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Eligibility requirements and application process for resident program.


Individuals are eligible to begin the pathology residency at Pennsylvania Hospital upon completion of medical school and/or following one or more years spent in a clinical residency. In selected cases, transfers from other pathology programs are considered for second-, third- and fourth-year positions. All residents and fellows must have a valid Pennsylvania Training License.

How to Apply

The University of Pennsylvania has three main teaching hospitals. This webpage information applies to the Pathology Residency program at the Pennsylvania Hospital. All PGY1 positions in categorical programs must go through the match by the National Residency Match Program (NRMP). This applies to US and International Medical Graduates, as determined by the “All-In” Policy by the NRMP.

All applications are only accepted via ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service). Visit the ERAS website for more information. The application deadline is December 15. Two (2) first-year positions are offered annually. Each completed application is reviewed by the Residency Selection Committee and a decision is made as to whether to offer an interview. Interview invitations are extended via email and a mutually convenient date is arranged, generally in the period from mid-October to mid-January.

**All applicants must meet the requirements to obtain a Pennsylvania Medical Training License to enter our ACGME accredited program.**

Please note: For the academic year starting 2021, all interviews will be held virtually, over a video conferencing platform (e.g. Zoom, Microsoft Teams, etc.)

Application Information

US Medical Graduates are required to provide a completed ERAS application, curriculum vitae, personal statement, USMLE score(s), Dean’s letter, and three (3) current letters of recommendation.

International Medical Graduates are required to provide a complete ERAS application, curriculum vitae, personal statement, three (3) current letters of recommendation, a current ECFMG certificate and USMLE scores, (Step 3 is required for those seeking H-1B visa).

In general, successful US and IMG applicants to our program have passed all USMLE exams on their first attempt. Verbal and written fluency in English is required. Experience in the US healthcare system is highly recommended for international medical graduates.


The Department sponsors J-1 and H-1B visas, subject to approval. (Please Note: the Pathology Residency program at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania is a separate residency program. More information is available on the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania program website.)

Contact Us

Zhaohai Yang, MD – Program Director
Department of Pathology
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street/6 Founders
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Anna Marie McClain – Residency Coordinator
Phone: 215-829-6992

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