Applying to the Residency
For the General Psychiatry Residency, UCLA participates in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP, or "The Match"), and will accept applications only via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). In addition to the General Psychiatry residency, we have two additional residency tracks you can apply in: the Research Track, and the Community Psychiatry “Harbor” Track.
The steps to apply are as follows:
- Complete the NRMP match enrollment materials from AAMC
- Complete the ERAS application for residencies
- Arrange for us to receive:
- a dean's letter
- a transcript of your medical school grades
- a personal statement
- scores obtained on the USMLE examinations
- at least three letters of recommendation (at least one from psychiatry is encouraged, but not required)
We review applications in November after receipt of the dean’s letters. Outstanding applicants will be invited to come for personal interviews, held on Tuesdays and Thursdays between November and January. You will be contacted via ERAS e-mail regarding your interview status.
The interview day consists of individual interviews with faculty and residents, a program description from the chief residents, and tour of the hospital sites. We will provide you with breakfast, lunch and a light meal/happy hour at the close of the day with several of our residents.
Once you are invited for an interview, please specify your choice of dates via ERAS email or by phone (310) 825-0018, to Ronald Lopez. You will receive an e-mail confirmation via ERAS. All interviews should be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. If for some reason your plans should change and you are unable to keep your scheduled appointment, please be sure to call to cancel as we usually have a waiting list for our interview dates.
Requests for further information and all application materials should be directed to:
Ronald Lopez, Housestaff Education Coordinator
UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior
Department of Psychiatry, Office of Education
760 Westwood Plaza, Room 37-357
Los Angeles, CA 90024-1759
Directions to the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior:
The Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior is located at 760 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, California in the heart of Westwood Village. The Medical Center is at the southeast corner of the main UCLA campus and can be reached by taking the San Diego Freeway (405) to the Wilshire Boulevard East exit. There are FlyAway buses that run directly from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to UCLA for $10 each way.
Transportation Options to UCLA:
Staying at UCLA?
There are many places that you can consider lodging at for your interview at UCLA.
- Resident Hosting
Several of our residents have offered to host applicants during their interview here.
If interested, please contact Ron Lopez.
- On-Campus Hotels
The most common on-campus hotels that offer special rates for our applicants are:
Current rates can be accessed from the Guest House website.