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.

As required by the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the following information is available to you on the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson (UACOM-T) Graduate Medical Education Office website and applies to all ACGME-accredited residencies and fellowships at the UACOM-T.  By continuing your candidacy in our selection process, you confirm that you have reviewed these documents and you further acknowledge that you meet all requirements for participation in the UACOM – T residency or fellowship program(s) in which you have applied:

Example of Employment Agreement
Professional Liability Coverage
Disability Insurance
Health Insurance
Vacation and Leaves of Absence Policy
Eligibility and Appointment Policy
Expected or required academic, educational, or prior training credentials
Pre-employment drug testing and background check
Information relevant to licensure status or visa status

The website can be accessed by clicking the following link -

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!