Application Information

We are glad you are interested in applying to our program and welcome your application!

The UW Boise Psychiatry Residency Program accepts residents at the PGY-1 level.

*Please note that the UW Boise Psychiatry Residency Program is a separate residency program from the UW Seattle Residency Program with a separate Match number and individualized curriculum.

Please email any questions about your application, as well as any application materials which will not be transmitted through ERAS to  BOIPsychResidency@va.gov.

COVID-19 AND APPLYING TO THE UW BOISE PSYCHIATRY RESIDENCY PROGRAM

The University of Washington is committed to ensuring the safety of residents and applicants during the Coronavirus Pandemic. The Boise Psychiatry Residency Program has been closely monitoring this often rapidly changing crisis, and we continue to modify our operations in compliance with the best guidance from the CDC, the WHO, and the AAMC.

To learn more about how UW Medicine and the office of Graduate Medical Education are responding to the crisis, you can view our publicly available Zoom Town Halls at: https://education.uwmedicine.org/covid-19-uw-medicine-town-hall/

ERAS will be open for submission of residency applications on September 1st, 2021. To accommodate for the changes due to COVID-19, the ERAS application deadline will be November 1; however UW Boise Psychiatry will begin reviewing applications on September 23. For more information about the application timeline, and to stay up-to-date with the changes in ERAS, please visit: https://students-residents.aamc.org/applying-residency/article/eras-timeline-md-residency/

Like other programs across the country, we will not be accepting medical students for away rotations at our sites, and our residency interview season this year will be virtual. We understand that this may pose specific concerns for some applicants, and anyone with questions should feel free to reach out to our Program Coordinator at BOIPsychResidency@va.gov.

Supplemental Application Materials

Application materials which will not be transmitted through ERAS can be mailed to:

UW Boise Psychiatry Residency Program

VA Hospital

500 W Fort St. Bldg. 116

Boise, ID 83702

For additional information, please contact us by phone at (208) 422-1165 or by email at BOIPsychResidency@va.gov.

PGY-1 Applicants

Interviews for the 2021-2022 season will be virtual.  Our chief residents are also holding virtual office hours to answer questions and discuss the culture of our program on the following dates and times:

9/1/21 3-4 p.m. MT

9/29/21 3-4 p.m. MT

10/5/21 12-1 p.m. MT

10/20/21 3-4 p.m. MT

11/2/21 12-1 p.m. MT

11/17/21 3-4 p.m. MT

Please contact the program at BOIPsychResidency@va.gov for information about how to join these virtual sessions.

All PGY-1 positions are filled through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and applications are accepted only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).  The deadline for application and letters of reference is November 1st.  Applications received after this will be considered on a very limited, case-by-case basis.

Applications will be screened from September 29 – November 1.  Starting November 2, interviews offers will be sent weekly, on Tuesday afternoons after 3pm Mountain Time.  You have 72 hours to respond to the invitation.

Interviews will be virtual.  The virtual interview day offers the applicant the opportunity to meet with the Program Director, Associate Program Director, several faculty members, and residents as well as virtually view Boise and our program’s clinical sites.

PGY-1 applicants may apply to any combination of University of Washington programs and tracks. These programs have different match numbers and curricula.  Decisions regarding interview invitations are made separately for each program.

The NRMP requires that residency programs provide applicants with the agreement that they would need to sign upon matching with the program.  Please click to view the University of Washington Residency and Fellowship Position Appointment (RFPA) Agreement 2021-2022. Idaho-based residents have the same contracts and benefits as their Seattle counterparts, falling under the purview of the same collective bargaining agreement.

Application Checklist for the PGY-1 Applicant

  1. ERAS Common Application Form (MyERAS Application)
  2. A one to two page narrative statement which includes your reasons for choosing psychiatry as a specialty.
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. A minimum of three letters of recommendation from faculty or professional staff at your medical school or hospitals where you have worked, including at least one letter from a psychiatrist.
  5. Official medical or osteopathic school transcript
  6. Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE or Dean’s Letter)
  7. USMLE or COMLEX scores

International Medical Graduates

The University of Washington Boise Psychiatry Residency Program accepts applications from international medical graduates.

In general, a strong IMG candidate application will include

  1. A medical school educational and clinical experience comparable to a US or Canadian medical schools with rotations that are beyond a research, observer, or volunteer level in the core medical specialties.
  2. Letters from medical supervisors in the United States.

Frequently Asked Questions

Applying to Our Program

How do I apply to your program?
We currently only accept applications through ERAS.

What do you look for in applicants?
Our biggest focus will be on your personal statement and activities related to psychiatry. Please spend time reflecting on why you chose psychiatry and what interests you about Boise.  We also evaluate test scores and other objective measures of performance throughout medical school.  Having ties to Idaho or a significant interest in rural psychiatry will be viewed positively.  While board scores are a factor in our resident selection, they are not the most important part of your application.

