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Frequently Asked Questions

How many letters of recommendation do I need to submit?
Three in addition to your dean’s letter.

Do you require a letter from the chairman of Pediatrics at my school?
No. However, if you have worked closely with your chairman in a clinical or research setting, it would be appropriate to include a letter from him or her.

Do all of my letters of recommendation need to be from pediatricians?
No. We encourage you to ask for letters from faculty with whom you have worked closely and who will best be able to assess your clinical and/or research abilities. However, it is recommended that one of your letters come from a pediatrician.

Is there a maximum number of letters of recommendation you will accept?
ERAS allows as many letters of recommendation as you feel necessary; however, no more than four letters may be sent to any individual program.

How will I be notified if I am offered an interview?
Once your application, transcript and dean’s letter have been reviewed, all applicants will be notified by email through ERAS whether they have been offered an interview or not.

How are interview dates assigned?

Once applications have been reviewed and notification has been received that you are offered an interview, interviews will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis.

Do you offer a travel stipend for interviews?

Do you provide overnight housing for interviews?
Historically, many of our residents have offered to host applicants in their homes overnight, however due to the virtual nature of this year’s interview season, housing is not necessary.

Is there a dinner the night before my interview?
In past years, there is an informal dinner in the home of one our residents the night prior to your interview. However, due to virtual interviewing this year, we will offer other opportunities for applicants to gather virtually with residents.

How do I sign up for a visiting rotation at Johns Hopkins?
To schedule a visiting elective at Johns Hopkins, contact our School of Medicine registrar at 410-955-3080 or

Questions? Contact Kathy Mainhart, program administrator.

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