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SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Department of Pathology

How to Apply

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 graduated from a foreign medical school acceptable to the American Board of Pathology and hold an ECFMG certificate.

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 November 30, 2019 for appointments beginning July 1, 2020.

The program will sponsor only J-1 visas for 2019-2020.


Jenny Libien, MD, PhD, Residency Program Director

Steven Kang, MD, Associate Residency Program Director

Jianying Zeng, MD, Associate Residency Program Director for Anatomic Pathology

Natasha Henry, Residency Education Coordinator


Frequently Asked Questions

Do You Accept International Medical Graduates (IMG) 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 taken Step 2 to be granted an interview. However, they must have completed and passed Step 2 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.

Are their admission's criteria with regard to date of medical school graduation?

Yes. Applicants should have graduated within the past 10 years (i.e., 2009).

Do you take applicants outside the Match?

In some years, we have chosen to offer only PRE-MATCH (i.e., OUT OF MATCH) positions. However, for the 2019 - 2020 admissions season, we intend to remain in the NRMP match.

Is there a Pre-match option?

No, not for the current admissions season. See also above.

Is on-campus housing available?


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 through ERAS, we urge you to do so at your earliest convenience to receive full consideration in the admission's 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, applicants must have all their materials completely uploaded in ERAS by November 30, 2019. We begin to review applicants and offer interviews on a rolling basis and will complete our review no later than December 20, 2019.

Is ECFMG Certification needed for Interview?

No, but it is required prior being offered a position.

Are Observerships available?


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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