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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.

We have 2 residency tracks with the same NRMP code (1599400C0):

  • General Residency
  • Research Track

International Medical Graduates:

International medical graduates are required to submit the above items in addition to:

  • ECFMG certificate
  • 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 the Electronic Residency Application Service (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.


If you are selected for an interview, an invitation will be extended via the ERAS messaging system. The interview is an essential part of the application process and involves one full day in Portland. Interviews start promptly at 8am and include a lunch on campus, as well as dinner off campus with some of our residents the night before. We interview Mondays and Wednesdays early November through early January.

Frequently Asked Questions:

USMLE and COMLEX 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.

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 Clinical Skills for USMLE) prior to beginning your residency on July 1.

FMG/IMG Questions

Is training in the US essential?
Clinical experience in the US is essential

How many FMG/IMG's do you have in your program?
Currently we have 1 FMG/IMG in our program.

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.

Other Application Questions

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. Please review their policy at

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 the ERAS Match located at

How many people get interviews?
We usually have just 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.

What are the salary and benefits for trainees?
For information on trainee salary and benefits, please click here.