SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
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
- H1 – to a limited degree. All of the above plus a passing score on Step 3 of the USMLE. Step 3 must be passed by mid-February of the interview season in order to be eligible for a H1 Visa
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?
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
- Community and social psychiatry
- CBT of psychosis
- Educational psychiatry (undergraduate and postgraduate)
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:
- 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