Pathology Residency


How many years is pathology residency?

Pathology residency is a 3 or 4 years program, depending on the tract you are doing: Anatomic pathology 3 years, Clinical pathology 3 years and combined Anatomic pathology/clinical pathology 4 yrs.

What are the average scores for AMGs and IMGs who matched in Pathology?

The average scores for AMGs who matched in Pathology in USMLE step 1 and 2 CK are 226 and 233 respectively.

For IMGs who matched in Pathology the average scores in USMLE step 1 and 2 CK are 224 and 225 respectively.


What are the match statistics for Pathology?

About 55% of positions offered in the match go to AMGs and about 45% of positions go to IMGs. About 96% of AMGs who apply do match and about 50% of IMGs who apply do successfully match.

What should AMGs do to increase their chances to match in Pathology?

During your medical school rotations try to schedule your electives mainly in pathology to get touch-base with the attendings so you will get LORs from them later on. Also you need a book to impress the faculty you are interacting with and increase your knowledge at the same time. Most people who match will have the Robbins & Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease . During interviews, at most of them, you will be asked about pathology books you have read, and having the answer ready, as above, will further push your ranking up in the NRMP match.

What should IMGs do to increase their chances in matching in Pathology?

Doing observerships and getting US LORs is an important part of your ERAS application where program directors will be looking for such information.

We also strongly recommend that you have the same book as AMGs in your shelf, namely the " Robbins & Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease " as above. Applicants are also differentiated based on the knowledge and their interest in the domain they are applying to, so be ready.

Also, IMGs should apply to the same programs where we helped their peers to match in the previous years, these programs are found in many states as described in the below mentioned list. This is the full list of the IMG friendly pathology residency programs in pdf form which you can easily download it to your computer or any other device from amazon: Pathology IMG Friendly Residency Programs List

I matched already, what should I do to survive pathology residency?

To survive pathology residency you will need to get some books which are needed to build up your knowledge and other books to help you pass the inservice and board exams. These books are traditionally recommended by program directors and widely used by residents, you can find them here: Pathology Recommended Books