Application Process

Resident Application Process

The University of Arizona Pathology Residency Program participates in the NMRP match and accepts applications only through Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) from the Association of American Medical Colleges. Information on ERAS is available in the Dean's office at your medical school, or on the ERAS web site at All applications must be received by December 31st for appointments beginning in July.

The following are some criteria used in the evaluation of all candidates for our residency program:

  • Evidence of commitment to pathology as a discipline
  • Completed ERAS application form
  • Personal Statement
  • Official Medical School Transcripts
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (Dean's Letter)
  • USMLE Steps 1 and 2 scores (Step 2 is not required for interview) above 200 (80) on the first attempt or COMPLEX scores
  • Three letters of recommendation from pathologists and clinicians who can address your performance and your commitment to the study of pathology
  • High quality of medical school training
  • Clinical practice in the United States is not required.
  • Personal interview

We do not discriminate on the basis of age (years out of medical school), gender, religious preference, or country of origin.

Information for International Medical Graduates

The University of Arizona Residency Program is open to international medical graduates with a valid ECFMG certificate. The University sponsors J-1 visas only. In order to be competitive, and applicant should have scores of at least 82 on both steps I and II CK of the USMLE on the first attempt and a passing score on Step 2 CS on the first attempt. Step 3 is not required, but applicants who have already passed may be given preference. Fluent conversational and written English is required. Prior US clinical experience is not required. The University of Arizona does not offer observerships at this institution.

Please keep in mind that our Selection Committee considers the ENTIRE application when selecting candidates to interview!