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Selection Process

We offer four PGY-1 positions each year. All positions are filled through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and applications are accepted only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). The deadline for application and letters of reference is December 1st of the year prior to the starting year.

We offer one PGY-2 position each year and accept them on a rolling basis. Applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) but are typically filled outside the match. The deadline for application and letters of reference is December 1st of the year prior to the starting year.

Application Requirements

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Our training program requires the following application materials:

  • ERAS Common Application Form (MyERAS Application)
  • A personal statement which includes your reasons for choosing psychiatry as a specialty.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A minimum of two letters of recommendation from faculty or professional staff at your medical school or hospitals where you have worked, including at least one letter from a psychiatrist, at time of application. Three letters of recommendation are preferred.
  • Official medical school transcript
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE or Dean’s Letter)
  • USMLE or COMLEX scores
  • Applicants should have graduated from medical school within the last 5 years.

The NRMP requires that residency programs provide applicants with the agreement that they would need to sign upon matching with the program. Please click to view the GMEC Resident Appointment Contract.

    Prior training and application requirements for PGY-2 Applicants

    • Completion of one clinical year of accredited, broad-based training in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, or Pediatrics in the United States; or an ACGME-accredited transitional year; or one year of an ACGME-accredited residency in a clinical specialty requiring comprehensive and continuous patient care.
    • All application requirements above and a statement from the training director of each previous training program. This statement must specify the clinical and didactic experiences for which you will be given credit and an evaluation of your performance and professional integrity.

    Our program receives many more qualified applications than can be interviewed. Our review is mission based and heavily weighted toward life experiences including advocacy, and experiences working with underserved and vulnerable populations. Various factors affect the decision of whether to interview a candidate, such as clinical experience and interest in psychiatry, meaningful volunteer or work history, USMLE/COMLEX scores, dean’s letters, WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho) regional connection, and letters of recommendations.

    We do not have a fixed exam score cutoff, but we give preference to applicants who have passed all taken exams on their first attempt.

    Applicants who are very interested in pursuing residency with us are welcome to contact us.

    International Applications

    International medical graduates should contact the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) for their application materials and eligibility requirements. Paper applications will not be accepted. Our institution does not sponsor VISA's for residents and so we cannot unfortunately offer interview anyone who has this requirement.

    We accept ERAS applications from International Medical Graduates if you have the following:

    • Documentation of valid ECFMG certification
    • Documentation of successful completion of an eight-week clinical rotation comparable to a U.S. or Canadian medical student rotation that is beyond a research or observer/volunteer level. This can include a clinical clerkship or sub-internship. Applicants who have completed this at an ACGME accredited U.S. medical education program or Canadian medical school are more competitive.
    • Letters from medical supervisors from the U.S.
    • Applicants should have graduated from medical school within the last 5 years.