There are 24 positions in the fully accredited four-year Psychiatry Residency Program. Our program’s manageable size fosters a genuine spirit of cooperation, participation and collegiality between residents and faculty to ensure an optimal learning experience.

Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), and PGY1 and PGY2 applicants are expected to apply through Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Applicants who plan to enter at the PGY2 level must have completed one year of appropriate training after receiving their medical degree.

Please note: Updates for 2022-2023 due to COVID-19 Pandemic are italicized and in bold.


PGY1 applicants should submit their application packet through the ERAS. Upon review of completed applications, we will contact suitable candidates to arrange Virtual Interview Day with us. Our interview day is personalized to include a series of one-on-one interviews with the department chair and program director, key faculty and residents, lunch and a virtual tour of the Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix campus.

Required for All PGY1 Applicants:

  • Common application form.
  • Personal statement.
  • Medical school transcripts.
  • MSPE (Dean's Letter).
  • 2' x 2" photograph.
  • Three (3) letters of reference with one being from psychiatry.

PGY2 and Transferring Applicants

PGY2 or transferring applicants should also fill out an application through the ERAS. Please remember to submit an additional letter from your current program director.

Required for All PGY2 or Transferring Applicants:

  • Common application form.
  • Personal statement.
  • Competency based letter addressed to our program director from the program director of the residency you are currently attending, outlining the clinical experiences for which the applicant has received credit and a statement regarding the applicant’s professional ethics.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation, addressed to our program director from physicians with whom you are currently working.
  • Your USMLE scores – Step 1, 2 and Step 3 (if applicable).
  • MSPE (Dean’s Letter).
  • Medical school transcripts.
  • Copies of your medical school diploma, previous internship or residency certificates, medical licenses and DEA certificate.
  • 2” x 2” photograph.
  • ECFMG Certificate (if applicable).

International Medical School Graduates Must:

  • Have a current certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).
  • Have successfully completed the Clinical Skills requirement.
  • Be out of medical school no longer than five (5) years.
  • Have worked one year in clinical medicine in the U.S. within the last two (2) years.

Selection Criteria

The Residency Education Policy Committee at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix — comprised of the Program Director, as well as numerous faculty and resident representatives — oversees the evaluation and selection of applicants.

Selected applicants are invited to interview on one of many formal virtual interview days. The virtual interview agenda will include meeting with the department chair and program director, a virtual tour, personal interviews with faculty members and lunch with residents.

Applications are reviewed by the program director and Selection Committee.

Please note: Due to the large amount of applications received, we are unable to contact everyone who has not been selected by the committee. You will not be contacted, unless you have been selected for an interview.

For the *2022–2023 application season, there will be no in-person interviews due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. All interviews will take place in a virtual format.

Please be aware for this year’s Virtual Interview season we require:

*This interview will not be recorded. The University of Arizona requests that applicants do not independently record or otherwise capture images from any virtual interview. Failure to comply with this request will result in the applicant’s application being withdrawn from consideration. 

* It is the expectation of the University of Arizona that the only persons present during the interview process are the interviewer(s) and the applicant. If the applicant requires the presence of another person during the interview, they must notify the interviewer(s) in advance.

The Selection Committee makes the final decisions as to which applicants will be offered positions.

Additional Information

For the 2023 ERAS® cycle, our program will be participating to receive information from the supplemental ERAS application offered through the AAMC’s ERAS program. Applicants will be required to complete the MyERAS application, and participation in the supplemental ERAS application is optional. In its second year of use, the supplemental ERAS application is designed to help students share more information about themselves and assist our program in finding applicants that fit our programs’ setting and mission. There is no cost to applicants and participation is optional.

The supplemental ERAS application includes: 

  • Geographic preferences (by region and by urban or rural setting);
  • Information about their most meaningful experiences and other impactful life events, if applicable.
  • Program signals.

Initial invitations to access to the supplemental ERAS application will be delivered on August 1st. The supplemental ERAS application must be completed between August 1and September 16 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

Please bookmark the supplemental ERAS application section of the AAMC website to find the latest information, FAQs and resources.

For further information or questions regarding the application process, please contact the Psychiatry Residency Coordinator.


Carmen Ochoa