Applicant Requirements

How to Apply: We accept applications for first-year (PGY-1) pathology residency positions through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Applicants seeking to transfer into our program after previous training in another US pathology program should contact the program director directly. We require the following documents of all applicants:

  • Curriculum vitae (a.k.a. common application in ERAS)
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Medical school transcript
  • Dean’s letter/medical school performance evaluation
  • Color photo
  • USMLE transcript (or COMLEX transcript, if applicable)
  • ECFMG status report(if applicable)

Complete applications for the 2022-2023 academic year submitted through ERAS must be received by November 1, 2021.

Requirements: Individuals who have matched or transferred into the residency program must meet the following requirements before they are permitted to begin their residency training.

  1. Educational requirements: one of the following
    • Graduate from a medical school in the United States or Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)
    • Graduate from a college of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association
    • Graduate from a medical school outside the United States or Canada and meet one of the following qualifications:
      • Have a currently valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates(ECFMG)
      • Have a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a U.S. licensing jurisdiction
    • Graduate from a medical school outside of the United States and complete a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school
  2. VISA requirement for non-US citizens without permanent resident status: The J-1 visa sponsored by the ECFMG Exchange Visitor Sponsorship Program (EVSP) is the only visa accepted for medical training at UTHealth. Residency programs at the University of Texas Health Science Center Houston – McGovern Medical School are unable to sponsor H1-B visas for incoming residents. UTHealth International Affairs Office provides guidance on all visa questions and issues. More detailed information on visa requirements may be obtained from the Office of International Affairs at 713-500-3176.
  3. Examination requirement: pass USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS (or the COMPLEX equivalents, if applicable)
  4. Criminal background check requirement: pass
  5. Institutional permit requirement: be issued an institutional training permit by the Texas Medical Board
  6. Transfer requirement: written verification of previous educational experiences and a summative competency-based performance evaluation (this must be submitted by the prior residency program)

Interviews: Select applicants will be invited to interview after all documents have been received/reviewed through ERAS. Our virtual interviews will be conducted via Webex. Detailed information will be provided to candidates on invitations shared via email.

Applications are only accepted and reviewed via ERAS – please do not send these documents via email.

Amy Macias

Program Manager, Residency & Fellowship Programs