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Application Information

We are glad that you are interested in our residency training program, and we welcome your application!  Please review the instructions and checklists associated with the positions for which you plan to apply. 

Please email any questions about your application, as well as any application materials which will not be transmitted through ERAS to  psychres@uw.edu

COVID-19 AND APPLYING TO THE UW PSYCHIATRY RESIDENCY TRAINING PROGRAM

The University of Washington is committed to ensuring the safety of residents and applicants during the Coronavirus Pandemic. The Psychiatry Residency Training Program has been closely monitoring this often rapidly changing crisis, and we continue to modify our operations in compliance with the best guidance from the CDC, the WHO, and the AAMC.

To learn more about how UW Medicine and the office of Graduate Medical Education are responding to the crisis, you can view our publicly available Zoom Town Halls at: https://education.uwmedicine.org/covid-19-uw-medicine-town-hall/

ERAS will be open for submission of residency applications on September 1st, 2020. To accommodate for the changes due to COVID-19, the ERAS application deadline has been extended and UW Psychiatry will begin reviewing your applications on October 21st, 2020. For more information about the application timeline, and to stay up-to-date with the changes in ERAS, please visit: https://students-residents.aamc.org/applying-residency/article/eras-timeline-md-residency/

 Like other programs across the country, we will not be accepting medical students for away rotations at our sites and our residency interview season this year will be all-virtual. We understand that this may pose specific concerns for some applicants, and anyone with questions should feel free to reach out to our Chief Resident for Recruitment, AJ Kulangara, at ajk314@uw.edu.

PGY-1 Applicants

All PGY-1 positions are filled through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and applications are accepted only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).  The deadline for application and letters of reference is October 16th of the year prior to the starting year.  Applications received after this will be considered on a very limited, case-by-case basis.

Applications are screened and interviews are generally scheduled for full days on Mondays and Tuesdays, from late October through January.   An interview day offers the applicant the opportunity to meet with several faculty and residents and to visit various clinical sites.

PGY-1 applicants may apply to our Seattle Track, Montana Track, Research Track, or any combination of tracks. These tracks are separate residency programs, with different match numbers and curricula.  Decisions regarding interview invitations are made separately for each track.

The NRMP requires that residency programs provide applicants with the agreement that they would need to sign upon matching with the program.  Please click to view the University of Washington Resident Position Appointment.

Application Checklist for the PGY-1 Applicant

  • ERAS Common Application Form (MyERAS Application)
  • A one to two page narrative statement which includes your reasons for choosing psychiatry as a specialty.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation from faculty or professional staff at your medical school or hospitals where you have worked, including at least one letter from a psychiatrist.
  • Official medical or osteopathic school transcript
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE or Dean’s Letter)
  • USMLE or COMLEX scores
  • Supplemental Questionnaire via Catalyst survey (Due by 10/26/2020)

PGY-2 Applicants

PGY-2 positions are filled on a rolling admissions basis. This year, applications are accepted either through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) or e-mail the application form and supporting materials to aswong@uw.edu. The deadline for application and letters of reference is December 31st of the year prior to the starting year. Applications received after this will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Applications are screened and interviews are generally scheduled for full days on Mondays and Tuesdays, from late October through January. An interview day offers the applicant the opportunity to meet with several faculty and residents and to visit various clinical sites.

PGY-2 slots are only offered for the Seattle Track.

The NRMP requires that residency programs provide applicants with the agreement that they would need to sign upon matching with the program. Please click to view the University of Washington Resident Position Appointment.

Prior training requirements for PGY-2 Applicants

  • Completion of one clinical year of accredited, broad-based training in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, or Pediatrics in the United States;
  • OR an ACGME-accredited transitional year;
  • OR one year of an ACGME-accredited residency in a clinical specialty requiring comprehensive and continuous patient care.

Application Checklist for the PGY-2 Applicant

  • ERAS Common Application Form
  • A one to two page personal statement which includes your reasons for choosing psychiatry as a specialty.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation from faculty or professional staff at your medical school or hospitals where you have worked. Letters should be addressed to Suzanne Murray, M.D., Director, Residency Training Program, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
  • Official medical or osteopathic school transcript
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE or Dean's Letter)
  • USMLE or COMLEX scores
  • A statement from the training director of each previous training program. This statement must specify the clinical and didactic experiences for which you will be given credit and an evaluation of your performance and professional integrity.

International Medical Graduates

The University of Washington Psychiatry Residency Program accepts applications from international medical graduates.

In general, a strong IMG candidate application will include

  1. 6-8 weeks of clinical experience comparable to a US or Canadian medical student rotation that is beyond a research, observer, or volunteer level in family medicine, internal medicine or pediatrics, and
  2. Letters from medical supervisors from the US
  3. Eligible for either J1 or H1-B visas

 

 

 

 

 

Applicants to the Montana Regional Track

The Montana Track at Billings Clinic trains psychiatrists to practice in smaller communities, providing consultation to primary care providers. This track accepts residents at the PGY-1 level. For application procedures, and a checklist of required application materials, please see the PGY-1 Applicants’ section.

Residents in the Montana Track spend their PGY-1 and PGY-2 years in Seattle, and their PGY-3 and PGY-4 years in Montana. Thus, applicants to the Montana Track interview in both Billings and Seattle.

Please note that the Montana Track is a separate residency program with a separate Match number and a specific, individualized curriculum.


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