How to Apply

We are pleased that you are interested in applying to our program. Please remember that the program only accepts applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Information submitted outside of ERAS cannot be accepted. Residents are selected only through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) for PGY 1 positions. Applicants must be eligible for licensure (training permit) in Nevada. More information available at the Nevada Medical Examiners Board and The Nevada State Board of Osteopathic Medicine. Applicants will be selected based on their suitability for psychiatric practice, fit with the program, previous academic and clinical performance, letters of recommendation, and interview.


Our interview season extends from November through February. Interviews are offered to appropriate applicants after review of the ERAS application and supporting materials. No paper applications will be accepted. The number of interview slots is limited, so please submit your application materials as early as possible. Interviews are a ½ day with several candidates scheduled at a time. All interviews are virtual for the 2023-2024 interview season. for the 2022-2023 interview season. There may be subsequent opportunities to visit the institution in person after the interview.

Application Materials

The following materials are required to complete your application:

  • Completed online ERAS application
  • Dean's letter from your medical school
  • Three recent (within 6 months) letters of recommendation from physicians with whom you have worked closely during your training, preferably at least one from a psychiatrist
  • A recent photograph
  • Personal statement detailing your interest in psychiatry as your career specialty. Your personal statement MUST include 150-200 words on: What interests you about the UNR Psychiatry Residency Program and working in Reno/Northern Nevada?
  • Reports of your USMLE scores or COMLEX scores
  • Medical school transcript
  • ECFMG certificate, if relevant
  • Documentation that you can live and work in the United States if not a citizen or permanent resident

We prefer individuals who have graduated from medical school within the past three years. For any applicant who graduated from medical school more than one year ago, we will want to know that you have been active in significant medical experiences in the intervening years and have kept current in your medical knowledge.

The State of Nevada is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Qualified persons are considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, political affiliation, or disability as outlined in the State Affirmative Action plan.

Have questions or need help?

Have questions about applying or want more information about the program?

Contact Psychiatry Residency Department