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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

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
  • 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?

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