Applying to the Residency

For the General/Categorical Psychiatry Residency, UCLA participates in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP or “The Match”) and will accept applications only via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). In addition to the General/Categorical Track, we have two additional residency tracks you can apply to: the Research Track and the Community Psychiatry/Harbor Track.

The steps to apply are as follows:

  1. Complete the NRMP match enrollment materials from AAMC
  2. Complete the ERAS application for residencies
  3. Arrange for us to receive:
    • a dean’s letter
    • a transcript of your medical school grades
    • a personal statement
    • scores obtained on the USMLE and/or COMLEX examinations
    • at least three letters of recommendation (at least one from psychiatry is strongly encouraged but not strictly required)

We review applications in October after receipt of the dean’s letters. Outstanding applicants will be invited to come for personal interviews, held on Tuesdays and Thursdays between November and January. You will be contacted via ERAS e-mail regarding your interview status.

The interview day consists of individual interviews with faculty and residents, a program description from the program director, and a virtual tour of the hospital sites. 

Once you are invited for an interview, please specify your choice of dates via ERAS email to Dulce Madrid. You will receive an e-mail confirmation via ERAS. All interviews should be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. If for some reason your plans should change and you are unable to keep your scheduled appointment, please be sure to call to cancel as we usually have a waiting list for our interview dates. 

Please note that only interviewed applicants who have passed USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CS/CK by January 31 will be ranked by the program.  

Requests for further information and all application materials should be directed to:

Dulce Madrid
House Staff Education Coordinator
UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior
Department of Psychiatry, Office of Education
760 Westwood Plaza, Suite B7-357
Los Angeles, CA 90024-1759