Frequently Asked Questions

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Do you accept foreign medical graduates?

We accept both U.S. and foreign medical graduate applications. Greatest emphasis is placed on the following:

  • Academic achievement,
  • Ability to relate to patients,
  • A good fit with existing residents, faculty, and our environment, and,
  • Ability to use English language in written and oral communication.
Do you offer PGY-1 positions?

We offer 6 PGY-1 positions annually through the ERAS application process.

Do you offer PGY-2 and advanced training positions?

We offer advanced positions in the event they become available. Applicants from other programs and specialties are encouraged to apply. All previous ACGME postgraduate training must be documented by the previous residency director.

What is the deadline to apply?

For PGY-1 applications the deadline is December 1 of the recruitment year. There is no deadline for PGY-2 and advanced resident applications.

Do you have a USMLE score requirement?

A passing score is the minimum requirement.

Do you sponsor visas?

We do not sponsor H-1 visas.

Does it matter how long since I have graduated from medical school?

No more than five years can have elapsed since last formal training (graduation from school, residency training, or employment) or the individual MUST have a full unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States.

Is there a clinical experience prerequisite?

Although past direct patient care experience is desirable, more importance is placed on interest in and commitment to the field of psychiatry.

How important is English proficiency?

Since relationships are very important in psychiatry, English proficiency is exceedingly important.

Is the program university or community based?

Our program is a university sponsored community-based, medical school and residency training program. Seminars and administration are conducted from the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. Training occurs primarily at four community training sites all within a 10-minute drive of each other