Residency Application Information

All applications to UCSF Pathology training program are accepted only through the Association of American Medical Colleges’ (AAMC) Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). To begin the application process, applicants should review the ERAS web site at Go to the “Resource Center” on the ERAS home page and select “Applicant resources”. Please note that the departments require three letters of recommendation, a Dean’s letter and copies of all USMLE exam results. These should be handled using the ERAS application system. The deadline for receipt of applications from ERAS is December 15th for appointments beginning the following July.

UCSF GME policy states that "A passing score on USMLE Step II (CS and CK) is required for all trainees beginning a UCSF GME program June 2010 and later.” However, the USMLE Step 2 is currently suspended and will not be required for application in 2021-22. Trainees will be required to complete the USMLE exams once they are reinstated. Updates will be made regarding future exams as more information becomes available from the CSEC.

Application information, including ERAS information, for international graduates can be found at For information regarding the Anatomic Pathology or Clinical Pathology Training Program, please contact the appropriate residency director, in care of Brittney Augerlavoie.

Applicants interested in applying to the UCSF Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Physician-Scientist Program should note additional information here.

National Resident Matching Program Rules

Please see the NRMP website for the most current rules and regulations (

The purpose of the National Resident Matching Program is to allow both applicants and programs to make selection decisions on a uniform schedule and without pressure.

Any attempt by programs to obtain a commitment from applicants to accept a position before the match occurs is a violation. Any attempt by applicants to obtain a commitment from a program to offer a position before the match occurs is a violation. Any attempt to solicit information on how a program or applicant will be ranked is a violation.

It is not a violation for either an applicant or a program to express strong interest in a program or applicant. It is not even a violation for an applicant or program to tell how the program or applicant will be ranked. However, none of these expressions of interest on the part of either an applicant or a program can be considered a commitment to enter a program or to guarantee a position.

California Medical License Information

Prior to January 1, 2020:

The California Medical Practice Act permits U.S. medical and osteopathic school graduates to practice medicine with the scope of their ACGME approved training program without a license for the first year of residency, but requires registration with the California Medical Board. Forms will be provided by and processed through your home department. The law also allows trainees in the second year post M.D./D.O. to register through their program in order to continue training. During that year, however, a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the State of California must be obtained. If, by the end of the Resident 2-year a license is not obtained, all “privileges and exemptions...shall automatically cease.” (Section 2065).

Trainees who have not obtained a license within this time frame will not be allowed further patient contact. During the period of non-licensure, the Resident/Fellow appointment, including salary, will be suspended. Resumption of training, once a California Medical License has been obtained, will be at the sole discretion of the residency Program Director. Thereafter and for the duration of training, the California medical license must be continually maintained as a prerequisite to appointment.

Click here for application packets for a California physician’s license or they may be requested by writing or phoning:

Medical Board of California
1426 Howe Avenue, Suite 54
Sacramento, CA 95825-3236
Phone: 916-263-2499

*** Please note, in January 2020, The California Medical Board will begin requiring a Postgraduate Training License for all trainees enrolled in ACGME training programs. More details can be found on the Medical Board of California website (****