Psychiatry Resident Program Application Requirements

Thank you for your interest in the Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry residency training program in Springfield, Illinois.

  1. Applications must be received in ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service) by October 15th of each year.

  2. Interviews are generally scheduled on Fridays from November through January. Interviews last the entire day to allow candidates the opportunity to meet with a number of faculty and residents and to visit an inpatient location.

  3. Final selection decisions are made by the Psychiatry Residency Admissions Committee (PRAC).

  4. Preference will be given to applicants who have graduated from accredited national or international medical schools within the past five years. However, if your graduation has not been within the last five years but you have post-graduate training in psychiatry, your application may still be considered.

  5. All documents must be uploaded through ERAS.

  6. Three letters of recommendation from physicians (at least two of which must be from a psychiatrist with whom you have worked clinically).  Med students who are currently in an allopathic medical school need to have three letters, but only one letter must be from a psychiatrist they have worked with clinically.

  7. Dean's letter

  8. Transcript

  9. Preference is that Step 1, both parts of Step 2, and Step 3 (if have already taken), be passed within the first two attempts.

  10. Passing Step 3 is preferred, but not required.

  11. United States clinical experience in psychiatry is preferred, but not required.  If you have no United States clinical experience, previous postgraduate training in psychiatry is preferred, but not required.

  12. Foreign citizens, who wish to enter the United States for postgraduate training, must comply with United States immigration laws in addition to following the application procedures described above. Foreign medical school graduates should contact the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 215-386-5900) for details concerning their requirements. We do not sponsor H-1B visas.

  13. A strong command of the English language is a prerequisite.

Positions Offered
Six categorical positions are offered each year.


Information on benefits and stipends can be found on the Office of Graduate Medical Education website.  Please see the GME Video for prospective candidates to the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine residency programs.

Combined Programs
The Department of Psychiatry in combination with the Department of Internal Medicine offers an accredited five-year program in Medicine-Psychiatry. For more information, contact the Medicine-Psychiatry Residency Office at (217) 545-7644.

For further information on qualifications to apply, please see the Office of Graduate Medical Education website.