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 2022.

In accordance with guidelines developed by our professional organization, we will be offering remote interviews through a virtual platform during the 2021-22 interview season. We regret that we will not be able to host applicants for a visit to our campus to experience the atmosphere of collaboration and scholarship that we believe provides our residents with an ideal environment for thriving during their training. However, we think that this will be the best method for maintaining equity in the process.

We invite you to take advantage of the materials posted on our website to get a feel for the program, including our video tour, and 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!

Application and Interview Process

Please submit applications to us through ERAS. We ask that all materials reach us by November 1, 2021, though we strongly encourage applicants to have their applications completed and submitted as early in the recruitment season as possible.

Starting in mid-October, we will begin contacting selected applicants and invite them to interview with the program. We will interview applicants between early November and late January, and plan to issue interview invitations on a rolling basis throughout the season. 

We will submit our rank list 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.

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, which we will continue to hold virtually. The interview day starts at 8:30 AM and ends at 3:45 PM.  

We have not yet scheduled the exact dates we will hold interviews in the 2021-22 season but will post these as soon as they are set.

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. If you have not received an invitation from our program, you may assume that you have been placed on our Wait List.

Application Materials

We review each application holistically, taking into consideration an applicant’s academic performance (including pre-clinical and clinical grades, clerkship narrative evaluations, USMLE scores, and pre-medical school academic achievements), research and scholarly work, engagement with the community, leadership experience, letters of recommendation, and personal statement.

Additionally, we strongly value recruiting a diverse resident cohort with respect to race, culture, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, socio-economic background, and other aspects of one’s identity. Applicants who feel comfortable doing so are encouraged to use their application to highlight aspects of their identity and experience which they feel would bring the perspective and experience of someone from an under-represented community in their application.

Your application should include at least three letters of recommendation submitted on your behalf. At least one 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). 

We expect that all applicants will have received a passing score on the USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS examinations. We do not use cut-off scores on these examinations for purposes of selecting applicants to interview or ranking. We understand that many applicants will not have completed Step 2 when applications are initially released through ERAS, but expect that applicants will have notified us about a passing score on USMLE Step 2 prior to the submission of rank lists.

Additional Information for International Medical Graduates:

We sponsor J1 and, in unusual circumstances, H1B visas. We do sponsor J1 and, on occasion, H1B visas. Direct clinical experience (not an observership) at an LCME-acredited United States medical school is required, as well as solid passing scores on USMLE 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