How to Apply


The precise number of positions varies from year to year, due to the flexibility of the program and our desire to accommodate a variety of training tracks. However, in general, the program accepts six to eight incoming residents each July. PGY-1 residents typically begin training in Anatomic Pathology, but occasionally the opportunity arises for PGY-1 residents to start their training in Clinical Pathology. There are typically twenty-seven to twenty-nine residents in the program each year. The program is accredited for thirty-two residents.


All PGY-1 residency candidates are accepted through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). The Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) is used for ALL PGY-1 residency applications. The deadline for application is October 31 each year. Applicants should submit the following documents via ERAS:

  • ERAS Common Application Form (CAF) / Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Official Medical School Transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A letter from the Dean of their medical school
  • Official USMLE (or COMLEX) transcript
  • ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates) status (if applicable)
  • Personal Statement

Occasional positions may become available for applicants who have already completed some training at ACGME accredited pathology training programs. Contact the program coordinator for information about the availability and application process for any such positions.


Interviews are conducted on Tuesdays in October, November, December, and January. Interviews may occasionally be granted at other times, as the need arises.

International Medical Graduates

IMGs seeking entry into the Yale Pathology residency program should meet the following requirements:

  • Passing USMLE scores on the first attempt (2 digit score > 90 preferred). Note that you must have your official USMLE transcript sent. The ECFMG certificate does not substitute for this.
  • At least one year of educational or clinical experience in the United States
  • The ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English
  • Graduation from medical school within the last eight years or full time patient care responsibilities in the United States within the last five years
  • ECFMG certification prior to application
  • Preferred: Ph.D. in a related field, in the United States

Visas: Yale-New Haven Hospital sponsors only J-1 visas for residents who require a visa in order to be work-authorized. This policy is not negotiable.

ALL questions about eligibility for application should be addressed to Debra Wycoff, the Residency Program Coordinator. Exceptions to the above criteria will be considered only under extenuating circumstances.