Frequently Asked Questions

Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency Program

Q: Do you participate in the NRMP?
  • A:The Danbury Hospital Pathology Residency Program participates in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP).

Q: How do I apply to your Program?

Q: When do you start reviewing applications?

  • A: We begin reviewing applications after September 1st. The deadline for applying is December 1st.

Q: What are the application requirements?

  • A: Personal Statement (1-2 pages)
  • Official Medical School Transcripts
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (Dean's Letter)
  • Three Letters of Reference/Recommendation - from faculty members, mentors, or supervisors who can address your performance and your commitment to the study of pathology
  • Official copy of your United States Medical Licensing Examination scores
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Current Photograph

For documents that are not in English, include a translation by a qualified translator and an affidavit of accuracy acceptable to the hospital. If you are an International Medical Graduate, we require:

  • Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) Status Certificate (not Status Report)
  • Visa Status

Q: What are the criteria for selection to the Danbury Hospital Pathology Residency Program?

  • A: The residency committee considers USMLE scores, previous training and achievements, your personal statement of interest in pathology, professional letters of recommendation, and the personal interview.

Q: How many people are accepted into the program?

  • A: The number of applicants accepted into the program depends on the number of positions available.

Are there any International Medical Graduates (IMGs) or DOs in your program?

  • A: Yes, our program includes both IMGs and DOs.

Q: For International Medical Graduates, is ECFMG certification required for interviewing?

  • A: Yes, ECFMG certification is required for applicants who are IMGs.

Q: Do you have a cut-off date for medical school graduation?

  • A: No, there is no specific cut-off date for graduation.

Q: What should an applicant include in the Personal Statement?

  • A: Your Personal Statement should tell us why you are interested in pathology as a career, what kind of experiences you have in pathology, and what career path you plan to follow after training.

Q: . How many letters of recommendation do you require with each application?

  • A: We require a maximum number of three (3) letters from faculty members, mentors, or supervisors who can address your performance and your commitment to the study of pathology (preferably at least one from a pathologist).

Q: Is there a policy regarding the number of attempts or a minimum passing score on the USMLE?

  • A: No.

Q: Does your program offer an observership program?

  • A: Yes, our program offers observership opportunities.

Q: Does your program require previous training, research experience, or a Ph.D. in pathology?

  • A:No. While previous training, research experience or a Ph.D. in pathology is useful in confirming your interests and abilities in pathology, it is not required.

Q: Does the Danbury Hospital Pathology Residency Program offer H1-B for IMGs?

  • A:We do offer H1-B visa sponsorship, as long as the applicant passed USMLE Step 3 prior to being considered for our match list.

Q: Do I need to submit results for USMLE Step 3 to apply for the residency program at Danbury Hospital Pathology Residency Program?

  • A: No, you do not need to submit USMLE Step 3 results to apply at the Danbury Hospital Pathology Residency Program. However, if you are an International Medical Graduate who wants to be considered for H1-B visa sponsorship, you need to submit your USMLE Step 3 results. Keep in mind that an H1-B visa requires passing Step 3 while a J1 visa does not.

Q: Can I contact the Program Office to inquire on the status of my application?

  • A:Due to the volume of applications we receive and process, please check this website first. The Frequently Asked Questions section is specifically designed to answer your questions.

The Program

Q: How many positions are there in your Program?

  • A:We have eight (8) positions in our program. For Academic Year 2013-2014, there will be one (1) PGY-1 position available.

Q: Is the Danbury Hospital Pathology Residency Program accredited by the ACGME?

  • A:Yes, we are fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

Q: Are residents from international medical schools currently enrolled in the program?

  • A:Yes. The Danbury Hospital Pathology Residency Program takes pride in its diverse group of highly qualified residents and faculty.

Q: Is passing USMLE Step 3 required during training?

  • A:Yes. Residents must take and pass USMLE Step 3 by the end of the second year or they will be dismissed from the program.

Life in and around Danbury Hospital

Q: What kind of housing is available for residents?

  • A: There is a variety of housing within close proximity to the hospital including apartments, condominiums, and homes for sale or rent. Most residents find rental housing using free and fee-based internet listings.

Q: Do most people commute to work?

  • A: Most residents drive to work and live within a few miles of the hospital; several residents live within walking or biking distance of the hospital.

Q: Is parking provided?

  • A: Yes, Parking is provided for residents free of charge.

Q: Do residents have their own workspace?

  • A: Yes, residents are each assigned their own desk, computer and microscope; assignments change yearly.

Q: Where can I find information about compensation and benefits?

  • A: Check the Fringe Benefits section of this website for more information.

For More Information

Please contact us if you have questions about the Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency Program at Danbury Hospital, or would like more information.