General Adult Psychiatry Residency


  • Center City Campus
  • Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Degree Earned

  • Residency

Program Type

  • On Campus

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  • Residency Program Director
  • Assistant Professor
Position: Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior
  • Associate Director, Residency Program
  • Associate Professor
Position: Departments of Psychiatry & Human Behavior and Neurosciences
  • Associate Director, Residency Program
  • Clinical Assistant Professor
Position: Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior


Name: Hillary Beach
Position: Residency Programs Administrator Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior

33 S. Ninth Street
Suite 210
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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Application Process

Jefferson’s Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior participates in the National Residency Match Program and utilizes the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

Contact Information

To request more information about the Jefferson General Adult Psychiatry Residency Program, please contact:

Hillary Beach
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

We currently have ten PGY-1, twelve PGY-2, nine PGY-3, and seven PGY-4 residents in the Adult Psychiatry Residency Program.

On average, we receive nearly 1,100 completed applications.

We expect to conduct more than 100 interviews this year.

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.

Jefferson accepts all applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Applications submitted in any other form will not be reviewed.

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.

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

Three to four letters of recommendation are acceptable. At least one should be from a psychiatry rotation, though two are preferable.

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.

We do not set a maximum for numbers of attempts, but do question why more than one is necessary.

A graduation date within the last five years is preferred, but not required.

Please explain any gaps you may have in your resume.

Experience with the healthcare system of the United States is very helpful, but not mandatory.

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.

Interviews will be conducted Wednesdays between October and February of the current academic year. 

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