Application Process

Application requirements for the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso four-year Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency program:  

The TTUHSC El Paso Pathology Residency Program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and accepts applications only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) from the Association of American Medical Colleges.


Candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a graduate from a medical school in the United States or Canada that is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Canada (RCPSC) or
  • Be a graduate from a college of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) or
  • Applicants must be able to obtain a Physician-in-Training Permit from the Texas Medical Board
  • International medical students:
    • TTUHSC El Paso sponsors J1 Visas only.
    • If any document is in a language other than English, an official word-for-word translation on official letterhead stationery must be provided. It must be prepared by any of the following: government official, official translation agency, or college/university official.
    • Be a foreign Medical Graduate with a valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), or have a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a United States licensing jurisdiction. All International Medical Graduates (IMG) candidates must pass Step 3 before the end of PGY 2 year.
    • ECFMG Certification is required upon submission of ERAS application.


The following documents are required for your application to be considered complete:

  • ERAS application
  • Official transcript of USMLE/COMLEX scores
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement (1-2 pages)
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation (preferably from pathologists and/or clinicians who can address your performance in a clinical setting and potential)
  • Documentation for the completion of Step 1/Level 1 must be included in the application
  • Steps 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK)/Level 2-CE must be completed before starting the program.
  • Medical School Performance Evaluation (MSPE) when provided by the medical school
  • Official Medical School Transcript (transcribed in English)
  • Medical School Diploma (if applicant has completed medical education prior to date of interview)
  • Copy of ECFMG certificate, evaluation status, ECFMG and Flex/USMLE exam scores

For applicants who completed part or all of another residency program, submit a letter of recommendation from the program director of that residency and a letter of recommendation from another core faculty from that program. This is in addition to the 3 letters of recommendation requested above.

We review all applications, taking into consideration commitment to pursuing a career in pathology, academic performance, written and oral communication skills, and letters of recommendation. No minimum USMLE/ COMLEX scores are needed to apply to the program. Previous experience in a U.S. clinical laboratory/formally evaluated clinical rotation or research experience in the U.S. is not required.

The TTUHSC El Paso Pathology Program does not discriminate with regard to gender, race, age, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other applicable legally protected status.

Our Selection Committee considers the ENTIRE application when selecting candidates to interview!


Please feel free to email our residency program coordinator at if you have additional questions regarding the application process.