General Information

Dear Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Harvard Psychiatry Residency Training Program. This fall, we will begin accepting applications for PGY 1 residency positions that begin in June 2021. Please submit applications to us through ERAS and include at least three letters of recommendation submitted on your behalf. One of these letters should be from a psychiatrist who is familiar with your work. Additionally, at least one letter should be from a rotation that involved direct care of patients as part of a primary treatment team (internal medicine is preferred, but others including family medicine, surgery, or pediatrics are acceptable).  In addition, please be sure to send us a personal statement and your USMLE transcript. We ask that all materials reach us by November 1, 2020, though we understand that many peoples' medical educations were disrupted due to the COVID pandemic and that this will affect what materials are available for our review. 

All interviews this year will be conducted virtually using Zoom in the context of the ongoing COVID pandemic. For similar reasons, we are not able to offer "second look" visits or visiting clerkships this year. We regret that you won't have the opportunity to visit our campus and experience the atmosphere of collaboration and scholarship that we believe provides our residents with an ideal environment for thriving during their training. Please take advantage of the materials posted on our website to get a feel for the program and don't hesitate to reach out to any of the program directors or residents if you have questions. 

The class of 2021 trying on their new white coats!

We will review your application, dean’s letter, transcript, and supporting materials when we receive them through ERAS. Starting in late October, we will contact selected applicants and invite them to interview with the program. We will interview applicants between November and January, and plan to issue interview invitations on a rolling basis throughout the season.

We interview six applicants per day and hold interviews on Mondays and Fridays. We will offer an optional Meet & Greet with residents the evening before the interview day. The interview day starts at 8:30 AM and ends at 3:45 PM. We do offer a couple of days during the year where interviews will start two hours later to accomodate applicants interviewing remotely from the West Coast.

Our interview days for the 2020-21 season will be:

November 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 30
December 4, 7,11,14,18, 21, 28
January 4, 8,11,15, 22, 25, 29

The interview days on December 4 and January 11 will start at 10:30 AM to accommodate applicants in different time zones. If you plan to be interviewing from a different time zone but cannot make it on one of those dates, please reach our to our coordinators and we will be happy to find a way to accommodate you. 

Each year, we receive many more applications from well-qualified applicants than we are able invite to interview. For this reason, we consider each application to be "active" throughout the interview season. As of early December 2020, we have filled all available interview slots. Applicants who have not received an invitation to interview have been placed on our waitlist, and will be contacted directly if an interview slot should become available to them.

We will choose our residents through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and will review the specifics of this process during your visit. If you plan to apply to this program, it is essential that you register with the NRMP and comply with its requirements and deadlines.

Additional Information for International Medical Graduates:

We sponsor J1 and, in unusual circumstances, H1B visas. Clinical rotation experience (beyond observership) in the United States is required, as well as solid passing scores on exams. Contact the ECFMG to apply through ERAS.  Please feel free to contact any of the training directors or our training coordinators (see contact information below) with any questions.

Sincerely yours,

Christie Sams, MD
Director, BIDMC Harvard Psychiatry Residency Training Program

Other contact infromation:

Christine Wittmann, MD
Associate Training Director

Timothy Scarella, MD
Associate Training Director

Renetta Johnson
Program Coordinator

Colleen Cusick
Program Coordinator