Residency Application Information
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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.
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) 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
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.
We received full accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in May 2015. We also have ACGME-accredited fellowships in the following subspecialties: addiction psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, and geriatric psychiatry.
Typical work hours are from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for most residents. There will be occasions when residents are required to work outside of the basic schedule. Residents round on the adult and child & adolescent units one to two weekends per rotation. PGY2 – PGY4 residents take call from home on a rotating basis.
Residents may pursue opportunities for additional income outside of the residency program in the PGY3 and PGY4 years. The close proximity of several acute care hospitals and other medical sites provide a variety of moonlighting opportunities for residents to supplement their income.
Residents receive 18 days of paid time off (PTO) per year. In addition to the PTO, residents receive 5 days off over the Christmas or New Year’s holiday each year. PGY2, PGY3 and PGY4 residents receive 5 additional days of conference time per year. PGY4 residents also receive 5 days off for professional interviewing. All residents receive 20 wellness hours to use throughout the year.
There are teaching opportunities for residents to teach medical students. PGY4 residents will complete a teaching/administrative rotation.
Residents are required to complete at least one research project during residency. Options include case studies, quality improvement studies, utilization data analysis, or participation in clinical trial research. Residents interested in doing research will find many opportunities to pursue this option within the Pine Rest organization.
With over 100 years of behavioral health experience, and one of the largest free-standing behavioral health hospitals in the country, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services offers the resident the opportunity to work within the complete continuum of behavioral health services.
The unique opportunity to work in an inpatient, outpatient, and residential environment all within the same beautiful campus environment is virtually unmatched anywhere else in the country.
Also, the Grand Rapids and west Michigan region provides access to all four seasons in one of the most family-friendly and affordable areas in the country.