Application Information

We are glad you are interested in applying to our program and welcome your application!

The Idaho Advanced Clinician Track accepts residents at both the PGY-1 and the PGY-2 level.  For application procedures and a checklist of required application materials, please also see the PGY-1 and PGY-2 Application section of the UW Psychiatry Residency Website.

Residents in the Idaho Track spend their PGY-1 and PGY-2 years in Seattle, and their PGY-3 and PGY-4 years in Idaho.  Thus, applicants to the Idaho Track interview in both Boise and Seattle.

*Please note that the Idaho Track is a separate residency program with a separate Match number and individualized curriculum.

Supplemental Application Materials

Application materials which will not be transmitted through ERAS can be mailed to:

Psychiatry Residency Training Program
University of Washington Medical Center
Box 356560
1959 NE Pacific Street
Seattle, WA 98195-6560

For additional information, please contact us by phone at (206) 543-6577 or by email at [email protected].

PGY-1 Applicants

All PGY-1 positions are filled through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and applications are accepted only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).  The deadline for application and letters of reference is October 1st of the year prior to the starting year.  Applications received after this will be considered on a very limited, case-by-case basis.

Applications are screened and Boise, ID interviews are generally scheduled for full days on Wednesdays from late October through January.  The interview day offers the applicant the opportunity to meet with several faculty and residents and to visit various clinical sites.

PGY-1 applicants may apply to any combination of University of Washington tracks. These tracks are separate residency programs, with different match numbers and curricula.  Decisions regarding interview invitations are made separately for each track.

The NRMP requires that residency programs provide applicants with the agreement that they would need to sign upon matching with the program.  Please click to view the University of Washington Resident Position Appointment. Idaho-based residents have the same contracts and benefits as their Seattle counterparts, falling under the purview of the same collective bargaining agreement.

Application Checklist for the PGY-1 Applicant

  • ERAS Common Application Form (MyERAS Application)
  • A one to two page narrative statement which includes your reasons for choosing psychiatry as a specialty.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation from faculty or professional staff at your medical school or hospitals where you have worked, including at least one letter from a psychiatrist.
  • Official medical or osteopathic school transcript
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE or Dean’s Letter)
  • USMLE or COMLEX scores

PGY-2 Applicants

PGY-2 positions are filled on a rolling admissions basis. Applications are accepted only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).  The deadline for application and letters of reference is December 31st of the year prior to the starting year.  Applications received after this will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Applications are screened and Boise, ID interviews are generally scheduled for full days on Wednesdays from late October through January (Seattle-based interviews are generally full days on Mondays and Tuesdays).  The interview day offers the applicant the opportunity to meet with several faculty and residents and to visit various clinical sites.

PGY-2 applicants may apply to any combination of University of Washington tracks. These tracks are separate residency programs, with different match numbers and curricula.  Decisions regarding interview invitations are made separately for each track.

The NRMP requires that residency programs provide applicants with the agreement that they would need to sign upon matching with the program.  Please click to view the University of Washington Resident Position Appointment. Idaho-based residents have the same contracts and benefits as their Seattle counterparts, falling under the purview of the same collective bargaining agreement.

Prior training requirements for PGY-2 Applicants

  • Completion of one clinical year of accredited, broad-based training in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, or Pediatrics in the United States;
  • OR an ACGME-accredited transitional year;
  • OR one year of an ACGME-accredited residency in a clinical specialty requiring comprehensive and continuous patient care.

Application Checklist for the PGY-2 Applicant

  • ERAS Common Application Form
  • A one to two page narrative statement which includes your reasons for choosing psychiatry as a specialty.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation from faculty or professional staff at your medical school or hospitals where you have worked.  Letters should be addressed to Suzanne Murray, M.D., Director, Residency Training Program, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
  • Official medical or osteopathic school transcript
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE or Dean’s Letter)
  • USMLE or COMLEX scores
  • A statement from the training director of each previous training program.  This statement must specify the clinical and didactic experiences for which you will be given credit and an evaluation of your performance and professional integrity.

International Medical Graduates

The University of Washington Psychiatry Residency Program accepts applications from international medical graduates.

In general, a strong IMG candidate application will include

  1. 6-8 weeks of clinical experience comparable to a US or Canadian medical student rotation that is beyond a research, observer, or volunteer level in family medicine, internal medicine or pediatrics, and
  2. Letters from medical supervisors from the US