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Training pathologists

How to Apply

Application Process

All applications are processed through ERAS and should include: ERAS Common Application Form (CAF)/Curriculum Vitae (CV), Official Medical School Transcript , Dean’s Letter (Medical School Performance Evaluation), at least three current letters of recommendation, Personal Statement, USMLE or COMLEX transcript and ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates) status, if applicable.

ERAS Application Website

The Pathology program selects residents from among eligible applicants on the basis of their preparedness, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills and personal qualities and the consideration of the following:

  • Passing USMLE Step I and II scores (3 digit score ≥ 200) by the second attempt (exceptions may be made in appropriate circumstances). USMLE Part III is not required, but is encouraged to be successfully completed in appropriate circumstances.
  • The USMLE/COMLEX Part II Clinical Skills Exam must be passed with formal verification prior to submission of the match list in February.
  • The applicant should have completed medical school (including internship if required by your school) no more than 8 years ago. Discretion may be exercised, if USMLE Part III has been passed and/or if applicant had prior training and/or been practicing pathology in another country.
  • It is expected that applicants be truly interested in pursuing a broad training in anatomic and clinical pathology with the intent of practicing in an environment where diagnostic service and laboratory management will be a major responsibility.
  • Graduates of foreign medical schools not graduating in spring; must have a valid ECFMG certificate posted on ERAS prior to the deadline for match list submission in February.
  • Graduates of foreign medical schools must have at least one month experience within the US medical system in a pathology-related specialty.
  • Sponsorship of J-1 Visas ONLY for residency training. The hospital will not sponsor H1b Visas.

Applications are processed as early as September and are accepted through December 15th. Applications will be processed and reviewed upon receipt by our Selection Committee. Approximately 40 applicants will be invited for interviews. Interviews are by invitation only. Once the application is complete and reviewed, selected candidates will be invited by e-mail and will be asked to call to schedule an interview date.

  1. Interviews are scheduled 1 week in November and 1 week in December with 4 candidates per day for each week.
  2. Exceptions can be made for those traveling from a distance or with a partner (i.e. couple’s match).
  3. The typical interview day starts with meeting with the program coordinator and a resident representative at 8:30 a.m. Thereafter, each candidate will individually meet with a set of faculty members from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The candidate will then have lunch with the residents and may get a chance to attend a noon conference. A wrap-up with the Program Director is held thereafter.
  4. Interviews are not conducted on weekends, holidays, the week of Thanksgiving or between Christmas & New Year’s Day (12/24-1/1).

Resident selection will take place through the Matching Program for PGY1 positions in our Anatomic and Clinical Residency Program.

Training pathologistsResident Eligibility for Pathology

Applicants with one of the following qualifications are eligible for appointment to the Pathology residency program at Hartford Hospital:

  1. Graduates of medical schools in the U.S. and Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)
  2. Graduates of colleges of Osteopathic Medicine in the U.S. accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
  3. Graduates of medical schools outside the U.S. and Canada who meet one of the following qualifications:
  4. Fourth year medical students of medical schools in the United States and Canada accredited by the LCME who are accepted into an approved accelerated residency program that has been approved by the appropriate specialty board and accredited by the ACGME.
  5. Graduates of medical schools outside the U.S. who have completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school.

All applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S. (have permanent resident status) or obtain a J1 visa, which is the only visa which Hartford Hospital will sponsor.

(Revised/Approved GMEC: March 26, 2015)

Pathology Resident Selection

At Hartford Hospital, the Pathology program selects residents from among eligible applicants on the basis of their preparedness, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills and personal qualities. Hartford Hospital Programs do not discriminate with regard to gender, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other applicable legally protected status. The Pathology program participates in organized matching programs where available, such as the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

(Revised/Approved GMEC: March 26, 2015)


Residency Director:

Fabiola Balarezo, MD


Residency Program Administrator:

Claudette Davidson
Hartford Hospital
Department of Pathology/Clinical Laboratory Partners
80 Seymour Street
Hartford, CT 06102-5037
Tel: 860.972.6113

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Training pathologistsInterview Information

Travel Information and Phone Numbers

Bradley International Airport
The airport is 12 miles north of Hartford at exit 40 on I-91.
Phone: 860.292.2000

Automobile Rental Agencies
Available inside the airport - reservations necessary.

Taxi service available inside airport at baggage claim area and are called on an "as needed basis". Rates are pre-set depending on town you are traveling to. Rate is approximately $28.00 to Hartford.

Yellow Cab Company
(Cab from airport is not provided by residency.)
If you need to take a cab from your hotel to your interview – a Yellow Cab Voucher will be sent to you. Please let the coordinator know so this can be sent to you.

