How to Apply

Application Process

The Pathology Residency training program at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for training in combined Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, Anatomic Pathology only, and Clinical Pathology only. We are currently approved for a maximum of 16 residents in our program. Application and supporting materials must be submitted via ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service at the Association of American Medical Colleges [AAMC]). Please visit the ERAS web site at:

Required items that should be sent to ERAs include:

  • Copy of your Dean's letter
  • Transcript
  • Official USMLE step 1 and 2 scores
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • International Medical Graduates are also required to have ECFMG certification and have a currently valid ECFMG certificate to present upon employment.

Applications sent directly to us by regular or electronic mail will not be accepted or considered. We sponsor J-1 visas only.

We evaluate the candidate's entire application package during the review process. We do not have defined minimum USMLE scores, grade point averages, or year of graduation from medical school. Work experience in a U.S. clinical laboratory is not required. The final step in the application process is an on-site interview that generally lasts from 8:30 approximately 2:30 p.m. on the scheduled day. Applications are reviewed as they are received through ERAS, and interviews are offered beginning in October on a rolling basis. Those invited for an interview will be contacted by electronic mail. 

The Department of Pathology is committed to research, and encourages residents to participate in research projects. Applications from physician-scientists are welcomed. The department will work with candidates interested in combining clinical and research training to plan a program that both meets the requirements of the American Board of Pathology and integrates structured research training, which may include up to six months of research time during residency. A select group of applicants may qualify for a guaranteed additional year of support to pursue their research interests. Candidates interested in these opportunities are encouraged to contact the Program Director ( by email, in addition to submitting the ERAS application.

2017-2018 Residency Recruitment Timetable

  • ERAS opens for Applications - September 1, 2016
  • Application Deadline - December 1, 2016
  • NRMP Match Registration Deadline - November 30, 2016
  • Application review and selection for interview - October - December, 2016
  • Interviews - applicants selected for interview will be contacted by email - October 17, 2016 - January, 2017
  • Match Day - March 17, 2017