How to Apply

Applicants must have

As our Introduction and Philosophy reads, we are firmly dedicated to training "Leaders in Psychiatry," and thus, we are particularly interested in recruiting residents planning careers in research, academic psychiatry, and/or leadership poisitions in clinical settings such as community mental health clinics or large health care organizations.

Apply to Our Program

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 2013 will need to obtain a California medical license before July 1, 2013.

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, 2013.

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
  • Affirmative Action Form  (Word)
  • 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.
  • Possess a California Medical Board "Applicant Evaluation Status Letter" certifying that you may start post-graduate medical training in California.
  • 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


Robert Hendren DO
Interim Program Director
(415) 476-7198

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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