The Application Process
We are delighted that you are interested in applying to the Brown University General Psychiatry Residency Training Program. We participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) exclusively. Applications for PGY-1 positions are accepted only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). We do not accept paper applications or documents directly. If you are not familiar with the ERAS process, please contact your Dean's office or ECFMG. Applications for PGY-1 positions will be accepted through ERAS beginning September 15, 2012. Please contact us directly at Psychiatry_Residency@brown.edu with any comments or questions.
Applicants to the Brown Psychiatry Residency Program from the United States or Canada must have graduated from an ACGME-approved medical school listed under "accredited programs" at the ACGME website. If you are a graduate of an international medical school please review requirements below. We generally do NOT interview applicants who have been out of medical school or medical practice for more than five years.
In addition to the General Psychiatry Residency, Brown offers other unique training experiences. Three positions per year are available in the Triple Board Combined Pediatrics-General Adult Psychiatry-Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency. Additionally one position per year is available for the combined Neurology-Psychiatry Residency.
Best wishes during your interview season.
Jane Eisen, MD .........................Robert Boland, MD
Program Director ...................... Associate Program Director
PREPARING YOUR APPLICATION:
Your medical school advisor should be able to guide you in preparing your application. There is a good summary of the application process on the APA web site as part of their Residency Experience Guide.
A completed application includes:
- A completed electronic ERAS common application form, which can be found at (ERAS)
- Personal statement
- Official transcript sent from your medical school
- Passing board scores on USMLE Step 1, first attempt preferred (applicants with multiple fails generally are not offered an interview). Higher scores are obviously more competitive.
- Passing scores on COMLEX exam, along with passing scores on the USMLE Step 1..
- Three (3) letters of recommendation, including one from a psychiatrist familiar with your work.
- Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) will be sent from Dean’s Office via ERAS on or after October 1st. Please confirm this with your school.
Deadline: We have a rolling application process and continue to review applications until all of our interview slots have been filled. You should apply as soon as you decide to interview at Brown.
If you have any questions about the program, application process, or about your application status, please email our Program Coordinator, or call her at (401) 455-6375.
Application Requirements for International/Foreign Medical Graduates:
Graduates of foreign medical schools who meet current federal regulations concerning post-graduate education of foreign trained physicians are also considered. Applicants must be eligible for a limited license to practice medicine in Rhode Island. If you are an International (Foreign) Medical Graduate, in addition to documents listed above, your application must include:
- A copy of your ECFMG certification
- Copies of all ECFMG/FMGEMS/FLEX scores
- At least one letter of recommendation originating from the USA
- The program/hospital accepts only J1 visas
- Psychiatric clinical experience in the United States is required, although an extended course of psychiatric research experience may also be considered.
THE INTERVIEW SEASON:
The ERAS postoffice does not open until September 15th. As soon as it opens, we begin reviewing applications, selecting applicants and offering interviews in late September for November interview slots. We continue to offer interviews through mid-January. Interviews are by invitation only and are a prerequisite for matching to our program. If we are able to offer you an interview, you will be contacted through EMAIL. We will do our best to accommodate your schedule in arranging an interview. The earlier we receive your ERAS application the more likely we will be able to offer you an interview slot of your choice.
During the interview day, applicants receive presentations on the program, have an opportunity to talk with several faculty members and residents, and tour various training sites. The mornings consist of overviews of the program from the Chief Residents, the Training Directors, the Directors of Research and Psychotherapy, and the Clinical Director. After lunch with our residents your afternoon consists of a series of interviews with both faculty and residents.
We are pleased to offer two interview days (Nov. 15 and Dec. 12) with a focus on research opportunities during residency, which will also include an overview of the program. The residency program also hosts an applicant dinner the evening prior toall interview days where you will be able to meet and mingle with a few residents in a casual setting.
Interviews Dates for the 2012-2013 Season:
November 1, 8, 14, 15, 28, 29
December 6, 12, 13, 19, 20
January 3, 9, 10, 16, 17
The selection process at Brown conforms to procedures adopted by the National Residency Matching Program.