Residency Program: Application Checklist


Kelly Smith, MD, PhD
Professor, Pathology
Director, Pathology Residency Program
Box 356100
Phone: (206) 598-6400

Mark Kilgore, MD
Associate Director, Pathology Residency AP Training
Acting Assistant Professor

Sindhu Cherian, MD
Associate Director, Pathology Residency CP Training
Associate Director of the Hematopathology Laboratory
Associate Professor, Laboratory Medicine

Monica Pagano, MD
Associate Director, Pathology Residency CP Training
Associate Medical Director, Transfusion Service Laboratory
Assistant Professor, Laboratory Medicine
Residency Program
Box 357470
Phone: (206) 685-1624
FAX: (206) 543-3644
University of Washington
Pathology Residency Program
1959 NE Pacific, Box 357470
Seattle, WA 98195-7470

Eligibility and Selection Policy

Application Checklist

We only accept applications through ERAS and for applicants registered for the NRMP Match. We look for candidates with excellent academic performance and a strong interest in pursuing pathology as the next step in their career.

Your application is complete when we receive the following through ERAS:

  • ERAS Common Application Form (CAF)
  • Personal Statement (1-2 pages)
  • Official Medical School Transcripts
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (Dean's Letter)
  • Three Letters of Reference - from faculty members, mentors, or supervisors who can address your performance and your commitment to the study of pathology
  • USMLE Scores (or equivalent) - report for all steps taken as they become available, pass on first attempt
  • International Medical Graduates (in addition):
    • ECFMG Status Certificate (not Status Report)
    • Visa Status

We are frequently asked for specific criteria for International Medical Graduates. Historically, IMG candidates who have been invited to interview have had a majority of the following characteristics:

  • USMLE Scores (all steps taken) above 200 (80) on the first attempt
  • Pass on the CSA (Effective 1999)
  • Medical school graduation less than 5 years ago
  • At least one year paid experience within US medical system (preferably in pathology-related specialty) OR post-MD study (PhD or Masters)
  • The UW School of Medicine accepts foreign national physicians who meet UW Eligibility and Selection requirements into its accredited residency and fellowship programs. Foreign nationals requiring visa sponsorship must obtain a J-1 visa sponsored by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). The UW does not generally provide H-1B sponsorship for residents or fellows in its clinical training programs unless the resident/fellow is otherwise ineligible for a J-1 visa. Requests for H-1B visa sponsorship are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and are subject to approval by the UW GME Office and the UW Provost's Office. (Complete UW Policy)

For applicants who want to transfer from or have completed study in another specialty, and who are applying for a first-year pathology position, you will need to apply through ERAS and enroll in the Match. One of your reference letters must be from your current residency program director. If you are selected for interview, we will mail you our required Summative Evaluation to be completed by your current program director.

We receive approximately 400 applications and interview 60-70 candidates for 6-7 positions each year. Please go to our residents and fellows page on this website for details.

2018-2019 Time Table
ERAS Post Office Opens for Applications June 2018
Application Review September - October 2018
Invitation for Interview: The Review Committee wants a chance to completely and fairly evaluate each candidate for interview. Late-September, early-October, mid-October
Application Deadline November 11th, 2018
Interviews: Interview date arranged by Education Manager. October-December 2018
NRMP Match Registration Deadline February 20th, 2019
Match Day March 15th, 2019

The University of Washington provides equal opportunity in education without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam era in accordance with the University of Washington policy and applicable federal and state statutes and regulations.