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How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in the training program in Pathology at the University of Iowa. We use a holistic approach to application evaluation. We value diversity in our faculty and residents. 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 & Clinics supports both H-1b and J-1 visas. The Department of Pathology does not offer externships or observerships to IMGs.

UI Hospitals & 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. 

Given the hundreds of applications from international medical graduates received each year it is difficult to identify those highly qualified applicants among such a large number. We received many questions as to application requirements. To help answer some of these we request that international medical graduates review the 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. Was your USMLE Step 1 score above 194, your Step 2 score above 209, and have you passed the Step 2 Clinical Skills exam? (1 point)

If your score is 4 or more points, please apply to our program through ERAS. Please e-mail PathGMECoord@uiowa.edu 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 through January.

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