Psychiatry Residency: Application Requirements

Applications Due December 1


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  • Medical school transcripts
  • Dean's letter
  • Minimum of three letters of recommendation, at least one, but preferably two, from psychiatrists
  • USMLE Step 1
  • Personal statement - Applicants are encouraged to state specific interests in the Hennepin-Regions Psychiatry Training Program

Applications received after December 1 will be reviewed only if interview times are available. We recommend submitting your application as early as possible, even if some details are incomplete.

Non-resident applicants are welcome to apply. We accept ECFMG sponsored J1 Visas.


Submission: Submit your application through the Electronic Resident Application System (ERAS). Contact your medical school’s student affairs or dean’s office for instructions. We do not accept applications through the mail. HCMC participates in the National Resident Match Program (NRMP).

Scoring: Our program requires a pass of USMLE steps I and II by the second attempt. We also accept COMLEX scores following the same criteria. Although we do not require your USMLE Step II CK and CS at the time of interview, we highly recommend arranging your testing schedule such that passing scores are reported before February 1.

We give priority to recent medical school graduates, with a degree granted within the last five years. We consider applicants with psychiatry experience in the U.S. and/or other countries.

Each applicant will be scored based on these criteria:

  • Board scores
  • Letters of recommendation, preferably at least two from psychiatrists
  • Personal statement
  • Medical school transcripts
  • Dean’s letter
  • Research
  • Honors and accomplishments
  • Demonstrated commitment to the field of psychiatry

We require that residents pass USMLE Step 3 by February 15 of the PGY-2 year. Failure to do so will result in non-renewal of the resident contract.

Neither hospital sponsors psychiatry observerships, shadowing or externships.

Interviews: Selected applicants will be invited for interviews.

We will notify selected candidates by email.