Frequently Asked Questions
Candidates must be eligible for licensure in the State of California. Inquiries should be directed to the Medical Board of California. Appointments will be made through the National Residency Match Program (NRMP) and applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) websites.
December 15th is the cut-off date for accepting and uploading ERAS documents.
The UC Davis Residency Program uses the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates definition, which can be found at the ECFMG website.
All IMGs must apply for certification through the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) in order to apply and be accepted into US residency training programs. In addition, all IMGs must obtain a Postgraduate Training Authorization Letter (also known as PTAL letter) which is a document that allows IMGs to start their training in a residency program in California.
UC Davis Medical Center sponsors J1, however, there are other requirements, please see IMG requirement document.
No, US clinical experience is not required, however a demonstrated interest in Pathology is favorable.
There is no graduation year cut off.
A passing score is the minimum requirement.
Yes, a scheduled date is required.
Yes, we do participate in the Couples Match.
Yes, an ECFMG Certificate is required (for international medical graduate applicants) to complete your application and only completed applications are reviewed for interview.
Yes, for international medical graduates, a PTAL must be RECEIVED prior to being offered an interview.
Our Program has 12 residents and we accept both US and IMG applicants.
All residents take call except for PGY-1 residents. Each call shift is 24 hours long and mostly at home call. Number of assigned calls may vary based on the number of eligible residents available to take call.
Completed applications consists of: ERAS application, CV, Personal Statement, 3 Letters of Recommendation, School Transcripts and USMLE Transcripts. Fellowship and Residency applications need to include letters of recommendation from any prior or current training director before application can be considered. For IMG’s, ECFMG certificate and PTAL is also required. All materials in the ERAS system must be submitted before the application can be reviewed.
For more information on our residency program, go to FREIDA Online.
You can also address inquiries to:
Anna (Gutiérrez) Schmidt
Residency and Fellowship Program Coordinator
Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
UC Davis Medical Center
4400 V Street, PATH Building, Suite 1104
Sacramento, CA 95817
Phone: (916) 734-3331