How to Apply to the Psychiatry Program

All applications are processed through ERAS, the electronic residency application program. Please follow the ERAS application directions. We participate in the National Resident Match Program (NRMP).

Applicants who are international medical graduates are required to have current Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certification. We sponsor J-1 visas only.

Application Deadline: Dec. 1

What Are We Looking For in an Applicant?

Part of our mission is to train quality psychiatrists to help fill the clinical need in our region. Therefore, we consider ties to the region as part of our screening process but do value maintaining a diverse group of residents. In addition, here are some key elements (there may be others) we look for in an applicant when reviewing applications and during the interview:

  • A well-written personal statement that clearly describes how various professional and personal experiences led you to decide upon psychiatry as a specialty.
  • Preference will be given to applicants that have passed USMLE or COMLEX Step 1, and Step 2 CK on the first attempt.  A passing score is required for either USMLE Step 1 or COMLEX Level 1 for application and a passing score for USMLE Step 2 CK or COMLEX Level 2 CE and must be submitted prior to the rank list submission deadline or the applicant will not be ranked by the program.
  • A minimum of two letters of recommendation that clearly describe the author's familiarity with you and your interest in psychiatry should be included in your application. Short, generic, or plain letters typically result in an applicant not being chosen. At least one letter must be from a psychiatrist, ideally in an ACGME-accredited residency program on residency program letterhead.
  • The applicant should have done at least two to three rotations in psychiatry during medical school in a variety of clinical settings.
  • The applicant should demonstrate humanitarian, volunteer, or advocacy work and experience in mental health related areas over the course of their educational training.

Preference is given to applicants who have graduated medical school within two years of the application date.

Interview Scheduling Process and Interview Day

All interviews in the 2023-24 recruitment season will be done virtually. We interview on some Wednesdays from late October through mid-January. The exact dates will be determined closer to interviewing season. Five to six candidates are interviewed each day. Please dress professionally. Remember that the entire time you are with us, we are reviewing your potential as a future resident. Also, ensure that all communications with us following the interview are professional with timely responses to our queries.

For all our interview scheduling, we use the program Thalamus. This program will be an important tool for candidates selected for interview as it will be a secure and reliable connection to our availability and communications. Interview invitations will be sent out on Tuesday afternoons.

Prior to interviewing, all prospective interview candidates should visit the UK GME prospective residents and fellows page found here to review information related to the following:

  • Stipends and benefits
  • Contract 
  • GME policies and procedures
  • Interview acknowledgement forms

 Optional In-Person Visits with Tour and Interactions with Residents

This year, the department of psychiatry will be hosting two optional in-person visits, with tour and interactions with residents after we have completed virtual interview.   The dates will be released later in the Fall.  All applicants invited to interview in any of our categorical or combined training programs will be invited to attend one of these events.  There events are entirely optional and the ranking committee will not participate in these events or know which applicants attend and attendance will not affect ranking.  Invitations will be sent out later this Fall. 

Each of these days will include a presentation by a chief resident, tour of our core psychiatry rotation sites, lunch Q&A with residents, and a dinner with residents at a local restaurant.

A Typical Interview Day

  • Introduction and program overview with the program director.
  • Four to five one-on-one interviews with faculty and a chief resident.
  • A chance to interact virtually with residents from the psychiatry residency program.