University of California, Davis

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The University of California, Davis Health System (UCDHS) is located in Sacramento and is the sponsoring institution for the program. Residents are based primarily at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento but also participate in scheduled and elective rotations at affiliated facilities primarily including the VA Sacramento Medical Center at Mather Field.

The University of California, Davis Health System (UCDHS) offers a fully accredited and integrated four-year training program in anatomic and clinical pathology. Fundamental training in general surgical, cytologic, autopsy, and clinical pathology is enhanced by the broad geographic catchment area served by the UCDHS. The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is a full service, state-of-the-art lab. Residents gain training experience in all areas of Pathology. Elective training in all disciplines/subspecialties is available including support for away rotations. The program emphasizes scholarly and academic activities. Each resident is encouraged to undertake or participate in an original scientific project, with the goal of publication in a peer reviewed journal and/or presentation at a scientific meeting. Opportunities for clinically oriented research are plentiful. Basic science research may be undertaken in conjunction with our research faculty based in Sacramento or at the Davis Campus, California Primate Research Center, or the Center for Comparative Medicine. The department provides modest intradepartmental research grants for motivated residents. Proficiency in the field of pathology is achieved through service work, complemented by daily morning conferences, which include a core didactic lecture series.

In accordance with applicable State and Federal laws and University policy, the University of California does not discriminate in any of its policies, procedures or practices on the basis of race color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, handicap, age, veterans status, medical condition (cancer-related) as defined in Section 12926 of the California Government Code, ancestry, or marital status; nor does the University discriminate on the basis of citizenship, within the limits imposed by law or university policy. In conformance with applicable law and university policy, the University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Inquiries regarding the university’s equal opportunity policies may be directed to the vice chancellor of academic affairs-affirmative action officer and Title IX coordinator, 525 Mark Hall, (916) 752-2070. Speech or hearing impaired persons may dial 752-7320 (TTD).

There are 13 postgraduate physician positions in pathology as well as one-year fellowships in Cytopathology, Hematopathology, GI/Liver Pathology and Gyn/Breast Pathology. We have a two-year Clinical Informatics Fellowship.

The residency is based at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. In addition to serving the main hospital, Cancer Center and outpatient clinics, the UCDMC Laboratory also provides services to an extensive primary care network throughout California’s Central Valley. Other UCDMC affiliations include The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office.

Sacramento, California’s capital, is a medium-sized city located midway between the Pacific Ocean and the scenic Sierra Nevada Mountains, in the heart of the Central Valley. The area features a favorable climate and reasonable cost of living. Nearby Davis, 14 miles to the west, offers a small, university-town atmosphere with abundant family-oriented resources, an excellent public school system, and numerous cultural and scholarly events drawn by the University. Recreational opportunities are plentiful, with skiing, hiking and backpacking, the San Francisco Bay Area, the Napa Valley Wine Country, and the majestic Pacific Coast all within two hours of the Sacramento metropolitan area.

Application Instructions

We participate in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). All applications and accompanying materials must be filed through ERAS. First-year appointments will be made through the National Resident Matching Program. Appointments at advanced levels are occasionally available, and open filing is permitted. Following review of complete applications, interviews of selected candidates will be arranged. Foreign medical graduates are encouraged to pursue experience in a clinical setting within the US prior to applying.


Candidates must be eligible for licensure in the State of California. If there is any question regarding eligibility, inquiries should go directly to the Medical Board of California.


Annual salaries are those appropriate to postgraduate levels established by the University of California, Davis. Fringe benefits include sick leave, medical, dental and vision coverage, disability and life insurance, paid vacations, professional liability insurance, laundry service. relocation stipend, and on-call meals. The department also provides generous development and travel funds.