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The Psychiatry Residency Training Program accepts applications from graduates of medical schools approved by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. We also consider applicants certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates who have completed all necessary requirements for training in the United States.

We only participate in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), and we offer two tracks for nine positions annually: 

  • Categorical (NRMP Program Code: 2247400C0)
    This is the main residency match for PGY-1 applicants.
  • R25-Research Track/PSTP (NRMP Program Code: 2247400C1)
    This is for our R25-funded research track position for residents who have extensive research backgrounds and would like to pursue a career as a clinician-scientist. See our PSTP page for more information on the research track and how to apply.

We base our selection of residents on the content of the Association of American Medical Colleges’ ERAS application as well as interviews with faculty and input from our current residents. On interview days, candidates will meet with three or more faculty members, and meet with individual residents as well as resident groups. The interview day gives the program an opportunity to get to know the candidate in more depth and allows the candidate to get a good "feel" for the program.

Application Details


Applicants must have completed at least four weeks of clinical psychiatry training in medical school.

All PGY-1 appointments are made through the NRMP, 2501 M. St. New, Suite 1, Washington, D.C., 20037-1307, and all medical students, including foreign graduates, are required to participate in this program.

Both USMLE and COMLEX scores are accepted. We do not have minimum USMLE or COMLEX score criteria; you must have taken and passed USMLE and/ or COMLEX exams required for licensure by March 31, 2022. We consider the scores in the context of the rest of the application.

An ECFMG certificate valid at least until July 1 is required for International Medical Graduates applicants. If you are an International Medical Graduate, you may obtain information by visiting the ECFMG website or writing to:

P.O. Box 13467
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3467

All correspondence should be addressed to Brett Lloyd, MD, PhD director of the residency program.

 Application Materials

We will be following the new timeline as recommended by the AAMC.

Please consider this timeline during the application process.

All applicants must submit the following through ERAS and should be completed by Oct. 15th. No faxes or paper applications will be accepted.

  • The universal application form
  • An official copy of your medical school transcript
  • A dean’s letter
  • Three letters of reference
  • A personal statement describing your background, interest in psychiatry, academic interests and non-school interests

After completed applications are reviewed by our admission’s committee, applicants will be notified if interviews will be granted. Applicants selected for interviews will be contacted to schedule a virtual interview day to meet with faculty members and residents. Interviewing begins in October and continues through January.

See our Physician-Scientist Training Program page and the Starzl Academy website for additional information regarding applying to our designated research track.


Stipend information is available at the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University website

The stipend levels for the 2021-22 training year will be as follows: 

  • PGY 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $65,150
  • PGY 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $67,720
  • PGY 3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $70,002
  • PGY 4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $73,955

 Virtual Interviews

We will again be hosting a virtual interview season. If invited to interview, you will receive information related to this process. All interviews will be virtual, even for local candidates, to ensure an equivalent experience for all applicants. Our institution will not be sending out more invitations to interview than interview spots available. We realize that medical student schedules may be demanding, and students may need time to coordinate interview schedules. Applicants will have 72-hours to accept or decline an invitation to interview. We send invitations to interview out at 5:00 PM CDT/CST so that applicants can avoid checking email earlier in the day about interview requests.

For applicants applying to the research track (PSTP), we will have two interview days. The first interview day will be dedicated to the regular residency program and the second day will be dedicated to the research track. The preferred dates for the research track are:

General Interview Date PSTP Interview Date
November 9 November 10
November 30 December 1
December 14 December 15

It may be helpful to review the guidelines as proposed by the AAMC regarding virtual interviews and etiquette.


Contact Us

For more information, contact

mia reed
Mia Reed 
Housestaff Coordinator

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