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Interview Process

During interview season, the UC Irvine Department of Pediatrics Residency Selection Committee reviews your file. We do not have set criteria for selection of candidates. Rather, we review each application individually, recognizing that each applicant has unique strengths.

If you are selected for an interview, you will be notified by our residency office to arrange an interview date. Offers for interviews are sent by email starting in October. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we do not send rejection letters.

Our interview season typically runs from early November through mid-January. Interview days start with morning report or grand rounds and end about 3pm. 

If you have any questions about the application process, feel free to contact our residency office at or 714-456-5631.


Our residents host informal evening meet-and-greets throughout the interview season. We welcome prospective candidates who are invited for interviews to join us at one of our get-togethers, typically on Monday and Wednesday nights from 6pm to 8pm.

Interviewees will be provided information on these get-togethers beforehand. 



You can fly into any of the following three airports:

John Wayne Airport is nearest to CHOC, which is where your interview day will begin and end. We recommend that you give yourself plenty of time for car travel and to navigate airport parking lots, anticipating traffic during peak hours. 


Special arrangements for discount lodging has been made at the following hotels:

  • ALO Hotel by Ayres
    • $115/night + tax
    • Complimentary buffet breakfast, parking, internet access, and coffee service
    • Complimentary shuttle service within 5 mile radius, including CHOC hospital, which must be booked in advance
    • Preferred discount Super Shuttle rates from John Wayne Airport and LAX
    • See flyer from interview invitation for further details
  • Ayres Hotel in Orange
    • $135/night + tax
    • Complimentary buffet breakfast, parking, and internet access.
    • Complimentary shuttle service to CHOC hospital, which must be booked a day in advance
    • See flyer from interview invitation for further details

Please ask for the CHOC Hospital preferred rate, which is quoted above.


The interview process can be confusing with multiple factors to consider while developing a rank list. Here are some reasons why our residents chose UC Irvine/CHOC as their training institution, highlighting the unique nature of our program.


Hometown: Seattle, WA
Undergraduate Studies: Colgate University
Medical School: George Washington University
Personal Interests: I love seeing my family nearby and trying out new restaurants in Old Town Orange. I am also a gym rat and love to try out new workout classes.
Why I Chose UC Irvine/CHOC: The two main reasons were the morning report facilitated by Dr. Arrieta and the dinner with the residents. Dr. Arrieta was very engaging and it was evident that he was passionate about teaching and his speciality, Infectious Diseases. I was impressed that he took the time to know or attempt to know each resident by name. I wanted to go to a program where the attending physicians loved to teach and still felt enthusiastic and energized by their career. I also attended the dinner the night before interviews and the residents were really excited to see each other. They all seemed to get along and feel proud of their program, each other, and their education. It was important to me that if I was going to work the long hours it would be with a supportive group and so far it has been nothing less than that!


Hometown: Cowan Heights, CA
Undergraduate Studies: University of California, San Diego
Medical School: Poznan University of Medical Sciences
Personal Interests: Sports, hockey, baseball, football, exercise, running.
Why I Chose UC Irvine/CHOCI felt at home when I interviewed at UCI. Everyone was so personable, positive and generally wonderful. When I began residency here, I realized the great congeniality was authentic and not just a show during interviews. At UCI, you’ll find wonderful doctors, colleagues but most importantly, friends who are always there for you. I love my co-residents and enjoy working with them each day.


Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Undergraduate Studies: University of California, Davis
Medical School: University of California, San Diego
Personal Interests: I am a sucker for antiquing and hunting for vinyl records. When I'm not at work, you can usually find me riding the Jungle Cruise at Disneyland, walking the sandy beaches of San Diego, or exploring the hidden treasures of Los Angeles.
Why I Chose UC Irvine/CHOC: I wanted to train at a stand-alone children's hospital and have the opportunity to work in a community hospital. UC Irvine/CHOC provided these opportunities and more, including affiliation with a notable academic university. The caveat is that you have to learn how to use multiple EMRs and how each hospital functions, yet the patient population and learning at each site are exceptional and enjoyable in their own ways. Not to mention, Orange County sits smack dab in the middle of San Diego and Los Angeles allowing for numerous weekend getaways no matter what you are into.


There are many places to explore in the surrounding area while you're in town. Here's a list of local eats and attractions recommended by our residents:

    • Modern place featuring various upscale food stalls, plus a patio with picnic & Ping-Pong tables
    • Upscale food court with local vendors & bars in a renovated, historic 1919 citrus-packing house
  • ORANGE CIRCLE | Orange, CA
    • Shopping and food plaza with fun collection of brunch, dinner and bar options
  • BRODARD'S | Garden Grove, CA
    • Modern Vietnamese cuisine with Asian-fusion touches & specialty cocktails served in a sleek space. Must eats: nem nuong
  • BANH MI CHE CALI BAKERY | Westminster, CA
    • So cheap. So delicious
  • MO RAN GAK RESTAURANT | Garden Grove, CA
    • Call ahead of time, but so worth it for traditional Korean barbecued meats served at tables with built-in grills
  • ANEPALCO | Orange, CA
    • New modern Mexican restaurant with craft cocktails, Mexican wines and exquisite cuisine
    • Sprawling atmosphere for Hong Kong-inspired preparations of seafood including kung pao scallops
  • HONEYMEE | Garden Grove, CA
    • Honey milk soft serve shop with real honeycomb
  • MEAD'S GREEN DOOR | Orange, CA
    • Vibrant veggie cafe & coffeehouse prepping breakfast, sweets & sandwiches in a bright, arty space
    • Shops and dining right next door to Disneyland. Get your Disney fix without worrying about admission pricing