How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in our Pathology Residency Training Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. We only consider applications submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), and all applicants should be registered with the National Resident Matching Program(NRMP).  Our deadline is November 1st for positions beginning the following July 1st.

We require the following items submitted through ERAS:

  • Application
  • Personal statement
  • MSPE (Dean’s letter)
  • Medical school transcript
  • 3 current letters of recommendation
  • USMLE scores
  • If applicable, ECFMG certification

Previous clinical experience of any kind in the U.S. is beneficial. Applicants are granted interviews based on their entire application, taking into account the education, training, and experience; we do not have minimum USMLE or COMLEX score requirements.

Please keep in mind that this is a highly competitive program that receives a large number of applications, and we typically accept less than 3% of those applying. The hospital sponsors both J1 and H1b visas for selected individuals.

  • Successful completion of Part 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) is required for all applicants.
  • Successful completion of USMLE Step II (Written and Clinical Skills Assessment) is not required for application or interview but must be completed for initial appointment as a Resident or Clinical Fellow.
  • Documentation of successful completion of USMLE Step III is required for appointment at the PGY 3 level or higher and for any applicants seeking H1b visa status.

Applicants applying to the AP or AP/CP programs are considered together in a single group. Those interested in AP/NP should also apply to this group. CP Only applicants are considered separately and have a separate match number and match list.

Applicants are notified by e-mail whether or not they have been granted an interview.

Review Process

In recent years, the Department has seen an increase in the number of applicants from approximately 300 to 400 per year. One-third of the applicants are from U.S. medical schools and two-thirds are from international programs; male and female numbers are approximately equal.

Of the 400 applicants last year, roughly 70 were interviewed (~17%), with the majority coming from U.S. programs. Approximately 9-10 AP (or combined AP/CP) resident positions and 2 CP resident positions are selected per year. Residents need not hold U.S. citizenship.

Recruitment and selection of residents is conducted by the Departmental Residency Recruitment and Selection Committee. Meeting weekly between October and February, the Committee is Chaired by the Program Director and comprises the Departmental Chair, Executive Vice-Chair, major clinical division directors and selected other senior AP and CP faculty, several laboratory investigators, and 2 senior residents, typically the Chief Residents.

These individuals also actively interview residency candidates during their 1-2 day visits. Evaluation is based on medical school record, letters of recommendation, standardized test scores, aptitude, academic credentials, personal characteristics, communication skills, and the ability to benefit from the opportunities offered by our training program. The Brigham and Women’s Pathology Department – assisted by the BWH Office for Multicultural Careers – is fully committed to the recruitment of qualified minority applicants.

Interview Day

To get to the residency training program office:

  • Come into the main entrance of Brigham and Women's Hospital at 75 Francis Street (the Amory Laboratory Building).
  • Once inside take a sharp right; you will see a bank of elevators on your right.
  • Take the elevator up to the third floor.
  • Turn left upon leaving the elevator and you will see a "Department of Pathology" sign.
  • Come through that door and walk down the short hallway, then take a left and walk to end of hall.
  • We are in room 360H on your right before the conference room that is located at the end of this hall.

The interview day generally begins at 8 or 9 am and is completed by 4:30 or 5 pm. Please plan to spend the entire day with us. For applicants interested in research opportunities in the Boston area, an additional day meeting relevant Principal Investigators can be arranged.

For questions and/or concerns, contact Margarita Rosado at marosado@bwh.harvard.edu or 617-732-8613.

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