Selection and Admission Procedures

Student Handbook, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences: Reno

The process of selecting candidates for the Residency Training Program is personally supervised by the Program 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 Selection 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 psychiatrists and of making significant contributions to the field.

  1. Response to Requests for Information:
    1. All medical students and physicians or international graduates desiring information about the program may access our web site and follow the links under Graduate Medical Education.
    2. The interested medical student or physician is encouraged to contact the Program Coordinator if further information is desired.
    3. Applications to our program are conducted electronically through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) of the Association of American Medical Colleges, 2450 N. Street, N.D., Washington, D.C. 20037, and FAX: (202) 828-1125. Information may be obtained through their web page.
  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), and
      4. strong grades and/or letters of recommendation.
    2. The Program Director, who subsequently selects candidates to be invited for a formal interview, reviews the application of qualified candidates.
      1. US Graduates: USMLE or COMLEX step 1 success (no more than 3 attempts)
      2. USMLE or COMLEX step 2 CK and CS success (no more than 3 attempts) by matriculation
      3. International Graduates: ECFMG certificate (no more than 3 attempts on step 1 or 2)
  3. Interviews
    1. At least two faculty members and one resident interview applicants. Resident interviews may be done by consensus of residents who have met the candidate during lunch.
    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 Selection Committee. This Committee consists of the Residency Education Committee and all other Faculty members who have interviewed at least one of the candidates. 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 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 Program Director determines credit for previous training based upon specialty board requirements.
    3. A new resident has had several years of residency training in another discipline, none of which is applicable toward completing the requirements of our program. The applicant would be appointed at the PGY-1 level.
    4. A transferring resident in psychiatry has had a previous year of residency training in family practice. The Program Director determines that 6-months of the previous training may be credited toward completion of our 4-year psychiatry program. The new resident would be appointed for 6-months at the PGY-1 level, and later advanced to a PGY-2, even if in the middle of the normal academic year.