How To Apply - Residency


The Department of Psychiatry welcomes you to apply for an intern position through the AAMC Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS). Only completed applications submitted through ERAS will be reviewed. It is not necessary to provide a return postcard or call to check the status of your application; the ERAS system will notify you as we download your information into our files. The residency program participates in the NRMP (National Residency Matching Program) and ERAS, and applicant participation in these programs is required. No paper applications will be accepted.

To apply for the residency program, use the following NRMP code:

  • General Residency (1599400C0)

International Medical Graduates

International medical graduates are required to submit the following in addition to their standard application pieces:

  • ECFMG certificate (needed by time of application)
  • Documentation of US clinical experience

Applicants must be legally able to work in the U.S. or eligible to obtain work authorization. The GME office facilitates visas for trainees, including but not limited to J-1 Clinical and H1B visas. International Medical Graduates should contact the ECFMG at (215) 386-5900 to obtain more information about the ERAS application process.

PGY-2 Applicants

PGY-2 positions are filled on a rolling admissions basis. Applications are accepted only through ERAS. The deadline for application and letters of reference is December 31st of the year prior to the starting year. Applications received after this will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Those interested in applying for a PGY2 position should reach out to the program to see if we can take on a PGY2 resident for the following year prior to submitting an application. (Note that no PGY2 transfers are being accepted at this time for a July 2020 start).

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a USMLE cut off score to apply to your program? 
There is not a cut off, but we typically match with applicants with 220+ on USMLE.

Are COMLEX scores allowed?
Yes, COMLEX scores are accepted for DO students. However, while it is not required that you have a USMLE score, it is preferred. 

How many attempts are allowed to pass USMLE or COMLEX?
We prefer that you pass on your first attempt, but special circumstances are considered.

Do I have to have Step 2 of USMLE or COMLEX complete before applying?
No, you do not need it for your application. However, you are required to have successfully passed Steps 1 & 2 (including Step 2 CS for USMLE or Step 2 PE for COMLEX) prior to beginning your residency on July 1.

Do you accept FMG/IMGs into your program?
Yes! We have had many great residents in our program who are either from other countries or who completed medical school in other countries.

Is training in the US essential?
Yes, clinical experience in the US is essential. We request at least 6 months of US clinical experience

What type of visas do you offer?
We can arrange for many different types of visas, but the most common are H1B and J1. All applicants must be legally able to work in the US or eligible to obtain work authorization in the US.

How long since graduation do you accept medical students into your residency program?
You must have graduated within 5 years of medical school. If you did a previous residency, that is ok.

Do you accept applicants with previous training?
We do accept applicants with previous training, and this does not interfere with Medicare reimbursements.

Do you give credit for previous training?
The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) grants credit for prior training if you meet their guidelines. You can review ABPN policies on their website.

How many vacant positions do you have?
We have 8 available intern positions through the match

How do you submit an application?
Our program only accepts applications through ERAS.

How many people get interviews?
We receive well over 1000 applicants, and approximately 100 people receive an interview at our program.

Does my application look better if I fill my fourth year of Med school with psychiatry electives?
No. We advise against doing this. We prefer that you have a diverse and well rounded medical education before you specialize in psychiatry during your residency.

Do you require letters of recommendation?
Yes, three or more letters of recommendation are required. They do not need to be from psychiatrists or from a program director.

Do you have any positions available outside the match?
No. We match all of our positions through ERAS.

Does interviewing early or later in the year improve my chances of matching?
No. You have an equal opportunity to match in our program regardless of the time of year you interview.

Is the research track a separate application?
Yes, the NRMP number for the research track is 1599400C1 and the regular track is 1599400C0.

When do you send out interview invites?
We do not send out interview invites until a week after MSPEs have been released to programs on October 1st.

When do you have interviews?
We interview on Mondays and Wednesdays early November through early January

I have already interviewed with your program. Can I do a second look day?
We do not offer second look opportunities. We understand that interviewing is already really time consuming and expensive so we try to show you a little of everything while you are there on your main interview day.