Pathology Residency & Fellowship Training Program

Applicant Information

Medical school seniors and all other applicants receive appointments through the National Residency Matching Program. Resident candidates must be graduates of approved medical schools in the US or Canada or must be graduates of foreign medical schools who have ECFMG certification. All applications for PGY-1 positions must be submitted through the ERAS system. Deadline for applications is December 1.

All applicants must have passed step 1 and 2 of USMLE or COMLEX, preferably after one attempt. For graduates of foreign medical schools, clinical experience in the US is preferred. Applicants who have graduated from medical school more than 5 years ago will be considered only under exceptional circumstances. Non-US citizen applicants must meet the requirements for United States visa eligibility.

Our program receives approximately 600 applications every year. A total of 40-50 applicants are invited for interviews that take place from late October to early February. The Residency Admissions Committee meets in middle February to discuss and create the final ranking list submitted to the National Residency Matching Program.

Welcome from the Chief Resident

Welcome to the UTMB Pathology Residency Program!

As the chief resident for the 2021-2022 academic year, I am excited to share with you why I believe UTMB Pathology is one of the best programs in the nation.

Our training takes place at one beautiful location that serves the UTMB academic hospitals and clinics, the Shriners Hospital for Children, and the Texas Department Criminal Justice Hospital, a maximum-security acute care facility. We see a breadth of interesting pathologies by providing care for these various institutions. We are also home to the Galveston National Laboratory, the largest BSL-4 laboratory in the world located on an academic campus.

Residents also have the option to rotate in hematopathology at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, or train in forensic pathology at the medical examiner’s offices in Texas City (Galveston County), Houston (Harris County), or Austin (Travis County). Elective months at any unaffiliated institution are available to pursue special interests and network, should you so desire.

You will find that our program is very active academically and is more clinical than most other pathology programs. Our very active role in patient care ensures our patients receive the best care possible. We are supported by our chairman and faculty who are innovative, progressive, and enthusiastic. They will teach you, believe in you, and inspire you. Our curriculum is well-balanced and is tailored to the resident’s interests starting in PGY1. Our residents become involved in research projects or presentations at local, state, and national conferences, and they start early. We also now have more elective and research opportunities than ever before.

Here at UTMB, you decide your future. Our program has a proven record for graduating residents who pursue further training in GI pathology, dermatopathology, breast pathology, hematopathology, transfusion medicine, cytopathology, and forensic pathology, among many other subspecialties. Residents from our program frequently secure fellowships at institutions such as MD Anderson, Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Vanderbilt, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, and Yale. Wherever you want to go and whatever you want to do, UTMB will prepare you for a successful career.

Though we have many strengths, my favorite part of our program is the people. We are a diverse group of residents that value achievement and challenge yet support each other. You will see that we are not only colleagues, but friends. Our residents are hand-picked to ensure that bond persists. We hold regular program-wide social events such as holiday parties as well as numerous smaller, interest-based gatherings (when we are not under mandated COVID precautions).

Here at UTMB Pathology, I found my calling, my mentors, and life-long friends. Each of you deserve the same.

Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. Best of luck in The Match!

Alyeesha Blair Wilhelm, MD