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SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Residency Program

How to Apply

The eligibility criteria for the program:

  • Successful completion of training from an ACGME approved medical school
  • Valid ECFMG certificate
  • USMLE 1, 2, CS and CK. Step 3* necessary for H Visa sponsorship/COMLEX 1-2
  • Generally, we interview applicants with scores on Step 1 and Step 2 with 220 and above
  • English proficiency
  • Prior psychiatric experience – preferred but not essential
  • US hospital experience – preferred but not essential
  • We accept International Medical Graduates (IMGs) as well as US medical graduates (USGs). IMG incoming residents may have advanced degrees in psychiatry prior to entering our program.
  • We only review applicants for entrance into residency through the electronic system ERAS.
  • Dean's Letter, Medical School Transcript 

Step 3 must be passed before the end of PGY-2 year in order to remain in the SUNY Downstate Psychiatry Residency Program.



What about Visas?

We sponsor the following Visas:

  • J1 – with valid ECFMG certificate, USMLE 1, 2, CS and CK, and English proficiency

Does the year of medical school graduation matter?

Generally residents accepted into the program have graduated within the past 5 years.

When is your interview season?

Interview season begins in November and continues thorough mid February.

Do you offer observerships or externships? 


How many positions are available?

Currently we accept 10-12 incoming PGY-1 residents for each academic year. Occasionally, we have a PGY-2 position available which may be offered

What types of fellowships do you offer?

Child Psychiatry

Geriatric Psychiatry

What about research?

We offer a wide array of research opportunities at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. These include:

  • Neurodynamics laboratory
  • Primate studies
  • Geriatric psychiatry
  • Anxiety and mood disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Community and social psychiatry
  • CBT of psychosis
  • Educational psychiatry (undergraduate and postgraduate)
  • Psychotherapy
  • Dialysis

What types of programs do you offer?

  • General 4 year program in psychiatry
  • Research track – 5 year program – eligibility is restricted to candidates with previous research experience and who plan on a career in research psychiatry
  • Combined general adult and child/adolescent psychiatry – 5 or 6 year program – eligibility to enter after successful completion of PGY-3 or PGY-4 general psychiatry residency

What about Pay and Benefits?

  • Pay sources vary – PGY-1 residents do not receive their first pay check until 6-8 weeks into their training
  • Range is $56K - $70K from PGY-1 to PGY-4
  • Benefits include:
    • CIR
    • Medical, dental, ophthalmology and psychotherapy coverage
    • Book and travel allowance to medical conferences
    • Same-sex partner health benefits
    • 4 weeks vacation
    • Educational days, maternity and paternity allowance

What about housing?

  • We do not provide long term on campus housing
  • Provisional short term housing is sometimes available on campus
  • Student Union: State of the art fitness center, pool, discount theatre and entertainment office, medical bookstore
  • Vacation – 4 weeks/year