Selection and Admission Procedures

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

The process of selecting candidates for the Residency Training Program is personally supervised by the Residency Training Director on an on-going basis. Preliminary selection decisions are made by the Program Coordinator, based upon the enclosed policies. Final selection decisions are made by the Residency Education Committee. The purpose of the admission procedures is to select candidates with exceptionally strong academic records and interpersonal skills, who have the potential of becoming superior child psychiatrists and of making significant contributions to the field.

  1. Response to Requests for Information
    1. All general psychiatry residents desiring information about the program may access Residency Program Website
    2. The interested general psychiatry resident is encouraged to phone the Program Coordinator or the Program Training Director if further information is desired at (775) 784-4917.
    3. Applications may be requested by contacting the residency coordinator and providing a mailing address where the application materials may be sent.
  2. Selecting Candidates for Interviews
    1. Applications are screened by the Program Coordinator for
      1. completeness
      2. qualifications for licensing
      3. special experience and training which the candidate may have had (e.g., special internships, clinical or research experience)
      4. strong grades and/or letters of recommendation.
    2. The Residency Director, who subsequently selects candidates to be invited for a formal interview, reviews the application of qualified candidates.
    3. Applicants must have passed Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of the USMLE or equivalent to be invited for an interview. Only applicants who have passed Part 1, 2 and 3 of the USMLE will be rank ordered in the MATCH.
  3. Interviews
    1. At least two faculty members and one resident interview applicants.
    2. Each interviewer rates the applicant in terms of general acceptability and academic, clinical, and psychological potential. Written impressions and observations are sent to the Program Coordinator (see Appendix B).
  4. Ranking
    1. All interviewed candidates are presented to the Residency Education Committee. Committee members review applications and interview reports, and discuss each candidate, before ranking candidates. The Committee may request additional information or invite a candidate for a second interview.
    2. The Committee decides which applicants will be submitted to the National Matching Program and in which order.
  5. Alternative Procedures
    1. Occasionally positions will become available in any training year. Interested candidates are asked to provide the information described above, as well as a letter from their training director elsewhere. After two brief telephone interviews by full time faculty, a discussion will be made regarding an invitation to interview. Interviews will be conducted following the protocol outlined above.
    2. A transferring resident should be appointed at the PGY level (and corresponding salary level) which represents his or her residency level (and corresponding salary level) which represents his or her residency level in the University of Nevada program. Previous residency training will not be a factor unless credit is granted toward completion of the Nevada program. The Residency Director determines credit for previous training based upon specialty board requirements.

In most cases, an entering Fellow in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry must have completed all requirements for training in general psychiatry prior to entering the fellowship. In special circumstances the Residency Director may approve entry of Fellows who have not completed all of the general psychiatry training requirements; however, in these cases arrangements for completion of the necessary general psychiatry requirements after child psychiatry training must be made with the approval of the University of Nevada General Psychiatry Training Director.