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- Associate Director, Residency Training
- Associate Professor, Departments of Psychiatry & Human Behavior; Neurosciences
- Associate Director, Residency Program
- Clinical Assistant Professor
33 S. Ninth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Jefferson’s Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior participates in the National Residency Match Program and utilizes the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).
To request more information about the Jefferson General Adult Psychiatry Residency Program, please contact:
Coordinator, Residency Program
33 S. Ninth, Suite 210
Philadelphia, PA 19107
215-955-6104 | 215-503-2853 fax
To contact the Residency Program Director directly:
Adrienne T. Gerken, MD
Frequently Asked Questions About Our Residency Application Process
What is your current resident complement?
We currently have ten PGY-1, twelve PGY-2, nine PGY-3, and seven PGY-4 residents in the Adult Psychiatry Residency Program.
How many applications are received?
On average, we receive nearly 1,100 completed applications.
How many interviews are conducted?
We expect to conduct more than 100 interviews this year.
What are the criteria to be invited for interview?
All applications are reviewed as composites; we look at the personal statement, examination scores, letters of recommendation, dean's letter, transcript, and any special circumstances. We do not screen out, or in, for any specific criteria.
General application process policy
Jefferson accepts all applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Applications submitted in any other form will not be reviewed.
Do you take applicants outside of the Match?
Jefferson adheres strictly to the conditions of participation of the National Resident Matching Program. Accordingly, all positions for a July start are offered through the Match. In the event of an unexpected vacancy before February 1, out-of-Match offers may be considered.
Are there positions available at advanced levels (PGY-2, 3, and 4)?
Occasionally positions open at advanced levels, generally due to life circumstance change (marriage, childrearing).
To inquire about such openings, please submit a CV via email to Hillary Beach at Hillary.Beach@jefferson.edu.
Number of letters of recommendation - Is four letters okay?
Three to four letters of recommendation are acceptable. At least one should be from a psychiatry rotation, though two are preferable.
Is there a Step 1 and/or Step 2 minimum score?
Jefferson is a very competitive residency program. Although scores on USMLE examinations are an important factor in our selection process, there are no official score requirements for applying to the program. We prefer to evaluate each applicant on his or her own individual merits.
Is there a Step 1 and/or Step 2 maximum number of attempts?
We do not set a maximum for numbers of attempts, but do question why more than one is necessary.
Does SKMC have a requirement in terms of year of graduation?
A graduation date within the last five years is preferred, but not required.
What if there are gaps in resume?
Please explain any gaps you may have in your resume.
Is U.S. clinical experience a requirement?
Experience with the healthcare system of the United States is very helpful, but not mandatory.
Sponsor H1B or J1 visa?
Graduates from any medical school are invited to submit applications.
We only consider international medical graduates with a J1 or H1B visa. It is the applicant's responsibility to employ an immigration attorney to obtain his/her visa. It is mandatory that all international medical graduates have their visas in hand by May 1. The Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior, Jefferson's International Office, and the house staff office of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital all have extensive experience and knowledge working with applicants and their attorneys to expedite the visa process.
When are interviews held?
Interviews will be conducted Wednesdays between October and February of the current academic year.
How will I know if I am going to be interviewed?
Applications through ERAS are reviewed in October and continue until the end of November. It is in the applicant's best interest to apply early, since the number of interview spots are limited. If you do not hear from us by the end of November, it is likely that we have filled the number of slots available and regret that we will not get a chance to meet.
Thank you for your interest in the General Adult Psychiatry Residency at
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior