FAQ for Prospective Residents

What is your accreditation status?
The Pathology Residency Program is fully accredited by ACGME for five years; our most recent site visit was in 2009.

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 and having Step 3 is "a plus". 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 within 10 years of graduation. We occasionally consider longer graduation intervals.

Are any special letters of reference required or recommended?
Letters of reference are at the discretion of the applicant. 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?
Yes.

What percentage of your residents are IMG
30%

What is your minimum USMLE score for each step 1 and 2?
See answer above pertaining to USMLE score cut-offs.

Do you accept a J1 Visa?
Yes.

Do you accept an H1-B Visa?>
No.

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 four PGY-1 positions available.

How many current residents are there in your program?
The ACGME has certified 16 residents in training in our program.

Does the department offer fellowships?
We have Cytopathology, Surgical Pathology, Hematopathology, Forensic Pathology, Dermatopathology (offered through the Department of Dermatology) and Pediatric Pathology Fellowships.