Residency Policies & Procedures
IV. SELECTION AND ADMISSION PROCEDURES
Through its Selection and Admissions procedures, the University of Washington
Psychiatry Residency Program aims to select residents with strong academic
records, who have the potential to become superior psychiatrists, and
who show promise of making significant contributions to the field.
Residents may enter the program at the PGY-1 or the PGY-2 level. Residents
entering at the PGY-1 level complete the four-year program. Those entering
as PGY-2s complete the three-year program and must previously have successfully
completed an ACGME-accredited PGY-1 year in Psychiatry, Medicine, Family
Medicine, or Pediatrics; or an ACGME-accredited Transitional PGY-1 year;
or one year of an ACGME-accredited residency in a clinical specialty requiring
comprehensive and continuous patient care. A total of four years (48 months)
of approved training is required to be eligible for certification by the
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Candidates for PGY-1 positions must apply through the Electronic Residency
Application Service (ERAS). All of our PGY-1 positions are filled through
the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). PGY-2 positions are filled
outside the Match on a rolling admissions basis throughout the year, until
all positions are filled.
The selection process is personally supervised by the Residency Training
Director on an ongoing basis. After a preliminary review by the Program
Coordinator to ensure that application files are complete, the Residency
Training Director makes decisions regarding invitations for interviews,
on the basis of the policies described below. Final decisions regarding
admission and ranking of candidates are made by the Admissions Committee.
The Admissions Committee is a subcommittee of the Resident Education
Steering Committee (RESC), to which it reports. The Admissions Committee
is chaired by the Residency Training Director and consists of: a) the
Residency Training Director; b) five other regular faculty members of
the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; c) six senior residents;
and d) the Program Coordinator (non-voting).
Step 1: Response to Requests for Information
- All physicians and medical students requesting information about the
program are referred to the Psychiatry Residency Training Program recruitment
- The recruitment website is intended to provide comprehensive and accurate
information about the program and is regularly reviewed. Major changes
in the content of the website require approval of the RESC.
- Further specific information about the program is furnished to candidates
with special interests or circumstances by the Program Coordinator or
Program Director upon request.
Step 2: Selecting Candidates for Interviews
Step 3: Interviews
- Applications are reviewed by the Program Coordinator and Program
Director for: a) completeness; b) licensing and/or USMLE information;
c) special experiences and training (e.g. research, special rotations/externships,
community service, work experiences); d) strong grades and/or letters
of recommendation. Applications from physicians and medical students
trained outside the United States are also reviewed for: a) ECFMG certification;
b) VISA or citizenship status; c) the quality of the training completed;
and d) command of the English language. If the review indicates that
the applicant is competitive, he or she becomes part of the pool of
candidates for selection for interviews.
- Decisions to invite candidates for an interview day are made by the
Residency Training Director on the basis of academic performance (e.g.
grades, prior training, USMLE scores), interpersonal skills (e.g. as
evidenced in letters of recommendation), promise for Psychiatry (e.g.
as demonstrated in performance on Psychiatry rotations, in letters of
recommendation, in the personal statement, and through relevant extracurricular
activities), special experiences (e.g. research, leadership activities,
community service), and other factors representing a good "match" with
our program (e.g. interest in practicing within the WWAMI region, in
underserved populations, in pursuing an academic career, etc.). The
program seeks to recruit a diverse and talented group of residents with
a variety of interests and with the potential to be clinical, community,
and research leaders in our field.
- If an applicant has been told that his or her application does not
appear to be competitive but nevertheless requests to be interviewed,
this request will be granted.
Step 4: Admission/Ranking
- Each applicant is interviewed by at least three faculty members and
- Each interviewer rates the applicant in terms of: a) general acceptability
and b) academic, clinical, and psychological potential, and submits
written comments to the Residency Training Office.
- All candidates who have been interviewed are presented to the Admissions
Committee. For each applicant, the application package and interview
reports are reviewed in depth and presented to the whole Committee by
two committee members. The whole Committee then reviews the application
and interview reports and discusses the candidate.
- For PGY-2 applicants, the Committee then votes to offer the candidate
a position, to wait to review other applications before making a final
decision, or not to offer the candidate a position. PGY-2 positions
are filled on a rolling admissions basis until all spots are filled.
At that time, all remaining PGY-2 candidates are informed that all of
the positions have been filled.
- For PGY-1 candidates, the Committee ranks each applicant. The Committee
decides which applicants will be listed on the program's NRMP Rank list
and in which order. Special consideration is given to target exceptional
candidates interested in research, in Child Psychiatry, or in public/community
psychiatry for recruitment. The program does not offer positions and
does not make any binding commitments to PGY-1 candidates before the
results of the Match are known.
- During the selection process, the Admissions Committee can request
the Residency Training Office to obtain additional information about
a candidate or to invite a candidate for a second series of interviews
before coming to a decision about offering the candidate a position
or before ranking them for the Match.
(Revised August 2, 2002)