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FAQ

How many positions do you have available?

We offer 6 PGY1 positions.

How many letters of recommendation are required?

We require three letters of recommendation. At least one letter needs to be from an attending psychiatrist.

Do you accept applications outside the Match system?

No, all our PGY1 positions will be filled through the National Residency Matching Program “NRMP”.

The ERAS application asks me to include a personal statement. What type of information should I include and how long should it be?

The personal statement should be approximately 500 words in length. This is an opportunity for you to tell us about yourself. It would also be helpful to describe your reasons for choosing the field of psychiatry.

Is there a deadline for submitting applications?

Yes, November 15, 2018. We begin reviewing applications in September and interview applicants from October through January. We do not interview during the weeks of November 19, December 24 and 31.

Do you have openings for residents beyond the first year?

Occasionally, we may have openings for more advanced positions starting in 2020, but not for 2019. Please contact us for more information.

Do you have a board score requirement?

No, all applications are reviewed independently.

How do I sign up for a psychiatry elective?

Medical students interested in our Sub-internship should apply through Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS).

Does your program review applications from individuals who have completed a prior residency?

Yes.

When does outpatient psychiatry and psychotherapy training begin?

Outpatient psychiatry training begins in PGY1 with the crisis clinic. Residents conduct initial evaluations and provide medication management and brief supportive psychotherapy for outpatients. Residents begin formal cognitive behavioral psychotherapy training in PGY2 consisting of weekly one-hour therapy sessions and one-hour weekly supervision during their two-month Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Rotation.

How diverse is the patient population?

Very diverse. We serve patients with Medi-Cal (Medicaid), Medicare and Kaiser Health Insurance. Oakland is one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse cities in America with more than 125 languages and dialects spoken. In addition, Alameda County has one of the largest immigrant and LGBTQI populations in the United States. We have a large catchment area (of 340,000 members) and thus serve patients from a wide variety of backgrounds.

Is moonlighting allowed?

Yes. Residents may apply to moonlight in their 3rd and 4th years if they are in good academic standing.

What is the Call Frequency?

Residents will be on call approximately two weekends in the PGY1 and PGY3 years and 6-7 weekends in PGY2 year. There is no night float.

Is there a cut-off score for the USMLE exams?

We require that you pass all the steps of the USMLE that you have taken.

How do I apply as an International Medical Graduate?

Applications are accepted through ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates). In addition to the minimum requirements for medical residency applicants, international students are required to submit:

The ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates) has an excellent FAQ that describes the entire application process for both American/Canadian graduates and foreign medical graduates.

Is the East Bay a nice place to live?

The East Bay is one of the most desirable places to live in the world due to its cultural and ethnic diversity, healthy economy, temperate climate, and proximity to San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley. The Bay Area offers a wide range of world-class restaurants, performing arts, museums and college and professional sporting events. There is a highly active food scene in the East Bay and chefs have access to world class produce. Access to outdoor recreation is available through the regional park system and Lake Tahoe is just a 3-hour drive away. Public buses and the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) are inexpensive and convenient ways to get around without driving.

Do you require clinical experience in the US?

Yes, we require supervised clinical experience of at least one month in the United States along with reference letters from the site supervisors. Although it is preferable, we do not require that the experience be in psychiatry.

How do I apply to your residency training program?

We accept applications through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS). We do not accept paper applications.

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