Department of Psychiatry
Penn Behavioral Health

Residency Training Program

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How to Apply

Applications to the Psychiatry Residency Program are accepted through the ERAS online system beginning September 1st.


  • We accept J1 and H1 visas
  • A minimum standard of performance on the USMLE board examination
  • For graduates of an international medical school we require 6 weeks clinical experience in the United States (note: this does not include observerships)
  • Documentation of successful completion of 6 weeks clinical supervised work in a U.S. medical system
  • Commitment to complete the entire training program
  • Proficiency in reading, writing, and spoken English language
  • Negative Drug Screen pre-employment as administered by the UPHS Drug Testing Program
  • A maximum length of 5 years elapsed since the graduation from medical school
  • The University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for its employees, visitors and patients.  In order to promote and maintain a healthy work environment, UPHS will no longer hire tobacco users effective July 1, 2013. Click to view Tobacco Free Hiring Policy.
  • Act 73 is a Pennsylvania State Law, which was enacted in July of 2008.  It requires employers who have staff who may provide clinical services to a child to complete a Pennsylvania State Criminal History check, a Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearance and an FBI Criminal Background Check through fingerprinting. 

More Information

If you have any questions about applying to the Psychiatry Residency Program at Penn, please first see our FAQs page, and note that all communication will be via ERAS email.

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