Our associate program director, chief residents and program coordinator are also a great resource for us as we are able to meet with them if we need to discuss any personal or residency-related issues. Once a month we have a chief resident-led “Resident Forum” during Thursday Lecture Series during which our chiefs will go over any new agenda items and will allow residents to speak freely about any issues they may have. Our chief residents work hard to bring resident concerns and ideas to the program leadership to invoke change while maintaining confidentiality and anonymity.
Is the program leadership responsive to resident concerns?
Yes! Our program has undergone tremendous change in the past couple years because of resident ideas and concerns. Our program leadership is definitely interested in hearing what residents have to say and making sure concerns are addressed. Of course there are some things that they may not be able to change, but they are always willing to try if possible.
Is there a mentorship program in place during residency?
Absolutely. At the beginning of intern year, each resident is assigned a faculty advisor with whom they will review resident and faculty evaluations, procedure logs, milestones, and learning plans. They will meet at least twice a year and will help residents maneuver through the requirements of residency training. Additionally, residents are able to choose their own “career mentor” who is often a faculty member in a field the resident is interested in pursuing. The mentor will often provide more career-specific guidance as residents determine their post-residency plans.
Hospital and Benefits
Does the hospital have an Electronic Medical Record (EMR)?
Yes, we use EPIC for our inpatient and outpatient EMR.
What types of ancillary services are available?
IVs and lab draws are typically done by the nurses but residents are able to do these as well. Patient transport services exist 24/7 to transport patients to and from procedures, radiology, the OR, etc. We have a wonderful child life department with enthusiastic and engaging specialists who provide games, arts and crafts and live music for patients during their admission. They also have multiple patient playrooms stocked with a large variety of games and toys.
Do you have any fellows?
We have two hospital fellows. Since we do not have fellows in other units in the hospital, residents are very hands-on and able to do many procedures. In fact, our residents feel very comfortable doing a variety of procedures including managing difficult airways, placing IVs, and doing lumbar punctures.
Do you get to work with/teach medical students?
There are various opportunities to work with both third and fourth year medical students throughout your residency. Jersey Shore University Medical Center is one of the main core clinical rotation sites for 3rd year students from St. George’s University and will soon be working with students from our affiliated medical school. You will be able to work with students in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.
How would you describe your patient population?
The patient population seen at Jersey Shore University Medical Center is surprisingly diverse for a suburban area of New Jersey. The surrounding areas that we serve have a broad range of ethnicities and socioeconomic classes. Our outpatient clinic at the Jane H. Booker Family Health Center serves primarily the underserved populations of Neptune and Asbury Park.
Is there a food stipend?
Residents are provided with a meal card with a monthly allowance to use in the staff-only cafeteria. The allowance is more than enough to carry you through each month and is rarely used up entirely!
Is housing available?
There is no hospital-provided housing; however, there are various affordable housing options in the area. There are many great towns to live in, all within short walking or driving distance of restaurants, shops, etc. Most residents live within 10-20 minutes of the hospital.
Do residents receive an educational stipend?
Yes. Residents receive an educational/book stipend each year. They receive $200 in the first year and the second year and $600 in their third year. The allowance does not roll over from year-to-year but residents are able to use the money for books, board review materials, and towards conferences.
Do the residents really hang out together outside of work?
Yes! Although someone will always be on call, it’s easy for us to get together to celebrate someone’s birthday or simply grab dinner at the end of the work day. Hanging out even involves the nurses, nutritionists, and other team members.
What do residents do for fun during their free time?
There are several places to visit and activities to do by the Jersey Shore. The Shore covers over 100 miles of beaches and busy boardwalks that are even full of people at night time. There are also up and coming cities such as Asbury Park, where there is an active music scene and new restaurants opening up, and, of course, the famous Atlantic City! There are many local festivals nearby during the summer, such as the Belmar Seafood Festival and Oysterfest in Asbury Park. There are also hiking trails, mountains, parks, and reservoirs nearby for those looking to get in touch with nature. Also, if you have the weekend off you can easily visit NYC and Philadelphia by car, bus or train.
Is there any “free time”?
Although we work many hours during the week, there is definitely “free time” at the end of each shift and on the weekends to spend with your family and friends, study, research up-to-date medical science, lay out on the beach, and even catch up on sleep.