How to Apply

Applications are only accepted through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS), and all applicants must also register with the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

We accept applications from September 15 through December 1. Selected candidates will be invited to interview.

A complete Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS) application includes:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Medical school transcript
  • USMLE or COMLEX transcript
  • Dean's letter of recommendation
  • Three letters of recommendation from clinical faculty
  • One page personal statement
  • Photo (optional)

Application Materials and Deadline

A complete Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS) application includes:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Medical school transcript
  • USMLE or COMLEX transcript
  • Dean's letter of recommendation
  • Three letters of recommendation from clinical faculty
  • One page personal statement
  • Photo (optional)

Deadline

Applications must be received by December 1.

Applicants will be invited for interviews following the review of completed applications. Interviews are conducted October through December.

Eligibility

US Allopathic Medical School Graduates

  • Has passed USMLE Step 1.
  • Application via the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS) including:
    • A minimum of three letters of recommendation (letters from psychiatry supervisors are preferable if possible);
    • Dean’s letter;
    • Medical school transcript verifying appropriate medical education to train in a large teaching hospital;
    • Personal statement (there are no specific requirements for the personal statement but in general it should explain why you are interested in a psychiatry residency and justify why you would be a good candidate); and
    • Photograph.
    • We do not require a “Chairman’s Letter.”

US Osteopathic Medical School Graduates

  • Has passed COMLEX Step 1.
  • Application via the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS) including:
    • A minimum of three letters of recommendation (letters from psychiatry supervisors are preferable if possible);
    • Dean’s letter;
    • Medical school transcript verifying appropriate medical education to train in a large teaching hospital;
    • Personal statement (there are no specific requirements for the personal statement but in general it should explain why you are interested in a psychiatry residency and justify why you would be a good candidate); and
    • Photograph.
    • We do not require a “Chairman’s Letter.”

International Medical School Graduates

  • Has passed USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Skills Exam.
  • Appropriate medical education to train in a large US teaching hospital.
  • Previous psychiatry residency experiences, observership or clinical experience in the US is strongly preferred.
  • Previous degree in US, (i.e. MPH) is also desirable.
  • Application via the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS) including:
    • A minimum of three letters of recommendation (letters from psychiatry supervisors are preferable if possible);
    • Dean’s letter;
    • Medical school transcript verifying appropriate medical education to train in a large teaching hospital;
    • Personal statement (there are no specific requirements for the personal statement but in general it should explain why you are interested in a psychiatry residency and justify why you would be a good candidate); and
    • Photograph.
    • We do not require a “Chairman’s Letter.”
  • US citizenship, green card, or a J-1 Visa are preferred. H1 visas may be considered on a case by case basis.

Couples Match

We encourage couples match applications and will make every attempt to streamline interview dates and times for both applications. More information on couples matching can be found on the National Resident Matching Program website.

The Interview

What to Expect

We will interview about 90 candidates for seven categorical psychiatry positions beginning in October through December. Orientation for all new residents begins June 24, so you must be available for that start date and be licensed in Iowa by June 30.

What should I expect the night before my interview?

We will provide one night's stay at the Graduate Iowa City. We will meet you in the hotel lobby for dinner with current residents and spouses/significant others. Dress is informal. Casual attire-no tie or suit needed-but remember to wear a winter coat.

This get-together is an opportunity for you to meet us, your potential future colleagues, and we are here to answer your questions. Don’t be shy about asking about the things that are on your mind.

What should I expect on the interview day?

We will meet you at 7:45 a.m. in the main entrance of the hospital. We suggest business attire for your interview day.

The typical interview day includes:

  • An overview of the program with the chief resident
  • A welcome session from the chair of the department
  • Interviews with the program director, the associate program director, and two faculty members
  • Lunch with the residents
  • A tour of the facilities

The interview day typically concludes around 2:45 p.m.