Application Process

Thank you for your interest in the UIC Pathology Residency!  We accept applications exclusively through the Electronic Residency Application Service.  The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Program name is "University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago." The ACGME Program number is 3001621098 and the AAMC ID number is 10009137.

We receive a large number of applications (approximately 300 yearly) from which a select group of candidates will be invited for interviews.

American & Canadian Medical Graduates
By the time of beginning residency, you must be a graduate of an accredited allopathic or osteopathic medical school in the United States or Canada and you must have successfully completed United States Medical Licensing Examinations (USMLE) Step 1 and 2 CK and CS (or equivalents).  A minimum of three letters of recommendation are required, in addition to your institution's Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE).  At least one letter from a pathologist with whom you have worked is strongly preferred.

By the time of beginning residency, you must hold a valid temporary or a permanent and unrestricted medical license in the State of Illinois. Non-U.S. citizens must have a valid visa. Work Clearance and I-9 forms must be completed by the Office of International Services at the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

The following information may be useful for medical students who wish to take electives in Pathology at UIC during the residency application process. The University of Illinois College of Medicine's Office of Student Affairs coordinates electives for students who are not from the University of Illinois. Information may be found on the OSA website; choose "OSA forms" on the left menu, then "Visiting Student Program."

Special Information for International (non-U.S. or Canadian) Medical Graduates
The UIC Department of Pathology does not offer observerships or intern/externships.

By the time of beginning residency, you must hold a valid, unexpired ECFMG certificate, as well as a valid temporary or a permanent and unrestricted medical license in the State of Illinois. Non-U.S. citizens must have a valid visa. Work Clearance and I-9 forms must be completed by the Office of International Services at the University of Illinois at Chicago.


UIC supports J-1 visas only and the Graduate Medical Education (GME) office assists residents in application and renewal of these visas.  H-1b visas are not supported.  Please see the GME Office's policy on visas.

Sufficient interview spots are not available for all qualified applicants. Three or more of the following are preferred for consideration for an interview:

  • Significant research experience in the United States, preferably resulting in abstracts, papers, and/or graduate degree.
  • Medical school curriculum in English
  • ECFMG certification at the time of application
  • USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK and CS successfully completed on first attempts
  • USMLE Step 3 successfully completed
  • One year of clinical residency in the United States or Canada
  • Experiences particularly relevant to pathology

A minimum of three letters of recommendation are required, in addition to your institution's Dean's Letter. At least one letter from a pathologist with whom you have worked is strongly preferred.