Application Process

Thank you for your interest in the Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Pathology Residency Training Programs!

Our two training programs are outstanding - but historically separate - pathology residency programs, both located in Boston, Massachusetts and affiliated with Harvard Medical School. While the BWH and MGH pathology residencies have operated independently of one another for over 50 years, we are now coming together to embark on a new era in pathology training with the creation of a joint BWH-MGH residency training experience, beginning in July 2023.

While we await the upcoming ACGME review of our application to become a new, fully integrated program called the Mass General Brigham Pathology Residency Program, we will continue to exist as two separate programs during this fall recruitment season. To simplify the recruitment process, all applications for a residency start date of July 1, 2023 [including all possible tracks - Anatomic Pathology (AP), Clinical Pathology (CP), Anatomic and Clinical Pathology (AP/CP) or Anatomic Pathology/Neuropathology (AP/NP)] will be submitted through the existing BWH application pathway in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Residents who match into this program will spend approximately half their time at BWH and half their time at MGH, with fully merged didactics and conferences at both.

In ERAS, please specify the track to which you are applying:

  • Anatomic Pathology Only or Combined AP/CP | 1265300C0 (Categorical) ➞ choose this track if you are interested in AP, AP/CP, or AP/NP
  • OR
  • Clinical Pathology (Laboratory Medicine) Only | 1265300C1 (Categorical)

Our application deadline is October 31st for positions beginning the following July 1st. We encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible; for this season, residency applicants may begin submitting MyERAS applications to programs at 9 a.m. ET. on September 7, 2022.

We require the following items submitted through ERAS:

  • Application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • MSPE (Dean’s letter)
  • Medical school transcript
  • Minimum of 3 current letters of recommendation

In addition,

  • Candidates must have passed Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) and/or Level 1 of the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX).
  • Documentation of successful completion of the USMLE Step 2 and/or COMLEX Level 2 is not required for application or interview, but is required prior to starting residency. It is therefore strongly encouraged that applicants take the USMLE Step 2 and/or COMLEX Level 2 examination by December 31 to ensure that scores are available in time for the start of residency.
  • Successful completion of USMLE Step 3 is not required prior to starting residency; it must be passed during the first two years of residency to enable appointment at the PGY3 level or higher.
  • We do not have a minimum USMLE or COMLEX score requirement
  • International medical graduates
    • A valid ECFMG certificate is required prior to starting residency; this is also required for participation in the NRMP.
    • Please note that USMLE requirements depend on whether or not a visa is needed (see below).

Residents need not hold U.S. citizenship.

  • J-1 and H-1B visas will be sponsored for selected individuals.
    • The Departments sponsor J-1 visas via ECFMG. It is necessary to have passed USMLE Steps 1 and 2.
    • To qualify for H-1B status to perform clinical medicine, it is necessary to have passed USMLE Steps 1, 2 and 3, hold a valid ECFMG certificate, and hold a full or limited Massachusetts Medical License.
  • Please also visit the Mass General Brigham Office for Global Professionals and Scholars website as well as our FAQ section for more information.