How to Apply

The application deadline for this program is Dec. 1.

Thank you for your interest in our Psychiatry Residency Program at Albany Medical College!

Applicants with one of the following qualifications are eligible for appointment to our program:

  • Graduates of medical schools in the U.S. and Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
  • Graduates of colleges of osteopathic medicine in the U.S. accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
  • Graduates of medical schools outside the U.S. and Canada who meet one of the following qualifications:
    • Have received a currently valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates AND are graduates of schools approved by the New York State Department of Education OR have a full and unrestricted New York State license to practice medicine.
  • Graduates of medical schools outside the U.S. who have completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school.
  • Candidates may be considered who are currently enrolled in foreign medical schools if they are eligible for the Restricted Interim Certificate from ECFMG, issued to students who have passed the Basic Science, Clinical Science, and English examinations and are awaiting the issuance of their medical school diplomas.

Graduates from schools outside the U.S. are ineligible for residency training in New York State IF:

  • More than 12 weeks of clerkship training (during the third and fourth years of medical school) occurred outside of the country in which the medical school is located UNLESS the New York State Education Department has approved that school’s curriculum, as configured. A list of those schools currently approved is available in the GME Department.

The following are the requirements to be considered for our Psychiatry Residency Program:

  • Applications will only be accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).
  • Albany Medical Center only sponsors the J-1 visa. We do not sponsor H-1B visas.
  • Priority will be given to applicants who either practiced psychiatry in their home country or who obtained a neuroscience-related graduate degree or training in the neurosciences in this country.
  • The personal statement should be well-written, demonstrate a command of written English, and provide information regarding the applicant’s interest in psychiatry.
  • A period of no longer than five years shall have elapsed since graduation from medical school if not actively engaged in medical practice or training.

All applications must be submitted through ERAS.

  • CV
  • Dean's letter (MSPE)
  • ECFMG certificate (if applicable)
  • Three current letters of recommendation
    • At least one must be from a psychiatrist
  • Medical school transcript and certificate/diploma
  • Personal statement
  • Photo
  • USMLE Steps I and II (or COMLEX) - Step II/COMLEX II is not required at the time of initial application review. There are no cutoff scores but we give preference to applicants with few attempts.

Interview Information

  • Interviews are scheduled on Mondays beginning in November and going through the first week of February.
  • Interview invitations will be sent in the late afternoon and applicants will have 72 hours to respond. We do not offer more interviews than interview spots.
  • Interviews will be conducted virtually.
  • Due to the large volume of applications we receive, applicants will only be notified if they are invited for an interview.
  • The interview day begins the following morning at 8 a.m. Eastern with a program overview, followed by interviews with the program director, program chair, faculty, and chief residents.
  • The morning is followed by an informal meeting with residents.
  • The day ends at approximately 1:30 p.m. Eastern.

The match calendar can be found on the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) website.

Contact Us

Feel free to reach out with questions:

Jennifer Laflin
Residency Coordinator
Fax 518-262-6111
[email protected]

Department of Psychiatry
Albany Medical Center
2 Clara Barton Dr., MC-164
Albany, NY 12208