We look forward to receiving your applications!

We will be prioritizing applications received in ERAS by opening day, September 27.

How to apply

ERAS application process

Applications for PGY-1 positions will be accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) beginning in September, and must be received by the date that ERAS application data is made available to residency programs, which in 2023 falls on September 27.

We review all applications through a holistic review process. Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications, if you submit after this date, we are not able to guarantee that your application will be reviewed.

Please provide three letters of recommendation, at least one from a psychiatrist familiar with your work. We also prefer to see a letter of recommendation from a primary care specialty (internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, or OB/GYN).

We strongly recommend that you complete an internal medicine, neurology, or pediatrics acting/sub-internship prior to the completion of medical school. We understand that that may not be able to happen prior to submitting your application.


Please refer to the California GME Licensure Requirements if you have any questions about your application eligibility.

Interview schedule

Interviews will be scheduled on Tuesdays beginning October 31 and running through the end of January 2024 and will be offered virtually only for the 2023-24 season. A typical interview day consists of 4 to 5 one-on-one interviews with faculty and residents, and a virtual lunch with residents.

For applicants interested in our initiatives in diversity, equity and inclusion and cultural psychiatry

Our program’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is an integral part of our whole recruitment process. For applicants invited to interview who are specifically interested in learning more about our DEI efforts and our cultural psychiatry curriculum, optional events will be offered during the season to connect with faculty and residents around these topics. In the events that none of the dates fits into your schedule, please reach out and let us know.

If you are a fourth-year student who is underrepresented in medicine and/or from an economically disadvantaged background and would like to complete an away rotation at UC Davis School of Medicine, please consider our Diversity Medical Student Visiting Clerkship in Psychiatry.

For applicants interested in our research track

An information session and/or meetings with potential research mentors may be arranged for applicants interested in applying for the research track. Details on how to request this will be noted in your invitation to interview.

For applicants who are international medical graduates

We welcome applications from international medical graduates! Please see our Graduate Medical Education (GME) Program requirements for International Medical Graduates (IMGs).

Contact Information

For more information, please contact:

Training Programs Office
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Phone:  916-734-2614