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. 

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, no failures with Step 1.

Yes, we do participate in the Couples Match.

Yes, an ECFMG Certificate is required to complete your application and only completed applications are reviewed for interview. 

Yes, a PTAL must be RECEIVED prior to being offered an interview. 

Our Program has 11 residents, the ratio of IMGs does differ, however on the average there is a 60% US / 40% IMG split in our program. 

All residents take call except for PGY-1 residents. Each call shift is 24 hours long. Junior residents are on-call for a total of approximately 6-7 weekends and 20-30 days each year. Senior residents are on-call for approximately 3-5 weekends and 10-20 days each year. Most call shifts can be performed remotely without having to be present on-site. However, on-site calls sometimes occur/are required for frozen sections and apheresis procedures. All residents are supervised by an assigned AP and CP faculty member while on-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 add, ECFMG certificate and PTAL. 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 R. Gutiérrez
Resident and Fellowship Program Coordinator
Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
UC Davis Medical Center
4400 V Street, PATH Building
Sacramento, CA 95817
Phone: (916) 734-3331
Email: argutierrez@ucdavis.edu