University of Virginia School of Medicine

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The Department of Pathology at the University of Virginia offers an ACGME-accredited training program in anatomic and clinical pathology, with options for straight AP and CP training or AP-neuropath training. Our program provides intense training in the various disciplines of pathology, emphasizing resident responsibility and teaching at all levels. Numerous basic science and clinical research opportunities are available. Our graduates are eligible to sit for the American Board of Pathology examination and are well prepared to assume leadership positions in academic and community practice.

Five positions are typically listed with the National Residency Matching Program. Twenty positions are active within the training program at any time. Accredited fellowships in Cytopathology, Neuropathology, Hematopathology, Dermatopathology, Laboratory Genetics & Genomics, and Transfusion Medicine are available. Non-accredited fellowships in Clinical Chemistry and Gynecologic Pathology are offered. For information regarding numerous research opportunities in our department, please refer to this link on our website.

The Department of Pathology provides pathology and laboratory medicine support for the University of Virginia Hospital, a modern, 650-bed tertiary care hospital which draws its patients from central and southwestern Virginia. Additional material is provided by surrounding community hospitals and an active national referral base. In 2017, the Department performed approximately 255 autopsies; 30,000 surgicals; 14,000 cytology specimens; 2,000 fine needle aspirates; 5,500,000 laboratory examinations and provided 47,877 transfused products. A four-week forensic experience is conducted at the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Richmond, Manassas or Roanoke. A newly renovated resident learning center and state-of-the-art facilities and equipment are available, including access to various electronic media. The Claude Moore Health Sciences Library has on-line E-journals, on-line access to books, subject-specific medical databases, approximately 130,000 books and journals, 1,100 current journal subscriptions, and approximately 2,500 current electronic journals.

The Charlottesville-Albemarle region boasts a highly educated workforce, excellent school systems, high quality healthcare, and affordable living. Residents pride themselves on our local heritage, the area’s natural beauty, and our city’s nationally-ranked reputation. Named “#1 City in America” by Frommer’s in 2004 and again in 2010 for overal quality of life, Charlottesville has also enjoyed rankings as “Best Place to Live Among Small Cities (Money magazine), “Top Ten Cities That Have It All” (Arts & Entertainment TV), “40 Best College Towns…” (Outside), “Healthiest Place to Live” (Kiplinger Personal Finance), “Hottest for Fitness” (Newsweek), and “Best Place to Raise a Family” (Readers’ Digest).

The area’s economic base centers on tourism, higher education, light manufacturing, agriculture, and retail trade. Each year thousands of tourists view the Grounds of the University of Virginia and the homes of U.S. Presidents Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe. The Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Valley offer plentiful recreational opportunities including hiking the Appalachian Trail, mountain biking, and hot air ballooning. Musical and cultural venues including the Charlottesville Pavilion, John Paul Jones Arena, Paramount Theater, and the Virginia Film Festival bring national and international performers to town. Charlottesville-Albemarle is also host to an incredible selection of casual and fine dining establishments and many notable wineries.

The City of Charlottesville is nestled at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in western Central Virginia. Home to a population of over 45,000 residents with a metropolitan population over 200,000, the City has earned a reputation as being one of the most livable places in the country. A city deep in historic value, the area has raised three Presidents and is the home of the University of Virginia, founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1825. With a growing enrollment of nearly 20,000, the University is consistently listed as one of the top five public universities in the country. In 2007, the area’s emphasis on historic preservation alongside modern development earned recognition by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as a Dozen Distinctive Destination. The City is one of few in the state with a triple-A Bond rating from both Moody’s and Standard & Poors national reporting agencies. In 2008, the City was ranked one of the top cities in the Country to do business, higher than any other city in Virginia. The University of Virginia is the number one employer and provides the city with a stable workforce.

The historic charm of Jefferson’s Virginia and the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge combine to make Charlottesville and the surrounding Albemarle county one of America’s most desirable places to live. Charlottesville’s close proximity to the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean allows residents to enjoy a mild climate with four distinct seasons. With an annual average temperature of 57 degrees, the thermometer rarely falls below 20 degrees in the winter or rises above 90 degrees in the summer. With several ski resorts nearby and an average of 24 inches of snow annually, winters are considered mild and manageable.

Application Instructions

Applications must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). An MSPE (Dean’s letter), medical school transcript, USMLE scores (Step 1, 2 and CS), your personal statement explaining your interest in the pathology residency, your photo, and three letters of recommendation from faculty who are familiar with your work are required. Applicants must pass all USMLE steps on the first attempt . We generally look for scores of 220 and above. An interview is extended after all materials are received and approved by the Selection Committee. All applications must be received by November 15th. We conduct interviews in November and December and provide one night’s stay at a hotel nearby on the evening before the interview. We also provide dinner that evening with several residents as well as lunch with them on the day of the interview. The day concludes around 3:00 PM which provides candidates with the opportunity to sightsee along the blue Ridge Parkway, walk along our historic downtown mall, and visit Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson.


Have a demonstrated interest in pathology, have excellent clinical skills, have passed the USMLE tests on first attempt, have graduated from medical school within the last 3 years.


All House staff receive professional liability, malpractice insurance, disability and life insurance provided by the medical center. Major medical insurance is provided to all house staff at a nominal charge with reasonable family rates. Parking is convenient and affordable. Athletic facilities are available at a substantial discount. Funds are provided by the Department for books and meetings. For additional information on benefits and policies for House staff please visit the House staff website.