2021-2022 Residency Program Message and Criteria

2021-2022 University of Louisville Department of Psychiatry Residency Program Criteria

Applications are considered for a PGY-1 match position through the NRMP and ERAS only, if the following minimum requirements are met:

  1. USMLE Step 1/COMLEX Level 1 = passed by 3rd attempt
  2. USMLE Step 2 CK/COMLEX Level 2 CE = passed by 2nd attempt
  3. USMLE Step 2 CS/COMLEX Level 2 PE = passed on first attempt
  4. Must have taken and passed USMLE Step 1/COMLEX Level 1 in order to apply.  (Your score for USMLE Step 2 CK/COMLEX Level 2 CE must be available and posted in ERAS by February 1, 2021.)
  5. Recommendation letters from at least 3 physicians in the U.S. who have worked with you recently.
  6. Demonstrated interest in psychiatry through work in this or your native country.

Graduation date should be within 10 years (July 1, 2011)

* We sponsor the J-1 Exchange Visitor Medical Trainee Category visa only.
Please check to be sure that you completely understand the requirements for a J-1 visa before applying to our program.


** International Medical Graduates must obtain ECFMG certification by NRMP Match week (2nd/3rd week of March) and must have the actual ECFMG certificate in hand in order to complete the J-1 visa process.


US citizenship or permanent resident status preferred.

The application deadline is October 15, 2021.  Preference given to applications received by September 30, 2021.

Application Procedures

The University of Louisville accepts applications from all graduated of medical schools accredited by the LCME.  In addition, applicants certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates who have completed all necessary requirements for training in the United States will also be considered.

Our general psychiatry program is a participant in the National Resident Matching Program and uses the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS); procedures are in conformity with the guidelines of that program.  All our PGY-1 positions are filled through the Match. Along with your ERAS application, we request your Dean’s letter from your medical school, three letters of recommendation, your medical school transcript, and your personal statement.

Selection of residents is based on the information supplied with the application as well as a day of interviews with our residents and faculty.  The interviews are structured to give the candidate an opportunity to gain further knowledge of our training program and institutional resources.

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    Contact Information

    To contact the Residency Office, please call (502) 588-4865, or email psychres@louisville.edu.


    Anyone interested in advocacy efforts to increase the number of residency positions available may be interested in visiting the site below: https://news.aamc.org/for-the-media/article/gme-funding-doctor-shortage/