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    Residents 

    Why Choose Einstein Medical Center for your training?

    Einstein Medical Center/Belmont Center combines a wealth of clinical experiences found in our unique combination of a general community teaching hospital and a private psychiatric hospital. There is a dedicated faculty of adult and child psychiatry teachers on each site, along with over 75 volunteer faculty of the Center for Psychoanalysis who participate in the education of the psychiatry resident. Our teachers and supervisors provide a rich and supportive atmosphere for residents to grow and develop their clinical abilities.

    Because Einstein is an independent academic medical center, residents are at the center of education. Residents enjoy a warm and collaborative atmosphere, as shown by the number of graduates who choose to join the department.

    Why is Philadelphia a great place to do a Psychiatry residency?

    Philadelphia is a vibrant city with a range of activities that would interest people across different cultures and backgrounds. In addition to its rich history and culture, Philadelphia has a variety of social activities and international cuisines that one enjoys.  Most important of all, the city is home to numerous residency programs, major medical centers and a very active psychiatric and psychoanalytic community.

    How many PGY 1 positions are available?

    We typically accept 8-10 residents each year.

    Do residents have an opportunity to teach in this program?

    Yes.  We strongly believe that teaching is an excellent tool for learning.  Senior residents are encouraged to support and teach their colleagues in earlier years of training.  During their first year, residents are assigned senior mentors to guide them through the intern year of training.  In addition, residents also have the opportunity to interact with and teach Jefferson and Drexel medical students who rotate on the units during their 3rd and 4th year electives. In addition residents interact with PA students and other 4th year Medical Students and observers during their training.

    Do residents have teaching conferences?

    Our residents have protected teaching time. Residents from different years have lectures and conferences scheduled on a specific day of the week and this time is protected for academic activities. During the first two years of training, residents present cases in the inpatient units and attend case conferences, while during the third year, residents present cases at the outpatient case conferences. As seniors, fourth-year residents are required to present a Psychiatry Grand Rounds on a case or topic selected in consultation with the faculty.

    We also have a Joint Neurology Psychiatry conference that residents are required to attend in addition to weekly grand-rounds, also requiring mandatory attendance. The grand rounds are an excellent opportunity to learn from and interact with distinguished faculty and speakers.

    How do I apply to your program?

    All applications for PGY1 positions must be submitted electronically through ERAS.  Residents wanting to transfer from another residency or begin in the middle of the academic year should contact the training office for instruction. 

    Do you accept out of the match application?

    We only accept applications for PGY 1 positions electronically, submitted through ERAS, and using the NRMP Match system.  In rare instances, advanced applicants are considered outside the match.

    Is there a cut-off score for application?

    There is no cut-off score for application.  To be ranked, applicants must have passing grades for Steps 1 and 2 of the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE). IMG applicants must be ECFMG certified to qualify for an interview. Although no specific minimum passing score is required, applicants must submit their performance profiles of the USMLE for review, and scores, as well as number of attempts, are considered in ranking.

    Is there a cut-off for years since graduation from Medical School?

    There is no specific cut-off, but evidence of recent clinical experience is considered in offering interviews and ranking. If there is a gap between dates of medical school graduation and application for residency training, it is helpful to include and indicate all experience in the pursuit of a psychiatric career, such as observerships, research and other voluntary activities.

    How long should my personal statement be? 

    Applicants are required to submit a personal statement that reflects their desire and motivation to pursue a career in Psychiatry.  You may include a specific psychological experience, influence or book that might illustrate your desire to pursue this specialty.  The statement should be long enough for you to describe your interest or motivations, but short enough to be easily read by reviewers.

    Do you require USCE?

    There is no requirement for USCE but any form of clinical experience including US Clinical experience would be valuable.  We look for dedication and commitment towards pursuing a career in Psychiatry.

    What other documents would be required?

    The application package must contain: 

    •  A Dean's letter
    •  Medical school transcript 
    •  National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) transcript (USMLE Steps 1, 2 and 3, if available) 
    •  Personal statement
    •  Curriculum vitae
    •  3 letters of recommendation 

    What is the deadline for application?

    We stop reviewing applications by December 31st.  However, interview positions may be filled earlier, so it is advisable to submit an application by Nov 30th for best chance of receiving an invitation. Selected applicants are invited to visit Einstein Medical Center for a personal interview.

    Do you accept IMG’s?

    Our program takes pride in having residents from diverse cultural backgrounds. We continue to accept residents with training from International Medical Schools.

    Do you accept visas?

    Yes, we accept the ECFMG sponsored J1 visas.  We consider H1 visas for applicants with advanced psychiatric training.

    Do you offer Observerships?

    Yes. We have a dedicated and competitive observership program for candidates interested in gaining clinical experience in Psychiatry.  Please contact the program coordinator for application details.

    Where do residents go for their fellowships?

    About two-thirds of our graduates continue on to pursuing fellowships. We are proud to share that our residents have been successful in obtaining excellent fellowship programs of their choice.  Child and Adolescent and Consultation and Liaison Fellowships have been especially popular with our graduates, who have competed well for their preferred fellowships.

    Do you have openings for residents beyond PGY1?

    Occasionally, we may have openings for advanced positions. Please contact us for further details.

    Do residents have opportunities to moonlight?

    Residents who meet qualifications are permitted to begin moonlighting by the third year and sometimes near the end of the second year.  External moonlighting is permitted for selected residents in the second half of the third year.  Moonlighting policies are subject to change depending on resident performance and changes in ACGME requirements.

    What do residents do outside of academics?

    Residents have the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities and be on different committees. For instance, we have a social committee and a movie night committee chaired by residents who organize evens throughout the year.  Because we have a large collegial residency in a large training center, most residents develop close friendships and enjoy personal socializing.

    What is a typical day in the life of a resident?

     Life as a resident 

    Fellowships 

    Einstein has a strong Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship program and is a major clinical site for the Thomas Jefferson University Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship program.

    For details on application to the Geriatric Psychiatry fellowship, please contact the residency coordinator at psychres@einstein.edu.

    Medical Students 

    We offer a wide variety of opportunities for knowledge development and clinical experience in Psychiatry.  Einstein is a major site for core rotations for Jefferson Medical College.  In addition, we host Drexel 3rd year medical students, PA students and many 4th year students on electives.  These students come from medical schools across the country.  Because we have a large patient base, we can provide electives in a wide variety of psychiatric subspecialties.  Fourth year medical students typically work closely with faculty members and have opportunities to interact with a number of residents.  Students on electives usually have a great deal of autonomy, always with close support and supervision.

    For information about electives, please contact the residency coordinator at psychres@einstein.edu.