University of Hawaii Pathology Residency Program

Application Requirements and Resident Selection

The University of Hawaii Pathology Residency Program adheres to Resident Eligibility and Selection standards set forth in: The Graduate Medical Education Directory, “Essentials of Accredited Residencies in Graduate Medical Education: Institutional and Program Requirements” and Hawaii Residency Programs, Inc. Residency Eligibility/Selection and VISA policies.

Minimal Requirements for All Candidates

All applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria at matriculation:

    A. Graduate of a medical school in the United States or Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
    B. Graduate of a college of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
    C. Graduate of a medical school outside of the United States or Canada who meet one of the following qualifications:
      i. Have received a currently valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates prior to appointment, or;
      ii. Have a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a U.S. licensing jurisdiction in which they are training;
    D. Graduate of medical school outside of the United States who has successfully completed a fifth year pathway program at a LCME accredited medical school.
    1. Applicants must meet State and Federal employment regulations at matriculation and during training.
    2. Required documentation: Dean's letter, medical school transcript, official USMLE scores and a minimum of 3 reference letters. International graduates will ideally have pursued experience in a U.S. clinical setting and provide letters of reference from U.S. physicians with whom they have worked.
    3. Applicants must be fluent in both spoken and written English, especially as it relates to the clinical practice of medicine.
    4. Applicants must satisfactorily complete all Hawaii Residency Programs, Inc.'s and State of Hawaii's pre-employment disclosures and are subject to credentialing verification and reasonable inquiry into any pertinent criminal history. Any offer will be contingent upon satisfactory responses. Applicable, fees associated with credentialing verification may be charged to the applicant.
    5.The University of Hawaii Pathology Residency Program does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, age, marital status, military status, veteran status, arrest and court record, credit history or credit report, sexual orientation, or other status protected under state and federal equal opportunity laws and regulations.

    Additional Applicant Requirements:

    A. Applicants for PGY-1 positions. Program prefers, but is not limited to candidates who meet the following criteria:

      i. Possess a valid MD or DO degree and not be more than five years from medical school graduation at the time of matriculation.
      ii. Received USMLE Part 1 and Part 2 scores greater than or equal to 205 for Step 1 and 220 for Step 2 (or greater than or equal to 500 COMLEX score), and passed Step 2 CS, all on first attempt.
      iii. Demonstrated continued interest and involvement in clinical medicine since graduation from medical school.
      iv. Is participating in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).
    B. Applicants for PGY-2 or higher positions. Program prefers candidates to meet the following criteria:
      i. Be currently enrolled and in good standing in an ACGME accredited residency training program at the time of application.
      ii. Received USMLE Part 1 and Part 2 scores greater than or equal to 205 for Step 1 and 220 for Step 2 (or greater than or equal to 500 COMLEX score), and passed Step 2 CS, all on first attempt.
      iii. Pass Step 3 of the USMLE prior to matriculation.
      iv. Must provide a summative competency-based performance letter from current training program (Program Director), outlining satisfactory completion of prior training.
    C. Other
      i. The Program requires its residents to provide evidence of having taken and successfully passed USMLE or COMLEX Step III not later than December 31 of his/her second year of residency training.
      ii. The Program participates in the National Resident Matching Program and adheres to its established principles and policies regarding Match application and rank order processing.
    Graduates of Foreign Medical Schools and/or Foreign-Medical Graduates and Visa Status:

    Hawaii Residency Programs Inc. is a not-for-profit educational institution committed to providing the opportunity for post-graduate education to qualified medical school graduates accepted into our Program.

    All persons seeking employment with Hawaii Residency Programs Inc. must show that they are authorized to work in the United States. For purposes of this section, a foreign medical graduate (“FMG”) refers to a medical school graduate who is not a U.S. citizen, a U.S. national or a lawful permanent resident of the United States. Hawaii Residency Programs Inc. will assist an FMG accepted into our Program to apply for a nonimmigrant J-1 visa if the FMG is not otherwise authorized to work in the United States. The Immigration and Nationality Act permits an FMG with a J-1 visa to remain in the United States long enough to complete the training during that period. Hawaii Residency Programs Inc. will only sponsor a J-1 Visa.

    J-1 Visa Sponsorship
    Residents who have been accepted into our Program and requiring J-1 visa sponsorship must arrive in Hawaii no less than thirty (30) days prior to the start of employment. This ensures required paperwork and processing are completed by employment start date.

    Interested applicants and candidates for the program may obtain information regarding the Program, including financial support and benefits and conditions of appointment at Hawaii Residency Program, Inc. website, via regular mail, or email. Applications are accepted exclusively via Electronic Residency Application Services (ERAS). Deadline for submission of required documentation for the upcoming year is December 15. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all documents are submitted. Members of the Selection Committee review applications as often as necessary until the selection process is complete. Residents are selected on the basis of academic qualifications, previous performance, letters of reference, communication skills and personal qualities. Due to the geographical location and the non-availability of program funds to subsidize the cost of travel, the program does not require but encourages in-person interviews. If an eligible applicant elects to travel to the Island for an interview, all costs incurred are at his/her own expense.

    Additional Information:

    Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS): National Resident Matching Program (NRMP): National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME): American Medical Association Frieda Online: American Board of Pathology (ABP):


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