University of California, Irvine

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Fully approved four-year integrated programs in anatomic and in clinical pathology are available. This program is unique in offering a variety of practice settings among the – University of California Irvine Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of Orange County, and Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Long Beach). Residents will rotate on a quarterly basis. The combined hospital programs offer a wide variety of experience in autopsy and surgical pathology, fine needle aspiration, dermatopathology, histochemistry, cytopathology, neuropathology, electron microscopy, pediatric pathology, immunopathology, clinical chemistry, toxicology including drug screening, hematopathology and coagulation, blood banking and blood donor and pheresis programs, microbiology including mycology, parasitology, and virology and laboratory computer systems. Ample opportunity exists for research and teaching for individuals pursuing an academic career. A curriculum for residents with an interest in a career in Forensic Pathology is also available. Hospital conferences cover a wide range of specialties.

The program is approved for a total of 20 residents and fellows. First-year positions are available in the NRMP.

Beds 389 416; Necropsy 70 70; Surgical Pathology 14,000 5,500; Cytopathology 54,000 3,200; Clinical Pathology 2,000,000 2.5 million; Blood Bank (transfusions) 8,000 4,000; Bone Marrows 500 300.

UCIMC is located in the heart of Orange County. Numerous cultural events are held in the Performing Arts Center and South Coast Repertory Theater. Several universities are located nearby, and amusement parks such as Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm are a short distance from the complex. The VAMCLB is located in the coastal city of Long Beach with its own commercial seaport, renowned beaches, marinas, international trade center, university, theater, arena, and attractions such as the Queen Mary, and Grand Prix. The mild, pleasant climate promotes a wide variety of outdoor recreational activities.

Application Instructions

Applications for a position through the NRMP should be submitted and completed in accordance with their deadlines. Positions not filled by the NRMP will be available after March of each year, and application for these positions may be submitted at any time and are evaluated as soon as they are received. Candidates must either be graduates of LCME accredited medical schools in the USA or Canada or International medical graduates with current ECFMG certification and current Medical Board of California letter of commencement. Applications will be accepted through ERAS.


The salary scale of the University of California will be paid and for the 2016-17 academic year was: Post-MD I $62,487; Post-MD II $64,558; Post-MD III $67,094; Post-MD IV $69,743. Three weeks paid vacation, educational leave, housing stipend and medical and professional liability insurance are provided.