How to Apply


Before entering the Fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care, candidates must have successfully completed a pediatric residency in the U.S. and completed USMLE Step III or already be certified in Pediatrics in the U.S.

We participate in ERAS and the NRMP sponsored match for Subspecialties with the following application cycle which begins 12 months prior to entrance to the Fellowship:

  • July 15 - October 31: Submission of application package on ERAS
  • August 1 - October 31: Interview of selected candidates
  • November (2nd week): Submission of rank order list to NRMP
  • December (1st week): Match results and offer of appointment (for following July)

The application package is completed on ERAS and includes:

  • Completed application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation including one from a department chair or residency director.

Please note that a primary requirement for the appointment of foreign medical graduates to a housestaff position is the possession of a valid ECFMG certificate. The ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates) is authorized by the U.S. Information Agency to sponsor foreign medical graduates in U.S. graduate medical education training programs. It is the responsibility of the ECFMG to assure institutions that foreign medical graduates have medical knowledge and English-language skills comparable to U.S. medical graduates. A Standard Certificate is issued to foreign medical graduates by the ECFMG upon fulfillment of certain credentialing requirements and the successful completion of both medical (USMLE) and English tests.

The ECFMG and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) have indicated that the J-1 visa is the most appropriate visa for foreign medical graduates entering the U.S. for the purpose of receiving post-graduate medical training. (We also accept H-1B visas.) Upon approval of the application, the ECFMG issues an IAP-66 Approval for Sponsorship Form. The ECFMG form must be approved by the Department of Immigration and Naturalization for the J-1 visa to be valid. The ECFMG Office is located at: 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.


All inquiries should be sent to:

Douglas F. Willson, M.D. 
Professor of Pediatrics and Anesthesia
Fellowship Director, Division of Pediatric Critical Care
UVA Children's Hospital
PO Box 800386
Charlottesville, VA 22908