Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine

How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Residency Program (Program #4005121267). Each year we have many inquiries about the application and selection process for our residency program. The following information will broadly address the most frequently asked questions that our team encounters:

  1. We usually take seven to nine psychiatry residents each year.
  2. As in most psychiatry residency programs our roster includes about half U.S. graduates.
  3. We offer J-1 visas only and consider each case on an individual and limited basis. Legal fees for visas are the responsibility of the candidate.
  4. Applying through ERAS is our preferred application method. We review each ERAS application as it comes through. The deadline to apply is December 31 each year.
  5. We consider a combination of factors in each application:
    • USMLE and/or COMLEX scores* and first-time passes
    • Professional experience and interests
    • Letters of recommendation
    • For IMGs - U.S. experience and letters are preferred
    • Personal statements - graduation within the last 5 years preferred
  6. We do not offer observerships, internships, externships or research fellowships.
  7. Applicants invited for interview are evaluated on the basis of interpersonal skill, life experiences and other personal characteristics or background.

*Factors such as outstanding recommendations or experiences may override lower USMLE/COMLEX scores. The average recommended score should be greater than or equal to 220.

We have posted all information regarding our psychiatry residency training program application requirements and process on our program website. Unfortunately, due to the volume of inquiries, we cannot personally respond to your requests for this information via any other source. We look forward to reviewing your ERAS application.