Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior
833 Chestnut Street East
Suite 210
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 955-8179

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 Residency Application Process

What is your current resident complement?

We currently have three first year fellows and three second year fellows in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program.

How many positions will be offered this year?

We expect to offer three first year child fellow positions in the 2014-1015 academic year.

How many residents are IMG?

In the 2013-2014 academic year, there are two IMG child fellows.

How many applications are received?

We received over 30 completed applications in 2013

How many interviews are conducted?

We expect to conduct about 30 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, training director's letter, letters of recommendation, dean's letter, transcripts, and any special circumstances.  We doe screen out, or in, for any specific criteria.  You must have passed USMLE Step 3 in order to be ranked through NRMP.

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 applications 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 the second year child fellow level?

Rarely positions open at the second year child fellow level, 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 4 okay?

Three to four letters of recommendation are acceptable.  At least one should be from your current or most recent training director in general psychiatry.

Is there a Step 1 and/or Step 2 and/or Step 3 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.  All applicants to be ranked must have passed USMLE Step 3.

Is there a Step 1 and/or Step 2 and/or Step 3 maximum number of attempts?

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

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 of 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 Wednesday, September 4, and Wednesday, November 27, 2013.  We conduct interviews on Wednesdays only.

How will I know if I am going to be interviewed?

Applications through ERAS are reviewed beginning in August, and continue until the middle 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 by the middle 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 Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior.

Our contact person for questions and correspondence is:

Rory O'Connor,
Coordinator, Child and Adolescent Fellowship Program

833 Chestnut Street, Suite 210
Philadelphia, PA 19107


(215) 955-8179 (tel)
(215) 503-2853 (fax)

To contact the Fellowship Program Director directly: 

James Luebbert, MD

(215) 955-8180