Education : Residency

Information for Applicants

Application Process

1. First year positions. We accept first-year applications only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) of the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). ERAS transmits residency, fellowship and internship applications, letters of recommendations, Dean’s Letters, medical school transcripts, USMLE transcripts and other supporting credentials from you and your designated Dean’s Office to us using the Internet.

2. Other positions. Openings for years other than first year, those that occur during the academic year and fellowships are filled outside the match. Currently, the residency program does not accept out-of-cycle residents.

3. All applications must be submitted via the ERAS system beginning September 15. Visit ERAS.

4. Submission deadlines and interviews: Applications should be submitted by November 30 at 11:59 p.m. ET. We generally interview small groups of applicants from mid-October, through mid-December. Individual interviews are available if needed.

5. Selection process: Applications are screened for interview invitations on the basis of the following criteria:  

a. The applicant must be a graduate of an approved medical school. Most residents have graduated from medical school within 10 years of application.
b. USMLE scores are important; the higher the score, the better. Generally, residents have scores >220 on each of the USMLE examinations.
c. An advanced degree, i.e., PhD or MS, research experience and prior medical experience are viewed favorably but are not required. Familiarity with pathology and pathology residency is encouraged.
d. Three letters of recommendation dated for the current year are necessary. These should be from individuals who have observed your work skills recently and who can speak to your ability to communicate in English and to write independently.
e. A personal statement is necessary.

6. Foreign medical graduates. Candidates should hold a valid ECGMG certificate prior to receiving an interview invitation. J1 visas are sponsored; H1 visas are not sponsored. You may obtain information concerning US visas through the Jackson Memorial Hospital House staff office.

7. Additional information concerning the JMH Graduate Medical Education programs may be found Here.

Programs Offered

1. Four-year training program in anatomic pathology and clinical pathology. This is a combined program that includes generally includes 18-20 months in CP, 20-24 months in AP and 6 months of elective time. Our training program fulfills the current requirements of the American Board of Pathology. Specific outcome measurements have been identified for all six competency areas of residency training as mandated by the ACGME and American Board of Pathology.

Training in anatomic pathology includes autopsy and surgical pathology with closely coordinated teaching in cytopathology. Integrated into the two years of anatomic pathology training is experience in pediatric pathology, neuropathology, hematopathology, dermatopathology, pediatric pathology, renal pathology and forensic pathology. Residents are exposed to state-of-the-art techniques involved in preserving RNA, DNA and proteins for molecular biology and proteinomics.

Training in clinical pathology includes rotations in clinical chemistry, hematology/hematopathology, microbiology, immunology/immunopathology, coagulation and transfusion medicine, molecular biology and cytogenetics. Included in the clinical pathology training program is experience in special techniques including flow cytometry and molecular biology.

Laboratory management activities include monthly video-based lecture series, progressive responsibilities in administrative and on-call coverage, participation in CAP-sponsored laboratory site visits and assigned lab management-related projects. Information technology is taught by structured learning excercises in laboratory information systems as well as by specific IT-related projects during CP rotations. medical school and residency teaching, and presentations at organ-specific tumor boards, CPCs and medical mortality conferences.

Residents are expected to participate in at least one research project, an abstract submission for presentation at a national meeting, and a Pathology Grand Rounds presentation during the fourth training year. Research may be done during specific rotations or as a formal rotation elective.

The Department of Pathology stresses active involvement with the clinical staff in patient care, along with participation in intra- and interdepartmental conferences, and medical student teaching.

3. Fellowships: The Department offers one-year ACGME-approved fellowships in Breast/GYN, Cytopathology, GI/Liver-Pancreas, GU, Hematopathology, Molecular Genetic Pathology, Pediatric Pathology and Transfusion Medicine, in addition to a one-year research fellowship.

4. We have a total of twenty-one approved positions for pathology residents and twelve fellows positions.

The program utilizes the facilities of Jackson Memorial Hospital (1,500 beds), the Veterans’ Affairs Hospital (900 beds), the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the Dade County Medical Examiner’s Office, all of which are located within an 8-square block of downtown Miami. The department of Pathology signs out approximately 400 autopsies; 42,000 surgical specimens; 35,000 cytology examinations, and over 8,000,000 laboratory tests yearly. Adjacent to the medical complex, the University of Miami Medical School Library offers 70,000 volumes, more than 119,000 journals and full computerized informational services. Library privileges are also extended by the main campus of the University (1,800,000 volumes).