Application Instructions Residency in General Psychiatry

Thank you for your interest in training at Johns Hopkins. There are several psychiatry training programs you may be interested in or eligible to apply for. Please read the following carefully to make sure you understand which programs to select within ERAS, so that your application comes to the attention of the appropriate program staff.

There are three ways to enter training in general psychiatry at Johns Hopkins. All require completing an ERAS application. Mailed applications will not be accepted.

ERAS application

Main Residency Match (Categorical Match)

If you are interested in general psychiatry training and are a 4th year medical student or a physician with prior non-ACGME-accredited training, you should apply to our categorical psychiatry program (program code 1242400C0).

Pediatrics Preliminary Year Program

The Pediatrics Preliminary Year program offers a 12-month internship in the department of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Hospital. There is one position available in the Match. Rotation experiences include ward pediatric medicine, intensive care (PICU), adult neurology and child neurology. Following internship, residents transition to general psychiatry training for their PGY2 and PGY3 years. They may choose to complete a PGY4 year in general psychiatry, transition to child psychiatry at Johns Hopkins, or apply elsewhere to child and adolescent psychiatry fellowships.

If you are interested in our pediatrics preliminary year position, use the program code 1242400C1. Please note that this program is not a triple-board program: it provides a pediatrics intern year experience but does not result in board eligibility in pediatrics. There is no separate child psychiatry application for applicants to this program.

If selected for an interview, applicants to this position interview on separate days for the pediatrics and psychiatry components of training; the psychiatry interview day includes faculty and/or residents from both the general and child and adolescent programs. The three programs coordinate decision-making about interviews, so that if you are offered an interview for the pediatrics preliminary program, you will be offered a general psychiatry interview.

Please note that you may apply to both the general psychiatry and the pediatrics preliminary position programs, and most applicants to the latter apply to the former as well, since there is only one available pediatrics preliminary position. Please select both program numbers (1242400C0 and 1242400C1) if you wish to apply to general psychiatry and the pediatrics preliminary prpogram.

PGY-2 Positions

If you have at least 12 full months of prior, ACGME-accredited residency training experience and you wish to be considered for a PGY-2 position in the general psychiatry program, please use program code 1242400C0. If you have fewer than 12 months of credit, or your residency was not accredited by the ACGME, you will need to apply to the general psychiatry program (program code 1242400C0). Because there is no clear way within ERAS to designate that you are applying specifically for a PGY2 position, please contact us by email to let us know you are interested in a PGY2 position.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?
All applications, including PGY-2, are submitted through ERAS. We do not accept mailed applications.

What is the program application deadline? When do you hold interviews?
There are no application deadlines, as we review applications throughout the interview season. Interviews are by invitation only. Please note that our interview openings are limited and tend to fill up quickly.

It is recommended that PGY-2 applicants complete their application as soon as possible. These positions are not part of the match and are filled on a rolling basis. In the past, PGY-2 positions tend to be filled by mid-December.

What are your application requirements/criteria?

  • Application (submitted through ERAS)
  • Personal Statement
  • Transcripts
  • Photograph
  • Letter of recommendation from the dean
  • Letters of recommendation (minimum of three)
  • United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) transcript of scores (if applicable)
  • ECFMG certification and COMLEX (if applicable)
  • Curriculum Vitae

What are the required minimum USMLE scores?
There are no specific cut off scores for qualifying examinations.

What are the maximum number of attempts accepted for the USMLE examinations?
We do not have a requirement for the maximum number of attempts; however, multiple attempts for USMLE Step 1, 2 or 3 decrease the likelihood of being invited for an interview.

Can I apply if my Step 2 score is not yet available?
Yes, you may still apply if your Step 2 score is still pending; however, please submit it as soon as it is available.

Does your program have a cut-off year since graduation from medical school?

Does your program sponsor J1 visas?
Johns Hopkins recommends sponsorship of J-1 visas by the ECFMG or IMG applicants who are accepted into our residency.

Do you require clinical experience in the Unites States?
No, we do not require applicants to have clinical experience in the United States; however, applicants without such experience will be at a disadvantage.

Do you currently have any IMGs in your program?

Does your department offer observerships/externships?
We are unable to provide externship experiences and only rarely are observers approved. Observers are approved by our office only if a faculty sponsor within our department applies to have an observer. We cannot supply a list of faculty for such experiences.


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The Residency Program in General Psychiatry of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is accredited by the Residency Review Committee for Psychiatry to provide four years of training.