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Selection Process

The Pathology Residency Training Program participates in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). Generally all training positions are offered by participating through the matching system.

Applicants submit applications and supporting documents through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Any document not printed in English must be accompanied by an acceptable English translation performed by a qualified translator. Each translation must be accompanied by an affidavit of accuracy acceptable to the hospital.

The program requires receipt of the following documents for completion of the application process: 

  • an ERAS application form
  • an official medical school transcript
  • a medical school performance evaluation (Dean's letter)
  • 3 letters of recommendation from faculty references
  • a personal statement addressing the applicant’s goals and interest in a career in pathology 
  • USMLE (Steps 1, 2CK, 2CS) or COMLEX (Levels 1, 2CE, 2PE) transcripts
  • Graduates of medical schools outside of the U.S. and Canada must have a valid ECFMG certificate.
  • In order to participate in an accredited Graduate Medical Education clinical training program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, foreign national physicians must seek ECFMG sponsorship as a J-1 exchange visitor.
  • Medical students currently enrolled in a U.S. medical school on an F visa may be considered for training under an H1-B visa status.

The Director of the Residency Program, or designee, is empowered by the Residency Committee to review all documentation and determine if the applicant should be invited for an interview. Criteria used for this determination include:

  • caliber and reputation of the applicant's collegiate and medical school education
  • grades or grade point average, or other evidence of academic achievement or excellence
  • relative scholastic or class rank, if available
  • letters of recommendation
  • enthusiasm of recommendation of the Dean's letter
  • sincerity and depth in the personal statement
  • evidence of scientific inquiry or research activities, including publications and presentations
  • other curricular or extra-curricular activities
  • any awards or honors
  • strong references to character

Prior to the interview date, the coordinator provides access to the applicant's documents to all interviewers, together with a standard evaluation form.

Interviewers complete a standard evaluation form for each applicant. At the end of the interview season, the Program Coordinator computes a numerical ranking of the applicants based on each Residency Committee member's ranking. The Committee meets before Match submission deadline to review the individual applicants and the rank order. A final rank list is compiled and reviewed one last time by the entire Committee prior to submission to NRMP.

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