What we are looking for in an IMG applicant?
We have a mix of applicants from US and International Medical schools. Over the past few years we have recruited applicants from Caribbean medical schools who are also from various parts of the US. Our selction for interview criteria for IMGs is not very different from those of USMGs and a non-inclusive list follows:
- Well-written personal statement that clearly describes how various professional and personal experiences led you to decide on choosing Psychiatry.
- Applicant must have graduated from medical school within the past 24 months. If more than one year has passed between graduation and the interview day, we do expect the following:
- You have passed or are planning to pass the USMLE Step 3 before January 30th of the year you are applying for residency.
- You have maintained some involvement in mental health care work as an extern or observer. Merely helping someone at a psychiatric clinic is not sufficient.
- Applicant must have graduated from a foreign medical school that has been in operation for at least 10 years and is recognized by WHO, ECFMG, CAAM-HP and any other local, regional or international accrediting bodies. Applicants from Caribbean medical schools that also have New York or California approval for students to do clinical rotations in those states are preferable.
- Preference will be given to applicants that have passed Step 1, and Step 2 CS and CK on the first attempt. It is not uncommon for applicants to be interviewed before they have completed Step 2; the final scores will, however, be needed before we rank an applicant in late January.
- Exceptional narratives from all mentors and teachers in medical school must be documented in the MSPE.
- Three letters of recommendation that clearly describe the author's familiarity with you and your interest in Psychiatry. Short, generic and plain letters typically result in an applicant not being chosen. Two LORs must be from psychiatrists in an ACGME-accredited residency program on residency program letterhead.
- Applicant must have done at 3 rotations in Psychiatry during medical school in a variety of clinical settings.
- Applicant must have a clear understanding of the main components of a psychiatric interview along with an MS4 level knowledge of psychopharmacology & psychotherapy.
- Demonstrated humanitarian, volunteer or advocacy work and experience in mental health related areas over the course of the applicant's life.
- Clear explanation of why the applicant would want to live in Lexington for residency-very important for applicants not native to Lexington.
- Clear explanation of how the applicant perceives that he or she will fit in with our group of residents.
- Description of applicant's strengths and areas in need of improvement; how will these impact the program.
- Please make certain that the photograph in your application is professional, taken by either your medical school or a photo studio.
We interview on some Wednesdays from late October through late January. The exact dates will be determined closer to interviewing season. Six to eight candidates are interviewed each day. Please be dressed professionally. The interview begins with a dinner the evening before followed by meetings with faculty and residents along with the tour from 8 am to 4 pm the next day. Arrival and departure plans must be made accordingly.