Psychiatry Residency FAQ

Q. How can I apply to your program?

A: We accept applications through the ERAS program. We do not offer any positions outside of the NRMP match. 

Q. Are there moonlighting opportunities available?

A. Yes, PGY-4 residents who are in good academic standing as defined by the program are eligible to moonlight with the permission of the program director.

What is the cut off point for year of graduation from medical school?

A. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, regardless of year of graduation from medical school. We have had residents that have excelled coming from other specialties. However, large gaps in your medical training are problematic.

Q. What other documents would be required?

    • The application package must contain: 
      • A Dean's letter
      • Medical school transcript
      • National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) transcript (USMLE Steps 1, 2 and 3, if available)
      • Personal statement
      • Curriculum vitae
      • 3 letters of recommendation

Q. Do you accept applications from foreign medical graduates?

A. We accept applications from all qualified US and International graduates.

Q. What visas do you support?

A. We sponsor both J1 and H1B visas.

Q. What EMR do you use?

A. We use EPIC for all of our medical records.

Q. What is it like to live in Cleveland?

A. Cleveland is a great city to live in, having the pros of living in big metropolitan area with few cons. There are plenty of restaurants, parks, museums, festivals, and things to do around the city whether you are single or will be arriving with a family. Cleveland is especially beautiful in the summer. Cost of living is very reasonable, traffic isn’t something we worry about. For more information, see Living in Cleveland.

Q. How is the call schedule?

A. Residents have overnight calls during their PGY-2 and PGY-3 years. On average, residents have 3-4 overnight calls per month.

Q. How many CME days do residents receive?

A. Residents receive five CME days per year. Residents are provided $500 per year for educational purposes including conferences, books, medical equipment, etc.

Q. Do residents have an opportunity to teach in this program?

A. Yes. We strongly believe that teaching is an excellent tool for learning. All residents are encouraged to support and teach their colleagues, faculty, and medical students.  Residents have the opportunity to teach CWRU, NEOMED and Ohio University medical students who rotate on the units during their 3rd and 4th year electives.

Q. Is there a cut-off score for application?

A. There is no cut-off score for application. To be ranked, applicants must have passing grades for Steps 1 and 2 of the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE). IMG applicants must be ECFMG certified to qualify for an interview. Although no specific minimum passing score is required, applicants must submit their performance profiles of the USMLE for review, and scores, as well as number of attempts, are considered in ranking.

Q. Where do residents go for their fellowships?

A. About two-thirds of our graduates continue on to pursuing fellowships. We are proud to share that our residents have been successful in obtaining excellent fellowship programs of their choice including Yale University and Cleveland Clinic. Geriatric Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent and have been especially popular with our graduates, who have competed well for their preferred fellowships.

Q. Do you have telepsychiatry opportunities in your program?

A. We have been well versed with providing telepsychiatry services at three satellite emergency departments here. We have been intensely providing telehealth services in our outpatient clinics especially since March 2020 due to COVID.