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FAQ

How many positions do you have available?

We offer 6 PGY1 positions.

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. Visit How to Apply for more information.

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.

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

Yes.

When does outpatient psychiatry and psychotherapy training begin?

During PGY-2, training begins in outpatient psychiatry and includes addiction psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry rotations, continuity clinic, initial evaluations, medication management, brief supportive psychotherapy for outpatients, and formal cognitive behavioral psychotherapy training.

How diverse is the patient population?

Very diverse. Our patients are our neighbors and come from a diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. We serve patients with Medi-Cal (Medicaid), Medicare, and Kaiser Health Insurance and our medical center currently has a catchment of about 245,000 patients.

Is moonlighting allowed?

Moonlighted may be approved by the program director for PGY-3 and PGY-4 residents as long academic and professional requirements are met.

What is the Call Frequency?

Residents may be on evening shifts 2-3 times a month in PGY-1 and PGY-2. Senior residents will take call on weekends every about every 6-8 weeks. There is no overnight call and 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 San Jose a nice place to live?

San Jose is the capitol of Silicon Valley and is diverse, innovative, and a great place to live. It has a vibrant downtown area, the restaurant scene is on the map, and San Jose boasts a host of hiking and biking trails, with surfing and skiing nearby. Santa Cruz, Tahoe, and the vineyards are just short jaunts. It’s a short commute to San Fransisco and the East Bay (Oakland. The weather is great (sunny 300 days of the year) and the diverse population, the cultural and tech establishment provides something for everyone. San Jose is listed as one of the cites on the “best place to live” an “healthiest cities in America.”

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.

How do i sign up for a psychiatry elective at KP San Jose?

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

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