Thank you for your interest in the UVM Medical Center / University of Vermont Psychiatry Residency Program!

We accept all of our applications through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service).

We also participate in the NRMP (National Resident Matching Program). Our program begins downloading applications from ERAS on September 15 for each year's Match.

Graduate Medical Education


Materials required from all applicants are:

  • Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • Dean's Letter
  • Transcripts
  • A minimum of three (3) recent letters of reference from direct supervisors
  • Successful completion of both Steps 1 and 2 CK and 2 CS of the USMLE or COMLEX

Below are additional requirements needed from International Medical Graduates (IMGs):

  • J-1 visa, Permanent Resident or U.S. citizen status. No other visa will be accepted, including the H1B visa. For those applying for a J-1 visa, you must be graduating prior to June 1 in order to be able to ensure starting on time.
  • A copy of your current, valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). If you do not have this certificate you will need to contact the ECFMG directly and arrange to take the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) Steps 1 and 2 CK and 2 CS before applying to our program.
  • A minimum of three (3) recent letters of reference from direct supervisors in the U.S., Canada or U.K. only. We prefer a previous residency in psychiatry in your home country and/or at least six months previous psychiatry experience in the U.S., Canada or U.K. An observership does not fulfill this requirement.
  • You must have graduated within the last 2 years. Your application may be considered for up to 5 years from graduation depending on the number and quality of the applications we have received and if you have a significant amount of clinical experience in psychiatry.


We do not have a minimum score requirement for the USMLE or COMLEX; however, applicants with higher scores and less attempts may have a better chance at receiving an interview with us.


While photographs are not required to complete your ERAS application, having a photograph on file is very helpful to us, especially once you have been scheduled to participate in an interview day.


The basic components of your application (the common application form, personal statement, transcripts, and Dean's letter) must be received by December 1. You may be invited for an interview prior to our receiving all of your information, but we will need to have your complete file before entering any applicant into the match. Your application will not be able to be considered unless you are able to fulfill all of the above criteria.

Interview Process

Once our selection committee has reviewed the applications, we will then contact selected applicants to arrange interviews. Interviews are scheduled on Tuesdays and Fridays during the months of October, November, December, and January. Each interview day has limited space so it is important that selected candidates respond as early as possible to our invitation in order to schedule the date that works best for you.

The University of Vermont Medical Center Department of Psychiatry conducts a daylong interview. A typical interview day begins at approximately 8:00 a.m. and ends at approximately 4:15 p.m. The interview day consists of a tour of our inpatient units, attendance at Grand Rounds (if on a Friday), and interviews with the Department's Chair (Robert Pierattini, M.D.), the Program Director (Judith Lewis, M.D.), the Child-track Program Director (Maya Strange, M.D.), our Chief Resident (Erin Curtis, M.D.), the Program Administrator (Michele Peliel), an interview with at least one other faculty member, as well as a long lunch with a few residents away from the hospital.

You may be available to meet with a resident the evening before interview days if your schedule permits and you request this as an option with the administrator. Since we interview in small numbers (up to 4 applicants) twice a week, we do not organize dinners for the night before. Applicants are strongly encouraged to participate in the whole interview day process. However, should you have any special needs on that date, please be sure to let us know ahead of time so we can try to accommodate those needs as best we can.

If you need further information about applying to the Psychiatry Residency Program, please contact our Program Administrator, Michele Peliel to discuss any questions you may have.

Michele Peliel
UVM Medical Center/University of Vermont
Psychiatry Residency Program Coordinator
111 Colchester Avenue, Patrick 426
Burlington, VT 05401

Phone: 802-847-2259
Email: psychiatryresidencyatuvmhealth [dot] org

Psychiatry sites:
Larner College of Medicine at UVM
UVM Medical Center

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