Selection Criteria

Selection Criteria

  • An acceptable academic record.
  • A proven interest in our specialty, demonstrated by electives in pathology, or research is preferable but not required.
  • Acceptable letters of recommendation from specialists in any of the areas of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine are viewed favorably by the Residency Selection Committee.
  • Candidates must have skills in communication and be able to work with a wide variety of people.


  • In early December the Departmental Residency Selection Committee screens applications and will email applicants, offering an interview. In-person interviews usually occur during the dates specified by CaRMS, but could be adjusted to occur earlier if warranted.
  • Applicants will visit the various UBC teaching hospital sites for interviews by members of the Residency Selection Committee. Each interview lasts approximately 20-30 minutes, with questions to include reasons why the applicant wishes to become a pathologist/laboratory physician, career plans, etc. Applicants also have the opportunity to ask questions of the Program Directors to obtain information that will assist in their rankings for the CaRMS Match. Additional personal interviews with selected staff and residents will also occur at this time.

Personal Letters

  • A personal letter describing the candidate’s interest in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine must be included with the application.

Reference Letters

  • Three letters of reference are required and should be written by staff, due mid-November. A reference from a senior resident will not be accepted. The Program requires that all reference letters be sent to them via CaRMS. Late references will be accepted until the end of December.


  • Approximate quota for 2006: 6 positions
  • Number of applicants 2004/2005: 21
  • Number of interviews 2004/2005: 14
  • Average out-of-town applicants matched 2003-2005: 31%