​​​​​ ​​Application/Interview Process for Psychiatry Residency Program

Interviews begin in November and run through January. Most applicants arrive the day before interviews and spend a night at a local hotel at our expense.

We offer four positions in the PGY-1 year, all through ERAS and the NRMP Match. Currently we do not have any positions available in other years. Unless we have unexpected vacancies, we do not plan to fill positions at other levels or outside the NRMP.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Applications only accepted through ERAS.
  • Must be a medical school graduate by July 1, 2015 in a U.S. or residency program, on active federal service (e.g. military), or in an advanced degree program while remaining clinically active.​​
  • ​Medical school must be on the approved California medical board list​.
  • Passed USMLE Step 1 & 2 CS and 2 CK or COMLEX Level 1 & 2-CE and 2-PE on 1st attempt (applicants with failure of one exam may be reviewed but unlikely to receive an interview)
  • Must not have repeated or remediated more than 1 medical school course or clerkship.
  • We do not sponsor H1-B visas​. We will follow the ECFMG rules regarding J-1 Visa status.​
  • We do not prescreen applications prior to submission of ERAS application.
  • Medical students interested in Couples Matching should review the 
    Couples Match Policy before applying.


Applications to our residency programs should include:

  • ERAS common application form with personal statement
  • Dean's letter
  • Medical school transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • USMLE transcripts (MD) OR
  • COMLEX transcripts (DO)
  • ECFMG certificate (for international medical graduates only) 

What Else Helps

  • We welcome persons representing diverse cultures, ethnicities, races, languages, and backgrounds. Whoever you happen to be, though, the key attribute is the capacity to interact flexibly and respectfully with a clientele that is extremely diverse demographically, sociologically, and behaviorally. Persons with this ability often have friendships, interests, and cross-cultural experiences that reflect their receptivity to alternative views and their adaptability to unusual conditions.
  • We want to train psychiatrists who will make special contributions to their profession and to their communities. Already such people may have exhibited creativity, drive, leadership and individuality in their pursuit of something in medicine, the sciences, the arts, writing, athletics, community service, spiritual pursuits, or elsewhere in their lives.