Eligibility and Selection Process


The Pathology Residency Program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center considers for training graduate physicians from US or Canadian medical schools accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), graduate physicians from US osteopathic schools accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and other non-US/Canadian medical graduates who are currently certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), or who have completed a Fifth Pathway program through an LCME-accredited medical school, or who otherwise hold and maintain a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the State of Tennessee.  Applicants anticipating graduation (generally before July 1 of the year in which training is to commence) from LCME-accredited US or Canadian medical schools or AOA-accredited US osteopathic schools will be considered eligible applicants.  No other anticipated credentials will be accepted.  When an applicant is considered eligible on the basis of anticipated graduation as specified above, proof of graduation must be provided before training may begin.  Failure to provide proof of graduation may result in withdrawal of offer of contract.

All applications for PGY1 positions must be received through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and must include proof of current eligibility as an applicant, a personal statement, USMLE Step 1 score or COMLEX Step 1 score, no fewer than two letters of recommendation and a separate Dean’s letter (Medical Student Performance Evaluation MSPE). Effective for the class entering on July 1, 2013 and later, all applicants are required to register and seek positions through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP), and to abide by the rules of that program.  Applications for positions beyond the PGY1 year will be considered only from eligible applicants who demonstrate previous training in a pathology residency program accredited at the time of the previous training by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).  Applications for positions beyond the PGY1 year must provide from previous program director(s) competency-based assessment of the applicant’s graduate medical educational experiences, and full disclosure of performance in previous pathology rotations.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to release the previous program director(s) from all liability for disclosure of this information.

Final offer of a contract by Vanderbilt University Medical Center is also dependent upon the performance of a criminal background check, for which permission must be given by the trainee.

Residents are selected from among eligible applicants on the basis of their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills, integrity and motivation for a career in pathology.  The program does not discriminate in its selection with regard to sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation.