Applying for Residency


Adrienne Van Winkle

Application for Residency

The Creighton-Nebraska Psychiatry Residency participates in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), which is supported by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Applications will only be accepted through ERAS.   

For U.S. graduates, the minimum eligibility requirements to enter the program include graduation from a medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine.

A graduate of a foreign medical school must be certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates and demonstrate proficiency in the English language.  

In addition to ERAS documentation requirements, our program criteria is as follows:

  • Three letters of reference: Letters of reference should support your qualifications for a career in psychiatry. It is important to have American experience in psychiatry with a reference letter from that site. Letters from U.S. or Canadian physicians who have observed your professional performance are easier for us to verify; therefore, we encourage you to provide ERAS with the names of U.S. and Canadian physicians who know you professionally and personally.
  • We prefer an average USMLE score of 200 with no fails; however, if you show particular promise for a career in clinical psychiatry, we may accept somewhat lower scores. If a candidate has been out of medical school more than one year, Step 3 needs to be passed and scores made available in ERAS before being considered for interview. Candidates with two or more failures are unlikely to be considered.
  • International medical graduates (IMGs) must be eligible for a J-1 visa. The program does not accept H-1B visas. International graduates without American citizenship cannot begin the program without acquiring a green card or J-1 visa.   
  • We are seeking candidates who have had relevant residency training or clinical responsibilities in the last three years. Unless the candidate has exceptional, demonstrated promise, candidates who have been away from formal training or the practice of medicine for more than three years are unlikely to be considered.
  • Deadline for applications is November 1.