How to Apply to the Psychiatry Program?

We participate in NRMP, and all applications are processed through ERAS, the electronic residency application program. Please follow the ERAS application directions.

Applicants who are International Medical Graduates (IMG's) are required to have current ECFMG certification.  We sponsor J-1 visas only.

Application Deadline: December 1st

We begin reviewing applications from mid-September through January of the following year. Most applicants are called for interviews before January.

What we are 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 CS and 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 and 2 CS or COMLEX Level 2 CE and 2 PE must be submitted prior to the rank list submission deadline or the applicant will not be ranked by the program.

    • Three letters of recommendation (LOR) 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 LOR must be from a psychiatrist, ideally in an ACGME-accredited residency program on residency program letterhead.

    • The Applicant should have done at least 2-3 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 2 years of the application date.

Interview day

We interview on some Wednesdays and Fridays from late October through late January. The exact dates will be determined closer to interviewing season. Five to six candidates are interviewed each day. Please be dressed professionally. Remember that the entire time you are with us (from dinner with residents the evening before until the afternoon of interview day) 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.

A typical interview day is as follows:

    • Dinner with current residents and other applicants the evening before the interview day
    • Introduction with Chair and Program Director
    • 4-5 one-on-one interviews with Faculty
    • Video tour of other sites
    • Tour of UK Outpatient Clinic
    • Lunch with residents
    • Tour of Chandler Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital Inpatient Unit