Application Requirements & Program Criteria

We appreciate your interest in the HCA Psychiatry GME Program. Our program is a participant in the NRMP Match and accepts applications through ERAS. NRMP registration for the Match opens in mid-September.

Below are the requirements for the application/admission process:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Dean’s Letter
  • Transcript
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation (preferably with at least 1 letter being from a Psychiatrist)
  • Passing scores on USMLE Step 1, Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK), and Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) must be achieved by the second attempt, preferably on first attempt

    In order to be eligible for ranking, passing scores on both Step 2 CS and Step 2 CK must be received by the program before the NRMP rank list deadline. If already graduated from medical school, a passing score on Step 3 is also required.

Osteopathic Graduates

The same criteria listed above applies. COMLEX scores will be accepted in place of USMLE scores.

International Medical Graduates (IMGs) also need proof of the following:

  • Valid ECFMG certification at time of application
  • Permanent resident status or J1 visa. Our program does not sponsor visas.
  • Clinical experience in the U.S. (hands-on experience preferred)
  • Command of the English language


Regarding the cancellations of candidacy interviews: Our program does not invite more candidates than we have placement for interviews. An interview cancellation is deemed unacceptable less than two weeks prior to your interview date. Out of respect for our staff and the work they do to prepare for your visit and to other candidates wishing to apply to our program, please contact us no later than two weeks prior to your scheduled interview date if you need to cancel your interview.