Connecticut Limousine Service
Operates bus service between Hartford/Farmington and New York Airports.
Phone: 1.800.472.5466

Bus Companies
Greyhound: 1.800.231.2222
Peter Pan: 860.724.5400
Local Bus Service - CT Transit: Phone 860.526.9181 (call for schedules from train and bus stations in Hartford)

Train Service
AMTRACK - 1.800.872.7245


With these rates you must identify yourself as an interviewee to The Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital Psychiatry Residency. All rates subject to availability.

Accommodations Information & Directions
Hartford Hospital - ERC
(Educational Resource Center)
560 Hudson St.,
Hartford, CT 06106
860.972.2611 8-4:40 (M-F)
For reservations contact Sonya Dupre, 860.545.7183

Dorm style room - used by med students. Shared bath. Access to hospital cafeteria. Local nearby restaurants.

HH/IOL Rates: $89 (with written verification). Cash or checks only (no charges accepted).

See directions to Hartford Hospital. ERC is on the HH Campus. Seymour St. to Jefferson St. to Hudson St. (See directions in packet to HH Campus)

Holiday Inn: Hartford Downtown Area
100 East River Drive
East Hartford, Connecticut
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Free high-speed internet, shuttle/parking, Smoke-Free Facility, Newly renovated as of July 2013.

For rates, check their website or call.

Easily accessible from Interstates 91 and 84, only 12 miles from Bradley International Airport (BDL)

West Hartford Inn
900 Farmington Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06119

Continental breakfast, free covered parking, and exercise room.

For rates, check their website or call.

From Bradley Airport, I-91S to I-84 W to Exit 43. Take right at end of ramp & left onto Trout Brook Dr. 2nd light, take a right onto Farmington Ave. Inn entrance is 2nd driveway on left.

Ramada Plaza Downtown Hartford
50 Morgan Street
Hartford, CT 06120

Complimentary parking and exercise room.

For rates, check their website or call.

From Bradley Airport, I-91S to I-84W to Exit 50.

  *Rates do not include state and local taxes

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Living in Greater Hartford

The Hartford area offers residents the best of New England and the East!

Hartford, ConnecticutHartford, the capital of Connecticut, is rich in work and educational opportunities, housing, shopping, historical points of interest, and cultural and recreation activities. The city is centrally located in the beautiful Connecticut River Valley, midway between Boston and New York (less than a two-hour drive to either city). Hartford is also ideally situated for travel to attractions such as Cape Cod, the mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire, and the coast of Maine. Hartford is no more than six hours from any point between Washington, DC, and Montreal.

The Hartford area, which includes the city and 32 suburbs, has nearly one million residents. Consequently, the city has cultural and other activities usually found in more extensive metropolitan areas. Hartford is the home of the Wadsworth Athenaeum, the oldest public art museum in the country. The esteemed 80-member Hartford Symphony, the Hartford City Ballet, the Hartford Stage Company (which was awarded a 1989 Tony Award for the best regional theater in the United States), and Bushnell Memorial Theatre (a 3,000-seat auditorium that presents Broadway shows, visiting performances, lectures, and other entertainment) offers programs throughout the year. The Comcast Theater, which is one of the largest indoor/outdoor music theaters in the country, will bring a diverse and eclectic variety of musical performances to Hartford. For summer fun there are cruises up and down the CT River. Family theme parks include Lake Compounce (Bristol/Southington, CT) and Six Flags New England (Agawam. MA), just a short drive away. Also Connecticut is the home of two of the largest casinos in the world, Foxwoods Resort Casino & Mohegan Sun.

Sports fans are well entertained in Hartford. The XL Center (the city’s civic center) is home for the Hartford Wolfpack Hockey Team. It also is a site for the University of Connecticut’s Division I men’s and women’s championship basketball teams. Connecticut’s new sports & entertainment center, Rentschler Field, home to University of Connecticut Huskies football team, has been built in nearby East Hartford. Minor league baseball and World Team Tennis and the PGA Traveler’s Championship Golf Tournament provide sports enthusiasts with the opportunity to enjoy many different activities.

The transportation systems in the Hartford area are convenient and make most places in the city little more than an exit ramp away. The Institute of Living, Hartford Hospital, and Connecticut Children’s are situated within the same square mile.

Opportunities for professional development abound in the region and the state. Connecticut benefits from a sophisticated population that provides a significant degree of support for the provision of health care services. A variety of advanced research and clinical training opportunities are available through the Hartford Hospital Residency Programs, and other practice opportunities continue to be available throughout the area.

For more information about the Hartford area visit the following resources:

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