Thank you for your interest in the Psychiatry residency program at Washington University School of Medicine. We accept 13 new residents per year, with 52 residents total in our program.

Applications for residency positions are accepted only through Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Our program requires three letters of recommendation.

Eligibility requirements

We receive applications from all over the U.S. and the world and look for talented individuals who would like to train in our cutting-edge program. People requiring visas to work in the United States are welcome to apply.

Our program does not have minimum requirements for USMLE/COMLEX scores, research experience, or other metrics in order to be considered for an interview. We believe it is important to look at all aspects of the application in order to determine if we will offer an interview.  However, we do expect to have all USMLE/COMLEX results released to us by the time of ranking.



We receive the vast majority of our applications within the first several weeks of ERAS opening. We frequently offer interviews before an application is complete, so we recommend that you send us your application as soon as possible.


We schedule approximately 100 applicants to visit us on select Mondays and Fridays from mid-October to the end of January.

**Due to COVID-19, during the 2020-2021 application season, we will be interviewing potential residents between early November and the end of January. All interviews will be conducted virtually over Zoom.**

It’s very easy to visit St. Louis. Lambert/St. Louis International Airport has many flights, including direct flights through Southwest Airlines from many locations. Washington University School of Medicine is conveniently located on the local light rail line, the Metrolink. When traveling, you can take the Metrolink directly from Lambert Airport terminals to the Central West End stop ($2.50 for a single, one-way ticket). Upon exiting the Metrolink to the west, you will be on the Washington University Medical Campus, just across the street from Barnes-Jewish Hospital where our program is primarily located. This stop is also a very short walk to the Parkway Hotel, located at the edge of the medical campus, and a modest walk to the Chase Park Plaza. Staying in the Central West End will give you the opportunity to see the neighborhood next to the medical campus, where many residents live. If staying at these hotels during your interview is a hardship, you may contact the program, and we will put you in touch with residents who have offered to host interviewing students.

This campus map will help you find Parkway Hotel, the MetroLink station and the residency office.


Sometimes people need to change their interview date. We understand this and will be as accommodating as possible.

Per AADPRT policy, a minimum of two weeks notice is needed before cancelling or rescheduling an interview, however, it typically takes several weeks to create a schedule for a particular day. Thus, you should call us as soon as you know that you need to make a change so that you have the best chance to get the date you want and we have the needed time to create your schedule.

Cancelling with less than a two-week notice, unless for an emergency, is considered unprofessional and prevents other applicants from visiting us. We have been encouraged to report such occurrences to ERAS.

Program start date

Our academic year starts on July 1, but interns will need to be in St. Louis at least one week before then for orientation.

For assistance

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact our residency program coordinator, Cindy Hartwig, at 314-362-2462 or