Psychiatry Residency

This page contains condensed and important information and links to essential books required for a successful match. Please read carefully.

How many years is psychiatry residency?

Psychiatry residency is a 4 years program, including a prelim year.


What are the average scores for AMGs and IMGs who match in Psychiatry residency?

The average scores for AMGs who matched in Psychiatry in USMLE step 1 and 2 CK are 214 and 225 respectively.

For IMGs who matched in Psychiatry the average scores in USMLE step 1 and 2 CK are 209 and 211 respectively.


What are the match statistics for Psychiatry?

About 60% of positions offered in the match go to AMGs and about 40% of positions go to IMGs. About 96% of AMGs who apply do match and about 43% of IMGs who apply do successfully match.

What should AMGs do to increase their chances to match in Psychiatry?

During your medical school rotations try to schedule your electives mainly in Psychiatry to get touch-base with the attendings so you will get LORs from them later on. Also you need a book to impress the faculty you are interacting with and increase your knowledge at the same time. Most people who match will have the ** Kaplan and Sadock's Synopsis of Psychiatry **. During interviews, at most of them, you will be asked about Psychiatry books you have read, and having the answer ready, as above, will further push your ranking up in the NRMP match.

What should IMGs do to increase their chances in matching in Psychiatry?

Doing observerships and getting US LORs is an important part of your ERAS application where program directors will be looking for such information.

We also strongly recommend that you have the same book as AMGs in your shelf, namely the ** Kaplan and Sadock's Synopsis of Psychiatry ** as above. Applicants are also differentiated based on the knowledge and their interest in the domain they are applying to, so be ready.

Also, IMGs should apply to the same programs where we helped their peers to match in the previous years, these programs are found in many states as described in the below mentioned list. This is the full list of the IMG friendly psychiatry residency programs in pdf form which you can easily download it to your computer or any other device from amazon: Psychiatry IMG Friendly Residency Programs List

I matched already, what should I do to survive Psychiatry residency?

To survive psychiatry residency you will need to get some books which are needed to build up your knowledge and other books to help you pass the inservice and board exams.

These books are traditionally recommended by program directors and widely used by residents, you can find them here:

** Recommended Psychiatry Books **