PGY1 Residents

All applications must utilize the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) a program of the American Association of Medical Colleges.

Typically, applicants invited to interview will submit applications with the following features:

  • No USMLE or equivalent failures
  • Scores > 190 on Step 1 and Step 2 USMLE
    • We do accept COMLEX scores in lieu of USMLE
  • No course failures in medical school
  • Graduation from an AAMC approved medical school
  • No interruptions in medical training
  • Interval between application and completion of medical school/residency < 5 years
  • No adverse findings during previous professional training or activities
  • Letters of recommendation from physicians (at least 2 letters, optimally 4) with the following characteristics
  • Describes clinical activities within 24 months of expected program entry
  • Describes interest in and aptitude for psychiatry
  • At least one from a psychiatrist

Well written personal statement that:

    • Demonstrates originality
    • Demonstrates good command of the English language
    • Describes the evolution of interest in psychiatry
    • Discusses salient features of the application

PGY2, PGY3 or PGY4

Typically such applicants are considered only if there is an opening in the program or the applicant has outstanding credentials and is seeking a specific experience offered at the University of Minnesota (e.g. Schizophrenia Fellowship).

The program requires:

  • Letter of application explaining the circumstances
  • USMLE scores
  • Medical School transcript
  • Contemporary letters of recommendation
  • Confirmation of previous training and delineation of the specific rotations from the program's Director

An interview, if offered, is conducted in the same manner as described for PGY1 applicants. The Residency Training Committee decides whether to offer the applicant a position.

Visa Sponsorship

The J-1 alien physician visa sponsored by ECFMG is the preferred visa status for foreign national trainees in all UMN graduate medical education programs; therefore, the Department of Psychiatry sponsors only J-1 visas. We do not sponsor H-1B visas.

More information on the J-1 visa can be found on the UMN-GME webpage: International Medical Graduates & Visas.