Applying for Residency

Our residents choose to train at the University of Arizona for a variety of reasons, but most cite the variety of training experiences, collegial atmosphere, and well-balanced biopsychosocial approach to patients as top reasons. We are invested in diversity, equity and inclusion in all manners when recruiting trainees and staff in our department, in serving our patient populations, and in providing comprehensive and informed treatment interventions. Please browse our website, and if you have further questions contact us. We are happy to discuss with potential trainees all that our program has to offer!

Externships and Observerships

We do not currently offer externships or observerships.

PGY-1 Applicants

Applications must be submitted through ERAS. Upon review of completed applications, we will contact suitable candidates to arrange interviews with us. In consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be offering virtual interviews for the first time this year, which will include online chat rooms and videos with Program Directors, Key Faculty and Residents. While the application deadline is December 1, our interview spots tend to fill up much earlier in the season.

To be considered for an interview, please note the following requirements:

  • Common Application Form
  • Personal Statement
  • Medical School Transcripts
  • MSPE (Dean's Letter)
  • Three (3) Physician Letters of Reference
    • At least one letter from Psychiatry

The Department of Psychiatry participates in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), a service of The Association of American Medical Colleges. For ERAS, our ACGME Program ID is 400-03-21-012.

Most of our ERAS applications are reviewed as soon as they release from ERAS. Please refer to ERAS for specific program application requirements. In order to be ranked for the Match following interview an applicant must have successfully completed both portions of USMLE/COMLEX Step 2.

Information for Foreign Medical Graduates

We do have current International Medical Graduates as residents. International Medical Graduates are welcome to apply to the Program. International Medical Graduates must be certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) located at 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2685. Phone: (215) 386-5900.

When reviewing applications, we prefer applicants who have passed all USMLE exams taken without any failures. We also prefer applicants who have not been out of training for longer than 5 years. The Program receives many more qualified applications than can be interviewed. Various factors affect the decision of whether to interview a candidate, such as clinical experience and interest in psychiatry, extracurricular activities, medical school performance, USMLE scores, dean’s letters and letters of recommendation.

To be considered for an interview, please note the following requirements:

  • ECFMG certification prior to December 1st application deadline.
  • Must have had some clinical experience in psychiatry.
  • Some clinical experience in the United States encouraged.
  • Must have an excellent proficiency in both written and spoken English.
  • If necessary, J-1 Visa only.

While the application deadline is December 1, our interview spots tend to fill up much earlier in the season.

Contact Information


Jason Curry, DO
Program Director, Psychiatry Residency Program
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson
Jason.Curry@bannerhealth.com


Saira Kalia, MD
Associate Program Director, Psychiatry Residency Program
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson
skalia@psychiatry.arizona.edu


Jenna Summerfield, BA, C-TAGME
Senior Program Manager, Psychiatry Education
University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson
jsummerfield@psychiatry.arizona.edu

 

The application deadline is December 1.