Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior
833 Chestnut Street, Suite 210
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 955-6104

Application Process

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Residency Application Process

What is your current resident complement? We currently have eight PGY1, seven PGY2, eight PGY3, and six PGY4 residents in the Adult Psychiatry Residency Program.

How many positions will be offered this year? We expect to offer seven PGY1 positions in the 2014-2015 academic year.

How many applications are received? On average, we receive mnearly 800 completed applications.

How many interviews are conducted? We expect to conduct about 110 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 we 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 (PGY2, 3, and 4)? Occasionally positions open at advanced levels, generally due to life circumstance change (marriage, child-rearing).

To inquire about such openings, please submit a CV via email to Nicole Whitaker at

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.

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.

Waht if there are gaps in resume? Please explain any gaps you may have in your resume.

Is US clinical experience a requirement? Experience with the health care 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 lawyer 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 and 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 lawyers to expedite the visa process.

When are interviews held? Interviews will be conducted between October 2019 and January 2020.  We conduct interviews on Tuesdays only. There is an optional pre-interview day Social Hour to meet our residents.  There will be a dinner for all interviewed applicants at the end of January to get to know other members of the residency and faculty.

How will I know if I am going to be interviewed? Applications through ERAS are reviewed beginning in September, and continue until the end of November. It is in the applicant's best interest to apply early, since the number of interview spots is limited. If you do not hear 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 and Human Behavior

Contact Information

To request more information about our residency program, please contact:

Ms. Nicole Whitaker, MS
Coordinator, Residency Program
833 Chestnut East, Suite 210
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 955-6104
(215) 503-2853 fax

To contact the Residency Program Director directly:

Kenneth M. Certa, MD
(215) 955-6655