How to Apply

Each year we interview approximately 40 candidates for five residency positions.

  • Applications are only accepted through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS). Please include your USMLE scores, Dean’s letter, three letters of recommendation, a personal statement and a medical school transcript.
  • Applications must be received by December 1st. Priority for interviews will be given to applicants with full applications received by November 1st.
  • All applicants must also register with the National Resident Matching Program (NMRP).

Megan Raitt, BA
Pathology Residency Coordinator
Department of Pathology
C684 General Hospital
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-384-5313

Information for Applicants

Prospective Pathology Applicants

Choosing a pathology residency can be an exciting, but sometimes anxiety-provoking, experience. Given the diversity of pathology residency programs available, distinguishing among the individual programs can be a daunting task. Additionally, the application and interview process can be hectic and exhausting, and one can easily leave an interview without a clear feeling for what a program has to offer. The most important aspect of selecting a residency training program is finding one that works well for the applicant and the institution.

It is with these thoughts in mind that the residents at Iowa decided to try to facilitate communication with prospective residents. We collectively composed the following resident-written descriptions of the program rotations in order to give an accurate picture of the resident's duties on each of the rotations. Descriptions of our teaching conferences are also provided. Additionally, we have included a question-and-answer section with questions applicants frequently ask, and some important questions that may not immediately come to mind.

As pathology residents at The University of Iowa, we are proud of our program and are extremely satisfied with our training. We believe that the program is "resident-oriented" and provides an outstanding learning environment. We look forward to meeting many of you over the next few months.

If you have questions about our program or about living in Iowa, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Neha Dhungana, portrait


Neha Dhungana, MD
Co-Chief Resident

Daniel Pelletier, portrait

Daniel Pelletier, MD
Co-Chief Resident


Criteria for Candidacy

Training Program Eligibility Criteria for:

Application Information for U.S. Medical Graduates

Thank you for your interest in the residency training program in Pathology at The University of Iowa. If after reviewing the material on this web site, you are interested in applying, please apply through the on-line Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

A minimum of three letters of recommendation, including one from the Dean of your Medical School, should be submitted through ERAS. It is also very helpful to include a letter of recommendation from a pathologist with whom you have worked.

For both your benefit and ours, we require that candidates applying for residency positions in the department have a personal interview. After we receive your completed ERAS application, we will contact you concerning an interview date. Interviews are usually conducted from November through early January.

If you have questions about our program, please e-mail

We look forward to receiving your completed ERAS application.

Application Information for International Medical Graduates (IMGs)

Thank you for your interest in the training program in Pathology at The University of Iowa. If you decide to apply to our program, please follow the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) guidelines. Only ERAS applications will be accepted.

The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics supports both H-1b and J-1 visas. The Department of Pathology does not offer externships or observerships to IMG’s.

UI Hospitals and Clinics requires IMGs to have passed their Step 2 by the time they begin their residency. Thus we as a department require passing of Step 2 including Clinical Skills before we will consider IMGs for an interview. Additionally, IMGs seeking an H-1b must have passed Step 3 before we will consider them for an interview.

We receive over 300 requests from IMGs per year! It is difficult to identify those highly qualified applicants among such a large number. Therefore if you are an IMG, we request that you study the following pre-application screening questionnaire below, which contains parameters similar to those we use to evaluate U.S. Medical Graduate applicants.


We encourage you to apply only if you score 4 or more points on this questionnaire.

An answer of "yes" to the first three questions is worth 2 points each.
An answer of "yes" to the remaining three is worth 1 point each.

1. Do you have letters of recommendation from a Pathologist with whom you have had accredited training (not just as an observer) in Anatomic (histopathology) or Clinical Pathology? This training in pathology must be beyond that required for graduation from your medical school, and the letter should attest to your aptitude in Anatomic (histopathology) and/or Clinical Pathology. (2 points)

2. Have you done an accredited one year Clinical Internship in the U.S. (not just as an observer)? (2 points)

3. Do you have a Ph.D. from a U.S. Medical School? (2 points)

4. Was your medical curriculum taught in English? (1 point)

5. Did you graduate in the upper 15% of your medical school class? (1 point)

6. Were your USMLE Step I & II scores both 82 or higher, and have you passed the CSA if applicable? (1 point)

If your score is 4 or more points, please apply to our program through ERAS. Please e-mail if you have any questions.

A personal statement and curriculum vitae should be submitted with your ERAS application. A minimum of three letters of recommendation, as well as one from the Dean of your Medical School, should also be submitted through ERAS.

For both your benefit and ours, we require that candidates applying for residency positions in the department have a personal interview, and the number of interviews we can offer is limited. After we receive your completed application and letters of recommendation, we will contact you concerning an interview date. Interviews are usually conducted from November thru January. The ERAS application deadline is December 1st.

We look forward to receiving your completed ERAS application if you satisfy the criteria indicated in the questionnaire.


Applications are only accepted through ERAS only up until December 1st of each recruiting season. Interview are generally conducted from late October through mid-January.

The Interview

We interview about 40 candidates for 5 positions beginning late October and ending in mid January. Orientation for all new residents begins June 24th, so you must be available for that start date and be licensed in Iowa by June 30th.

I got an interview! Now what?

What should I expect the night before my interview?

The program will provide one nights lodging and make a reservation for you at the Sheraton Hotel downtown. A couple of residents will meet you in the hotel lobby to take you to dinner the evening before your interview. Dress is informal. Casual attire – no tie or skirt needed.

This dinner is an opportunity for you to meet some of your potential future colleagues, get an overview of the program, and get many of your questions answered. Don’t be shy about asking about the things that are on your mind.

What should I expect on the interview day?

We will meet you in the main entrance of the hospital between 7:20 and 8:20 am, depending on which day of the week you are visiting.

The components of your interview day include: an overview of the program, a meeting with the department chair, a tour of the facilities by one of the chief residents, an interview with the program director or assistant program director, interviews with several other AP and CP faculty, and lunch with current residents. Some interview days will begin with attendance at a resident conference. Generally, your interview day will end between 2:00 and 3:00 pm.

Getting Here


The Eastern Iowa Airport (CID)

2515 Wright Brothers Boulevard, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Phone: 319-362-8336

Located 2 miles West of I-380, the airport is 25 minutes north of Iowa City. It is located just outside of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Des Moines International Airport (DSM)

5800 Fleur Drive, Suite 201, Des Moines, IA 50321
Phone: 515-256-5100

Located on the southwest side of Des Moines, approximately 2 hours west of Iowa City on I-80.

The Quad City International Airport (QCIA)

2200 69th Avenue, Moline, IL 61265
Phone: 309-757-1530

Located approximately 60 miles east of Iowa City in Moline Illinois.


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