Observership Applications

Observerships for International Medical Graduates will be offered to qualified individuals one time per year, during the month of May only. Observers are expected to be available during the entire month of May.

Qualified individuals can submit their applications during the month of January.  To be considered for a May 2018 observership, email Jennifer Black at jrblack@ucdavis.edu between January 1 - January 31, 2018 and include the following materials in your submission: 

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letters of Reference (minimum of 2)
  • Medical Degree/Certificate
  • Personal Statement of Interest
  • Proof of completing USMLE STEP exams 1 - 3 (minimum STEP 1 score of 210)
  • Research Interests
  • University Transcript

Applications will be reviewed and selected individuals will be notified in February. 

NOTE:  We do not have availability outside of the month of May.  Often applicants will visit our department in-person, hoping that we can offer additional slots.  We kindly ask that you do not visit our department unannounced.  If you have any questions about our program, please contact Jennifer Black at jrblack@ucdavis.edu

Observership Details

Our 4 week observership program provides exposure to two weeks each of Anatomic and Clinical Pathology.  Included is the opportunity to attend our resident conferences, grand rounds, tumor boards, conferences, autopsies and brain cuttings.  While on Anatomic Pathology individuals will participate in varies types of sign-out (including but not limited to Breast, Cytology, Endocrine, GI, and Gynecology).  While on Clinical Pathology individuals will spend one week on Transfusion Medicine (Blood Bank and Apheresis) and one week on Hematopathology sign-out.  Additionally there are number of tutorials including Molecular Diagnostics, Point-of-Care Testing and Special Chemistry.  Observers will present a Pathology case-based presentation to the department near the end of their rotation.

Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS)

Fourth year U.S. medical students can apply for our Pathology Elective courses by utilizing the Visiting Student Applicaiton Service (VSAS).  Students must have a minimum STEP 1 score of 210 and preference will be given to those interested in our residency program.  If you have questions about the courses offered in the VSAS catalog, please contact Jennifer Black at jrblack@ucdavis.edu