How to Apply

To ensure uniform basic training, combined anatomic and clinical and anatomic or clinical pathology-only trainees must successfully complete the appropriate core anatomic and/or clinical pathology rotation series to graduate from the program.

Selection criteria

Selection criteria

Minimal Requirements for Residency Program Applicants

The following outline lists the minimal requirements for application to the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology Graduate Medical Education Programs, including the general residency, advanced specialty, and fellowship programs.

With over 400 applications received annually, applicants who meet the following criteria will be reviewed and considered. A subgroup of eligible applicants is selected for admission interviews by invitation from the Director of Residency and Clinical Fellowship Training Programs. The GME Coordinator will directly contact selected applicants to offer and arrange for an interview.

Applicants not meeting the below listed requirement will not be further reviewed, offered an interview, or receive a response. Applications will be received only through ERAS®.

1. All applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria at matriculation:

  • Graduate of a medical school in the United States or Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
  • Graduate of a college of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
  • Graduate of a medical school outside of the United States and Canada who meets one of the following qualifications:
    • Possession of a valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) at the time of application and matriculation.
    • Possession of a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a U.S. licensing jurisdiction at the time of application and matriculation.
  • Graduate of medical school outside of the United States who has successfully completed a fifth year pathway program at a LCME accredited medical school.

2. Applicant must not have more than 3 USMLE or COMLEX failures.

3. Applicants must be able to pass a criminal background check upon matriculation pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 144.057 and 245A.04. Physicians-in-training who do not pass this background check are not permitted to enter or continue in the program.

4. Applicants must meet state and federal employment regulations at matriculation and during training. The Department accepts applicants with valid J-1 visas only. The Department does not sponsor other types of visas.

5. Applicants must be fluent in both spoken and written English, especially as it relates to the clinical practice of medicine.

6. The University and its Departments do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, color, sex, national origin, disability, age, marital status, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

Additional Applicant Requirements by Level of Post-Graduate Medical Education

1. Applicants for PGY-1 positions currently enrolled in a LCME or AOA accredited medical schoolmust meet all of the following criteria:

  • Must have passed Part 1 of USMLE and/or COMLEX.

  • Must pass Part 2 of the USMLE and/or COMLEX prior to ranking.
  • Must be awarded the MD or DO degree prior to matriculation.

2. Applicants for PGY-1 positions who have completed medical school must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Must possess a valid MD or DO degree.
  • Must have passed USMLE and / or COMLEX Part 1 and Part 2.
  • Demonstrated continued interest and involvement in clinical medicine since graduation from medical school.
  • Applicants must participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

3. Applicants for PGY-2 positions must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Must be currently enrolled and in good standing in an ACGME accredited residency training program at the time of application.
  • Must have passed USMLE and / or COMLEX Part 1 and Part 2.
  • Must pass Part 3 of the USMLE by January 1 of their PGY-2 year.
  • Must provide a letter from their previous training program, outlining satisfactorily completed prior training.

4. Applicants for PGY-3 or higher positions must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Must be currently enrolled and in good standing in an ACGME accredited residency training program at the time of application.*
  • Must have passed USMLE and / or COMLEX Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.
  • Must provide a letter from all previous training programs, outlining satisfactorily completed prior training.

*Applicants who have graduated from an ACGME accredited residency program may apply for the advanced specialty/fellowship training programs without being currently enrolled in a graduate medical training program.

General Residency, Advanced Year, and Fellowship Programs Criteria for Applicant Evaluation

Eligible applicants are reviewed, offered interviews, ranked, and accepted based on the Program Director's and Residency Advisory Committee's assessment of the following criteria:

  1. General preparedness for residency, advanced specialty, or fellowship training.
  2. Breadth and depth of medical knowledge, as it relates to the current practice of medicine.
  3. Understanding of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology as a specialty.
  4. Feedback and insight from in-person faculty interviews.
  5. Aptitude for successful post-graduate medical education.
  6. Ability to safely perform the spectrum of patient care duties required for completion of the training program.
  7. Effectiveness of professional and interpersonal communication skills.
  8. Demonstration of integrity, motivation, ethic, and dedication to scholarly pursuit of medical knowledge.
  9. Performance on the USMLE and / or COMLEX examination.
  10. Letters of recommendation and evaluations.
  11. Compatibility with the Program's goals, objectives, and structure.
  12. Compatibility with current Program trainees.

Applicant selection

Applicant selection

First-Year Resident Applicants

First-year resident applicants are required to apply through ERAS, the Electronic Residency Application Service.

Completed applications must be received no later than December 15, with a strong recommendation to have them in by November 1, for positions beginning July 1 of the following year.