Will interviews be in person or virtual during the 2021-2022 application cycle?
All interviews during the 2021-2022 application cycle will be completed via zoom.  Interview dates will be decided soon.

About Our Program

Will new residents still spend time in Seattle?
As of the 2021-2022 academic year the program has transitioned to a four year track that takes place entirely in Idaho.  In the future there may be opportunities to do elective rotations in Seattle and other sites.

What does intern year look like in terms of rotations?
The majority of intern year is spent working inpatient psychiatry, medicine and neurology.  Six months of the year are spent working inpatient psychiatry (consults, inpatient wards, and psychiatric emergency services).  Three months of the intern year are spent on neurology (consults, inpatient and procedures), usually Monday through Friday, 8AM-5PM.  Three months of intern year are spent on medicine wards; there is no night float while on medicine wards.

What sites do residents rotate at for psychiatry, medicine and neurology?
Residents will primarily rotate at the VA, St. Lukes Medical Center, St. Alphonsus, State Hospital South, Family Medicine Residency of Idaho and the Idaho State Correctional Institution for the majority of their psychiatry rotations. Neurology rotations (mix of inpatient, consults and procedures) currently happen at the VA.  Medicine rotations (all inpatient) happen at the VA and St. Lukes Medical Center.

What electives does your program offer?
We offer electives in forensic, geriatric, addiction, child and adolescent, TMS/ECT and consult liaison psychiatry.  Additionally we have electives in research, sleep medicine, women’s mental health, psychotherapy and student mental health.  Residents are also allowed to create their own electives with approved faculty.

Does your program have call?
Yes.

PGY-1: a total of 12 weekend days of call while on psychiatry.  Weekend days are typically spent rounding on the inpatient service and covering the ED /consults with attending supervision.   Residents will not take call while on neurology.  Medicine rotations are typically six days per week with no nights.

PGY-2: a total of six weeks on night float, which will mostly be done by taking call from home. Also an additional 8 weekend nights and 6 weekend days.

PGY-3:  a total of four weeks on night float. Also an additional 10 weekend nights and four weekend days.

PGY-4: a total of three weeks of night float.  Also an additional 8 weekend nights and four weekend days.

Does your program offer research opportunities and research electives?
Yes. Research electives can be completed for approved research projects during PGY-3 and PGY-4 years. Current research projects include investigation into Ketamine and TMS.

Does your program offer leadership activities?
Yes.  In addition to having the opportunity to become a chief, residents have the option of joining a Program Improvement Committee or the Wellness Committee.  Residents can also joining the Ada County medical society and serve on various quality improvement committee if they desire.

Do residents from your program go on to fellowship?
Yes.  Within the last ten years residents have gone on to fellowships in consult and liaison, addiction, child and adolescent and geriatric psychiatry.  Some of the institutions that residents have been accepted to fellowship include Harvard, University of Washington and the University of Utah.

Will I have to do more call in a shorter period of time if I decide to fast-track into child-adolescent psychiatry?
No.  You would complete the same amount of call as other residents within your resident class.

Program Benefits

What is the current salary for a first year resident? What about insurance and retirement benefits?
As of the 2021-2022 academic year, first year residents receive a yearly salary of $61,800.  Additionally all residents receive a $2400 housing stipend and a $100 travel allowance per year. Residents will also receive a one time $250 stipend for purchase of electronic equipment and a yearly $400 stipend for educational expenses.

All residents receive medical insurance, dental insurance and basic life insurance. Optional 403-B retirement plans are also available through the University of Washington and offer a generous match.  Residents also receive free access to the YMCA gym (full weight equipment, indoor track, pool, yoga classes etc) in addition to Boise VA gym.

How much vacation does your program currently offer?
As of the 2021-2022 academic year, residents receive 28 days of paid vacation per year.  Of these 28 days, 20 days are considered weekdays (Monday-Friday) and eight days are considered weekend days (Saturday and Sunday).  Additionally, residents receive three personal days to use during each calendar year; one of the personal days is paid, while two are unpaid.  Unused vacation days and personal days do not roll over year to year.

How much sick leave is offered to residents?
Residents are given 17 days of paid sick leave per year (5 weekend days and 12 business days).  Unused sick leave time may roll over year to year.

How much academic leave time is granted each year for conferences, symposiums, or other educational events?
Residents may be granted up to ten days of educational leave times for approved events.

Does your program offer moonlighting?
Yes.  Currently residents who have successfully completed intern year, passed Step 3, obtained a full Idaho Medical License and DEA License, and received approval from the Graduate Medical Office and program leadership are eligible to moonlight.  As of the 2021-2022 academic year there is a limited number of sites that will potentially offer moonlighting; residents are working to establish new sites in the coming years.