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


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:

ERAS will be open for submission of residency applications on September 1st, 2020. To accommodate for the changes due to COVID-19, the ERAS application deadline has been extended and UW Boise Psychiatry will begin reviewing your applications on October 21st, 2020. For more information about the application timeline, and to stay up-to-date with the changes in ERAS, please visit:

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

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

PGY-1 Applicants

Interviews for the 2020-2021 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 from 1-2pm Mountain Time:





Please contact the program at for more information.

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 October 21 – November 1.  Starting November 3, 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 Directors, 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 and track.

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 Resident Position Appointment. 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

  • ERAS Common Application Form (MyERAS Application)
  • A one to two page narrative statement which includes your reasons for choosing psychiatry as a specialty.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 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.
  • Official medical or osteopathic school transcript
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE or Dean’s Letter)
  • 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.