Application Proces & FAQ

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.

Minimum 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:

  1. Have received a currently valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates prior to appointment, or;
  2. 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 or Medical School Performance Evaluation, medical school transcript, official USMLE scores as applicable, 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. The following are the Program’s preferences, but is not limited to candidates who meet the following criteria:

  1. Possess a valid MD or DO degree and not be more than five years from medical school graduation at the time of matriculation.
  2. (If applicable due to changes this year) Received USMLE Part 1 and Part 2 scores greater than or equal to 210 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.
  3. Demonstrated continued interest and involvement in clinical medicine since graduation from medical school.
  4. 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:

  1. Be currently enrolled and in good standing in an ACGME accredited residency training program at the time of application.
  2. Received USMLE Part 1 and Part 2 scores greater than or equal to 210 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.
  3. Pass Step 3 of the USMLE prior to matriculation.
  4. Must provide a summative competency-based performance letter from current training program (Program Director), outlining satisfactory completion of prior training.

C. Other

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

A graduate of a medical school outside the United States, whether foreign-born or American-born, is required to hold the standard Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (“ECFMG”) certification.

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.

Additional Information:

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.

Important websites:

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):

Hawaii Residency Programs, Inc. provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. If you need accommodations at any time, please contact HRP Human Resources at 808-586-2891.

Application FAQ

What are the salary and benefits?

The terms and conditions of residents’/fellows’ training and employment are specified in the Appointment Agreement and its exhibits. which include benefit provisions, medical malpractice coverage, mandatory arbitration agreement and the right to rescind.

Annual salaries are effective as of the beginning of each Fiscal Year.


Vacation: HRP provides paid vacation to be taken during the term of the employment agreement. There is no payment in lieu of vacation.
Leaves of Absence: HRP provides certain leaves of absence (both paid and unpaid) in compliance with applicable laws, including death in the family, temporary military duty, educational leaves, family leave, or generally compelling, urgent or unusual circumstances leave.
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Hawaii Family Leave Act (HFLA): The resident/fellow may be entitled to additional unpaid leave, in accordance with certain Federal and State laws. All available paid vacation, sick, or other leave is used prior to the leave becoming unpaid leave under FMLA or HFLA.
Sick Leave: A total of 12 days of paid sick leave is provided under the annual terms of the Appointment Agreement.
Professional Liability: HRP provides residents and fellows with medical malpractice coverage during their training. Check with the programs for more detailed information.
Medical and Dental Insurance: Health (including drug and vision) and dental care coverage is provided for the resident/fellow. Family coverage for civil union partner, spouse and children is also available at a nominal charge to the resident/fellow.
Temporary Disability Insurance, Long Term Disability Insurance, Workers’ Compensation: HRP pays the entire premium to protect against any temporary, or long term, loss of earnings due to accidental illness or injury, including pregnancy. HRP also pays premium costs for Workers’ Compensation insurance to provide health care and loss of earnings benefits for work-related injuries or illnesses.
Life Insurance: HRP pays the entire premium for group term life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment insurance for the resident/fellow. Coverage amounts to one (1) times the annual salary (rounded to the nearest $1K) to a maximum of $50,000. Supplemental life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment insurance are also available at the resident’s/fellow’s expense.
Hospital Meals: Residents/fellows assigned to in-house on-call receive meal and/or snack tickets from their assigned hospital in accordance with hospital policies and procedures.
Sleep Room: The program provides a “sleep room” for the assigned in-house on-call resident/fellow.
Living Quarters and Laundry Services: Not provided.

How often are days off?

Sundays are off for all rotations; most rotations have half-days on Saturday. Holidays are governed by schedules of the assigned institution.RESIDENT/FELLOW BENEFITS INFORMATION

What electives are offered outside of the program?

Residents may be allowed to spend time on an elective “away” rotation, not to exceed one month, with prior Program approval. Although residents will continue to receive their normal salary and benefits, the Program is not responsible for funding away elective rotations.

What is the cost of living in Hawaii (on Oahu) like?

The cost of living on Oahu is comparable to other major cities such as Boston, Los Angeles, and New York. 

What is the “educational fund” for residents?

Residents receive one Program paid conference trip during their first 3 training years. In their 4th year of training, residents are eligible for a second Program paid conference trip. Scholarly activity expenses including reimbursement for travel when presenting posters at national conferences, are supported by the Program pendiing approval. Annual book allowance is provided at $500 per year, subject to change.

Are residents allowed to moonlight?

Residents are NOT allowed to moonlight.

Do you have a mentoring program for residents?

Incoming residents are assigned buddy resident mentors and a faculty mentor to help transition into our program. After 6 months, residents have the option of continuing with their assigned faculty mentor or choosing a new faculty mentor with Program Director’s approval.

What sites do residents rotate through?

Residents rotate through 3 main hospitals throughout their 4 years of training: The Queen’s Medical Center, Kaiser Foundation Hospital, and Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children. Please refer to information about our sites here.

What type of fellowships do residents obtain?

Residents in the past have obtained competitive fellowships in many different areas of pathology.

Clinical Pathology
Washington University School of Medicine

Stanford University School of Medicine
The University of Chicago Medical Center
University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago
University of Washington Medical Center
University of Florida Health Science Center
Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center
University of California, Irvine Medical Center
University of Pittsburgh, Medical Center

Duke University Medical Center

Forensic Pathology
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Denver Office of the Medical Examiner
Miami Dade County Medical Examiner
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
University of New Mexico

Gastrointestinal Pathology
University of Florida College of Medicine
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Armed Forces Institute of Pathology
Stanford University School of Medicine

Gynecological Pathology
Stanford University School of Medicine
University of Washington School of Medicine
University of New Mexico School of Medicine
City of Hope National Medical Center
Hartford Hospital
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
New York Presbyterian Hospital
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
LAC+USC Medical Center

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

Molecular Genetic Pathology
Oregon Health & Science University
Baylor College of Medicine
University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Armed Forces Institute of Pathology
University of California, San Francisco

Oncologic Pathology
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Surgical Pathology
David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles
Stanford University School of Medicine
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Oregon Health and Science University
University of California, Los Angeles

Transfusion Medicine
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
University of California, Davis

Are IMG applicants required to have the ECFMG certification prior to the interview?

No, this is not a requirement upon applying to our program in ERAS for The Match. However, once matched into our program, you will need to have your ECFMG certification as part of the onboarding process.

Program policies are subject to change without notice. In the event of any discrepancy, the Program will defer to Hawaii Residency Programs’ policies. Please refer to additional information for prospective residents here.