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Steven Kang, MD, Jonathan Somma, MD and Henry Flax EdD






All applications must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

The Program does not accept hard copy applications via regular mail, fax nor electronic copies via email.

Residency candidates must be graduates of medical schools in the United States or Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education or be a graduate of a foreign medical school acceptable to the American Board of Pathology and hold an ECFMG certificate.

All applicants should have USMLE Step I and Step II (CK) scores of 205 or above or COMLEX scores of 85 and above. All Step exams, including Step 2 (CS) must be passed on the first attempt.

Letters of Reference (3) and in-person interviews are required. Letters should include information regarding the candidate's pathology experience if possible. 

Applications must be received by December 15, 2015 for appointments beginning July 1, 2016.

The program will sponsor J-1 visas for 2015-2016.

Jonathan Somma, MD, Residency Program Director

Steven Kang, MD, Associate Residency Program Director

Henry Flax, EdD, Residency Education Coordinator

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do You Accept International Medical Graduates to your program?


Am I Required to Pass USMLE Steps 1 and 2 on my 1st attempt?


I am a U.S. medical school student. Am I required to Pass USMLE Step 2 to interview?

U.S. students do NOT need to have Step 2 CK to be granted an interview. They must have completed and passed Step 2 with a score greater than 205 prior to beginning the residency program.

If I am an IMG, am I required to pass Step 3 prior to my interview?


Does your program require DO applicants to provide USMLE transcripts as well as COMLEX?

We accept both USMLE and COMLEX examination transcripts (not the individual score reports).  Either may be submitted as part of your application.  You must have completed and passed Steps 1 and 2 prior to the beginning of residency.

Is there a cut-off date since Medical School Graduation year?

Yes.  Applicants should have graduated within the past 10 years (i.e., 2005). 

Do you take applicants outside the Match?


As of October 1, 2015, we will NOT participate in the NRMP Match.  All positions will be offered pre-match. 

Is there a Pre-match option?

Yes.  Effective October 1, 2015, we will ONLY offer pre-match positions. 

Is on-campus housing available?

Yes, but extremely limited.

How do I apply to the Neuropathology Fellowship Program?

If you are applying to our Neuropathology Fellowship program, the NRMP has created two separate entry paths for candidates applying to SUNY Downstate:

1426300C0  Pathology  

1426300C1  Pathology-AP/NP

You must select 1426300C1  Pathology-AP/NP if you want to be considered for Neuropathology. 

Can I submit my application via email or by mail or in person?

No.  Our faculty only considers applicants whose files come to us through the ERAS system.  We only review those candidates’ applications that are complete.  If you have not submitted all of the required documents needed through ERAS, we urge you to do so at your earliest convenience to receive full consideration in the process. 

Do you require Interviews?

Yes, we require an in-person interview before we consider an applicant for an appointment in our program. 

Is there an Application Deadline?

To be considered for an interview and a matched position, applicants must have all their materials completely loaded in ERAS by December 15, 2015.  We begin to review applicants on a rolling basis in early October and will complete our review no later than January 31, 2016. 

Is ECFMG Certification needed for Interview?

Not needed for interview, but must submit prior to match.

Are Observerships available?

No.  Students from U.S. medical and U.S. osteopathic schools who are interested in applying for a visiting elective in Pathology may apply to us through the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS).  For more information, see the SUNY Downstate registrar web page at

Will I receive a response to my application?

Yes.  All applicants are notified in writing of the status of their application. If rejected, you will learn of that decision within one week of the faculty's meeting and review of your application. If under consideration, you will be advised within one month of your application regarding scheduling an interview or rejection.



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