FAQ for Prospective Residents

What is your accreditation status?
The Pathology Residency Program (Anatomic and Clinical Pathology) is fully accredited by ACGME.

What is the mechanism for applications via the NRMP Match?
All applications must be made through the ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service) system.

What is the information required though ERAS?

  1. Completed application form
  2. Medical School Dean's letter
  3. Personal statement
  4. Medical School transcript (originals or certified copies)
  5. USMLE scores
  6. Current letters of recommendation
  7. Curriculum Vitae
  8. Copy of ECFMG certificate if graduated from a foreign school

Is there a specific USMLE "cut-off" score?
We prefer USMLE scores of at least 200 on Steps 1 and 2. Complex test is acceptable for DO applicants. We do review and consider the overall application.

Do you take into consideration the year of graduation, and if so in what way?
We generally prefer applicants within 5 years of graduation. We occasionally consider longer graduation intervals.

Are any special letters of reference required or recommended?
Letters of reference are required. In general, strong letters from experts both within pathology, as well as those outside of pathology are desirable.

Do you accept IMGs to your residency program?

Do you accept a J1 Visa?

Do you accept an H1-B Visa?

Are there any special requirements for foreign medical graduates?
We require USMLE examination scores, appropriate Visa status, and fluency in English. Foreign medical graduates must be ECFMG certified to apply.

How many positions are available?
Each year, we have up to four PGY-1 positions available.

How many current residents are there in your program?
The ACGME has approved up to 18 residents in training in our program; but we fund 16, leaving 2 positions available for residents who may become off cycle for health, family or academic reasons.

Does the department offer fellowships?
Through USF, there are fellowship opportunities in Cytopathology, Surgical Pathology, Hematopathology, Forensic Pathology, and Dermatopathology.