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Eligibility Criteria

UC Irvine School of Medicine, The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Residency Program participates in the NRMP match and accepts applications only submitted through ERAS© will be considered. Our program ID is: 3000521407

Applicants not meeting the below listed requirement will not be further reviewed, or offered an interview.

  1. All applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria to be eligible for appointment:
    • Graduated from Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) accredited medical schools in the United States or Canada;
    • Graduated from the Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine in the United States and accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA);
    • Graduated from the medical school outside the United States or Canada and possess a valid ECFMG certificate;
    • Graduated from medical school outside the United States or Canada who have completed a Fifth Pathway training program in a LCME accredited medical School.
  2. Applicants must be able to pass a criminal background check. Physicians-in training who do not pass this background check are not permitted to enter or continue in the program.
  3. 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 (not sponsored H-1B visa)
  4. 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.

The institution complies with all ACGME requirements related to resident support, and benefits and conditions of employment.

Applicant Selection- First-Year Resident Applicants

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

For the 2021 Match, completed applications must be received no later than December 15, for positions beginning July 1 of the following year (2021).

In summary, application requires the following:

  • Completed applicaiton
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Dean's Letter (MSPE)
  • Personal STatement
  • Medical School Transcripts (originals or certified copies)
  • Medical School Diploma with English Translation, if applicable
  • USMLE or COMPLEX scores
  • Three (3) Letters of recommendation-within the last 12 months
  • 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 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 virtual faculty interviews.
  • Aptitude for successful post-graduate faculty interviews.
  • 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.


All trainees must pass USMEL Step 1 and 2 CK, or COMPLEX Levels 1 and 2, prior to being appointed as a resident at UC Irvine School of Medicine. Per the USMLE, Step 2 CS exams have been suspended until June 1, 2021, thus this exam will not be a requirement of appointment at this time. Trainees will be required to complete the USMLE exams once they are reinstated.

International Medical School graduates who have not taken USMLE Step 2 CS must fulfill the pathway requirements outlined by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) in order to qualify for ECFMG certification.

You may reference the website for the Medical Board of California and the Osteopathic Medical Board of California: