Department of Psychiatry

Penn Behavioral Health


How do I apply to your program?

All medical school graduates should apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) at

A completed application consists of:

  • On-line ERAS application (no paper, faxes or email please)
  • Personal Statement
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three letters of reference
  • Dean's Letter & Transcript
  • USMLE Scores, Step 1 & 2 including CK & CS (Step 2 results needed by rank day) or Comlex Scores
  • We do NOT offer "out of match" positions
  • Photo
  • If applicable, ECFMG Certificate must be received with your application


When are your interview dates?

We interview on Fridays only.  This year our dates are:

October 26, 2018

November 9, 2018

November 16, 2018

November 30, 2018

December 7, 2018

January 11, 2019

January 18, 2019

Candidates that would like to be considered for our research track will have a two-day interview experience. 

The dates for serious research candidates are:

November 15 and November 16, 2018

December 6 and December 7, 2018








My application is complete but I have not heard from your program?

Interviews are by invitation only and will be sent via ERAS.  We receive over 1,000 applications for 10 positions and we can only offer a limited number of interviews.  We are seeking highly competitive candidates with outstanding academics, diverse backgrounds and interests.  Ideal candidates should be team players as well as self-starters and highly motivated to excel.  


How do I communicate with your program?

All communication will be via ERAS email.  If you send an email directly to the coordinator’s email you will not receive a response.  Please use ERAS to contact the program with any questions and/or scheduling arrangements.


How long is your interview day?

We provide a comprehensive interview day which begins at 8:00am and concludes around 4:00pm.  Your day will consist of meeting the program directors, an overview of the program, lunch with the residents, a tour of the campus and clinical sites, four half-hour interviews with faculty and a dinner the evening prior with residents only.


I have a strong interest in pursuing research during my clinical training. Do I need to apply for the Research Track at the time of my ERAS application?

You do not have to apply for the Research Track at the time of your application.  You should inform the program director that you are interested in applying to the Research Track during your residency. 


I am an international medical graduate. Do you accept the J1 or H1B visa and do you have any specific criteria for IMGs?

We accept the J1 and H1 visa and you will need your ECFMG Certification to be included with your application.  For international graduates, we require 6 weeks clinical U.S. experience as well as solid passing scores on exams.  This does NOT include observerships or research experience.  You should have completed medical school within the past five years.  The date of medical school graduation is not flexible.

We take an overall look at all of our applicants and we do not have a minimum score requirement.  Please note, we cannot estimate your chances for an interview.  The selection is determined by a recruitment committee decision process.  Interviews at the University of Pennsylvania are by invitation only.  We interview on Fridays only and the interview season begins in October and is completed by the end of January.

Our program currently consists of 43 residents from across the United States.


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