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Department of Psychiatry

Houston, Texas

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Residency Application Information

The Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Psychiatry Residency program, at Baylor College of Medicine, is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education. Residents are required to complete four years of graduate medical education to be eligible for certification by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Candidates may apply at either the first or second postgraduate year level. The department accepts individuals at the second postgraduate year level who have completed a categorical first postgraduate year in psychiatry elsewhere or who have completed a minimum of 12 months of another ACGME accredited training program requiring comprehensive and continuous patient care, such as Internal Medicine or Pediatrics. In addition to submitting an application, the Department of Psychiatry requires personal interviews for all postgraduate applicants. Interviews are held with junior and senior faculty and with current residents. The interviews provide an opportunity for applicants to develop as accurate and comprehensive a picture of the department as is possible in a short visit.

Externships/Observerships Information

The Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences does NOT offer observerships.

PGY I Information

We offer 12 PGY I positions. Applications are accepted Sep. 15 through Dec.1.

Applications for PGY I positions are accepted through ERAS only. Begin the application process by going to the ERAS web site:

PGY II Information

We offer one or two PGY II positions. We begin reviewing PGY II applications on Sep.15. The PGY II process is now a part of the NRMP MATCH.

Applications for PGY II positions are accepted through ERAS only. Begin the application process by going to the ERAS web site:

Completed PGY II applications should include the following:

  • Medical school transcript
  • Dean's Letter
  • USMLE Scores
  • Program Director Letter
  • Two Letters of Recommendation *(interview may be offered without Program Director letter)
  • Personal statement
  • JPEG Format Head Shot Photo

International Medical Graduates

For your application to be considered we require the following:

  • 230 or above on both USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 on first attempt
  • ECFMG certification
  • Medical school graduation within the prior five years, unless currently practicing psychiatry
  • Fluency in the English language, both written and spoken
  • U.S. psychiatry training experience or psychiatry training in your country of origin
  • J-1 or J-2/L-2 Visa *(please note: we do not sponsor H-1B or O-1 Visas)

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy to Residents

Baylor College of Medicine admits qualified physicians of any race, sex, color, national and ethnic origin, handicap, or age to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to physicians in training at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national ethnic origin, handicap or age in administrative policies, admission policies, and other school-administered programs.

For more information about BCM's psychiatry residency program, please e-mail Cassandra Shorter, Recruitment Coordinator, at

Thank you for your interest in Baylor College of Medicine.

Interview Dates for 2012-2013

  • Nov. 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, and 25, 2013
  • Dec. 6, 9, 13, 16, and 20, 2013
  • Jan. 6, 10, 13, and 17, 2014