How to Apply

Applicants to the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training Program must have completed, or be in their third year of an accredited General Psychiatry Program. Applicants who come in to this program need to provide documentation that they have completed, or will be able to complete, all requirements in training in General Psychiatry. Applicants who match with our program for Match 2015 will need to obtain a California medical license before July 1, 2015.

All applications to the UCSF Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training Program are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

For Match 2014, please provide the following by October 1, 2014.

Our interviews will be held on Thursdays, with an optional program on Friday that will include tours of our various training sites and participation in Grand Rounds or a seminar, as well as other activities.

The two-day interview blocks are:

  • October 30 & 31, 2014
  • November 6 & 7, 2014
  • December 4 & 5, 2014

Our program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry training programs. The deadline for training programs and applicants to submit their preference lists to the NRMP will be announced when this is available.

Please be sure to read the information below under the header, "International Medical Graduates," before applying.

Application Checklist

To complete our application process, all of the following materials must be completed and submitted through ERAS:

  • Medical/osteopathic school transcript
  • MSPE (Dean's Letter) from medical/osteopathic school
  • Personal Statement
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • USMLE Transcript: Passing Step 3 is required
  • Three letters of recommendation. At least one letter needs to be from a faculty psychiatrist who can comment directly on your development of your interest in work with children
  • Completion of all 3 CSV exams at time of application is preferred but not required

International Medical Graduate Requirements

Each state has its own Medical Practice Act, and the requirements for training and licensure for graduates of international medical schools vary. The University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine requires that all international medical school applicants:

  • Be a citizen or hold permanent resident status or qualify for a J-1 Visa.
  • Possess a valid ECFMG certificate.
  • Register with the National Resident Matching Program.

 For more information, go to the Graduate Medical Education website for IMGs.

If you are not a citizen of the United States, and you do not hold Permanent Resident status, you will be required to secure the ECFMG-J1 visa to enter this institution for medical training. The University does not sponsor H 1 visas for medical trainees. Compliance with the above requirements must be met, without exception, before your application can be considered.


Sample Contract (PDF, 27 KB)
Housestaff Information Booklet
Housestaff Salary Scale (PDF, 19 KB)

Resources for Foreign Applicants

J1 Visa Sponsorship Fact Sheet
Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates website and Online Booklet
UCSF Services to International Students and Scholars


Bennett Leventhal, MD
Program Director
(415) 502-1924

Hugo Sosa
Program Coordinator
(415) 476-7712

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Resdidency Training Program
Department of Psychiatry
University of California, San Francisco
401 Parnassus Avenue, Box 0984-CAS
San Francisco, CA 94143-0984
415-476-7225 (phone)
415-476-7722 (fax)


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