Application Process

Recruitment / Selection Policies for UWHC/VA Combined Residency Program Pathology & Laboratory Medicine*

The Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Residency Program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, offers training in Anatomic Pathology & Clinical Pathology (AP/CP), AP only training, or CP only training.

US Graduates

  1. Applicants must apply by October 31st, 2020 through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Application materials should include/fulfill the following requirements:
    • 3 letters of recommendation
    • MSPE (Dean’s letter)
    • Official transcript
    • USMLE or COMLEX scores: A minimum passing score of 210 is generally required on Step 1 (first or second attempt only). Step 2 & 3 scores are not required for application, however, successful completion of Step 2 (CK & CS) is required before the start of residency. A minimum COMLEX Level 1 score of 450 is also generally required.
    • Not more than 10 years from receipt of M.D./D.O. degree
  2. Interviews will be granted on the basis of academic achievement, and evaluation of personal statement and letters of recommendation.

International Medical Graduates (IMGs)

  1. Applicants must complete an application form and provide appropriate documentation via ERAS:
    • Official transcript
    • A copy of current and valid ECFMG certificate
    • 3 letters of recommendation
    • Dean’s letter (MSPE)
    • Official Medical School transcript
    • USMLE score(s): A minimum score of 210 is generally required on Step 1 first or second attempt only. Passing Step 2 is required on first or second attempt. However, in response to the recent suspension of Step 2 CS by the USMLE program, we will accept ECFMG certification by alternate pathways for the 2020-2021 recruitment season.
    • Permanent U.S. Resident or J-1 clinical visa only
    • Not more than 10 years from medical school, unless under mitigating circumstances
    • Preference is given to those with US clinical experience
  2. Interviews will be granted on the basis of academic achievement and evaluation of personal statement and letters of recommendation.
  3. Additional consideration will be given to graduates who have successfully completed an advanced degree other than the M.D. or its equivalent, who are currently in an ACGME accredited residency training program, or who have additional research experience.

Interview and Selection Process

  1. In accordance with the Coalition for Physician Accountability Work Group recommendations, all residency recruitment interviews will be conducted virtually this year. Applicants will meet via web conferencing with pathology faculty, the residency program director and/or associate program director, and pathology residents.
  2. The Program Coordinator will be responsible for maintaining the application files and for scheduling the interviews. Each interviewer, including the chief resident or designee, will be provided with the application packet prior to the interview. Following the interview, an evaluation form including a rank score will be completed and returned to the Program Coordinator. The rank scores are collated and averaged.
  3. The GME Committee and any additional faculty members who were involved in the interview process will meet in January to determine a rank list. This listing will be based, in part, on the averaged rank score, and consideration of other factors. The rank list will be entered into the National Resident Match Program (NRMP) database. Rules governing the NRMP are strictly adhered to.

2020 Resident Recruitment Interview Dates

Interviews will be conducted virtually from November 9, 2020-January 15, 2021. A wide array of interview dates and times will be offered in order to help ensure that candidates in different time zones are able to find a suitable interview slot.

* In compliance with federal law, including the provisions of title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the American Disability Act of 1990, the University of Wisconsin does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or military service in its administration of educational policies, programs, or activities; its admissions policies; scholarship and loan programs; athletic or other University-administered programs; or employment.

Selection of residents follows guidelines established by the ACGME as described in the Institutional Requirements Section IV.A (ACGME Institutional Requirements)