In summary, application requires the following:

  • Completed application form
  • Medical School Dean's letter
  • Personal statement
  • Medical School transcripts (originals or certified copies)
  • USMLE or COMLEX scores
  • Current letters of recommendation (3)
  • Copy of ECFMG certificate if graduated from foreign school

The Program accepts new PGY-1 residents through the NRMP, National Residency Match Program.

General Residency, Advanced Year, and Fellowship Programs Criteria for Applicant Evaluation

Eligible applicants are reviewed, offered interviews, ranked, and accepted based on the Program Director's and Residency Advisory Committee's assessment of the following criteria:

  • General preparedness for residency, advanced specialty, or fellowship training.
  • Breadth and depth of medical knowledge, as it relates to the current practice of medicine.
  • Understanding of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, as a specialty.
  • Feedback and insight from in-person faculty interviews.
  • Aptitude for successful post-graduate medical education.
  • Ability to safely perform the spectrum of patient care duties required for completion of the training program.
  • Effectiveness of professional and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Demonstration of integrity, motivation, ethic, and dedication to scholarly pursuit of medical knowledge.
  • Performance on the United States Medical Licensing Examination(s).
  • Letters of recommendation and evaluations.
  • Compatibility with the Program's goals, objectives, and structure.
  • Compatibility with current Program trainees.

 

Interviewing

Interviewing

2017-18 interview dates

October 20, October 30, November 13, November 10, December 4, December 8, December 18, January 8

Maggie McGough
Program Administrator
Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
D-142 Mayo Memorial Building
MMC 609
420 Delaware St. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Getting to the interview

The Commons Hotel
615 Washington Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN. 55414
612-379-8888

Airport Taxi
763-592-6400

Yellow Taxi
(612) 824-4444

Directions to the University campus

Once on campus:

lab pathology campus map

 

Resident benefits

Resident benefits

Medical residents are appointed to one-year training positions from July 1 to June 30 of the following year. Stipend rates for residents are subject to change annually.

Benefits include:

  • Health insurance - resident shares cost
  • Dental insurance - optional; resident pays
  • Pre-tax health care/dependent reimbursement accounts - optional
  • Life insurance - provided at no cost; $25,000 term policy
  • Long-term disability insurance
  • Short-term disability insurance
  • Professional liability insurance
  • Optional retirement plan
  • Vacation leave - two-three weeks of vacation time, depending upon rotation year
  • Sick leave
  • Family emergency, military, and court leave
  • Maternity and/or paternity leave
  • Professional, academic and conference leave
  • Educational expense allowance for books, software, conferences/society meeting registration fees, organization/society membership dues, and journal/slide club subscriptions
  • Trainee research fund
  • Conference travel for research paper/abstract presentations
  • Student discounts on sporting events, cultural events, computers, software, etc.
  • Standard laboratory coat

Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

What is the mechanism for applications via the NRMP Match?

Only through the ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service) system.

What is the information required though ERAS?

  • Completed application form
  • Medical School Dean's letter
  • Personal statement
  • Medical School (originals or certified copies)
  • USMLE or COMLEX scores (Step 1 is required for application and Step 2 is required before starting the program.)
  • Current letters of recommendation (3)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Copy of ECFMG certificate if graduated from foreign school

Is there a specific USMLE or COMLEX "cut-off" score?

While there is no specific score, passing scores are required. Applications with more than three attempts would not be considered.

Do you take into consideration the year of graduation, and if so in what way?

We generally prefer within 10 years of MD graduation. We occasionally consider longer graduation intervals.

Any special letter of reference required or recommended?

Letters of reference are at the discretion of the applicant. In general, strong letters from experts both within pathology, as well as those outside of pathology are desirable.

Do you require any previous US clinical experience?

We have found this is very helpful and desirable to the successful applicant.

Do you accept IMGs to your residency program?

Yes.

Do you accept J1 Visa?

Yes.

Do you accept H1-B Visa?

The J-1 alien physician visa sponsored by ECFMG is the preferred visa status for foreign national trainees in all UMN graduate medical education programs; therefore, the department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology sponsors only J-1 visas. We do not sponsor H-1B visas. More information on the J-1 visa can be found on the UMN-GME webpage.

Are there any special requirements for foreign medical graduates?

USMLE or COMLEX examination scores; appropriate Visa status; and fluency in English. Foreign medical graduates must be ECFMG certified to apply.

How many positions are available?

We anticipate accepting a total of four trainees into the program each year.

What percentage of applicantions are invited for an interview?

We interview approximately 10% of the applications we receive through ERAS.