There are 20 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 PGY-1 and PGY-2 applicants are expected to apply through Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Applicants who plan to enter at the PGY-2 level must have completed one year of appropriate training after receiving their medical degree.


PGY-1 applicants should submit their application packet through the ERAS. Upon review of completed applications, we will contact suitable candidates to arrange a visit with us. In consideration of travel expenses, we will include a flyer listing hotels in the nearby area that offer reduced rates to applicants we will be interviewing. 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 tour of the Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix campus.

Required for All PGY-1 Applicants:

  • Common Application Form.
  • Personal Statement.
  • Medical School Transcripts.
  • MSPE (Dean's Letter).
  • 2' x 2" photograph.
  • Three (3) Letters of Reference.

PGY-2 and Transferring Applicants

PGY-2 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 PGY-2 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 interview days. The interview agenda will include meeting with the Department Chair and Program Director, a tour, personal interviews with faculty members and lunch with residents.

Applications are reviewed by the Program Director and Selection Committee.

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

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


Carmen Ochoa