How To Apply

We thank you for your interest in the Pine Rest Psychiatry Residency Program.  We hope you find the information below helpful to better understand our program eligibility requirements.


We ask applicants to complete a MD, DO, or equivalent medical degree prior to the start date of the residency.

Program applicants are required to show evidence of academic excellence, clinical interest in the field of psychiatry, a high level of professionalism, high ethical standards, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, potential for successful completion of the residency program, and potential for the practice of medicine within the U.S. healthcare system by the following:

Graduate from a Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or American Osteopathic Association (AOA) accredited medical school within the past five years;

  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (dean’s letter) attesting to these qualities;
  • Passage of USMLE Step 1 and/or COMLEX Level 1 (within two attempts);
  • Passage of USMLE Step 2 CK and CS and/or COMLEX Level 2 (within two attempts).

Graduates of medical schools within the past five years, not accredited by the LCME or AOA, must also:

  • Be eligible for medical licensure in the state of Michigan.
  • Foreign applicants must be permanent residents or eligible for a J-1 visa.
  • Be ECFMG certified.
  • Have at least one month of U.S. clinical experience.

Application Materials

Applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) for all open positions.  The program participates in the ACGME Match (National Resident Matching Program) and the AOA Match (National Matching Services) to fill PGY-1 positions. Applications for PGY-1 positions must be submitted through ERAS and applicants must register with the National Resident Matching Program or National Matching Services.

Application materials for PGY-1 should include:

  • ERAS On-line Application
  • Personal Statement
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (dean’s letter)
  • Three letters of recommendation authored within two years of the start date of the residency program
  • Medical School Transcript
  • USMLE Step 1 and 2 scores and/or COMLEX Level 1 and 2 scores
  • ECFMG certificate for international medical graduates

Selection Process

Decisions regarding candidate selection for the program are made by the Residency Selection and Evaluation Committee, based on the applicant’s academic record; clinical, research, and other work experience; letters of recommendation; interviews with departmental faculty and other staff; and demonstration of personal characteristics that may be pertinent to training in and the practice of psychiatry.

Applicants who meet program requirements will be considered for interview with departmental faculty based on the number of interview slots available and their academic competitiveness with other candidates.

Following interviews, the Selection and Evaluation Committee will review candidates’ application materials and comments of faculty and staff who have interacted with the candidates to assess their potential for the program.