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Application and Eligibility

Ready to apply? Here's what you need to know about the process.

Our program is open to physicians who have completed a four-year Psychiatry residency program and are eligible for licensure in the state of Kansas.

We prefer candidates who have a demonstrated interest in addiction and who intend to practice addiction psychiatry when they finish the program. Interest in addiction research is desirable but not required.

Applications Open

We are currently accepting applications for the 2024 - 2025 academic year.
Applicants must apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).
Applications may be submitted from July 5 through September 15.
Interviews will take place September 1 through October 30.
We will also attempt to fill positions via the National Residency Match Program (NRMP) with the Medicine and Pediatric Specialties Fellowship Match.

Eligibility Requirements

Completion of an ACGME accredited psychiatry residency program that qualifies an applicant to sit for the ABPN Psychiatry Board and completion of all USMLE Steps or COMLEX Parts are the basic requirements for application.  Additionally, residents are required to hold an active Kansas and Missouri physician license and DEA license. Upon formal acceptance to the program, application for licensure must be initiated so that residents are licensed before they begin the program.

To ensure that the process for selecting residents is consistent with guidelines established by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the University of Kansas Medical Center Graduate Medical Education Committee (GME), and to be compliant with university policies, appropriate Federal and State statutes and regulations, this program has the following eligibility requirements.

1. Applicants must provide documentation of the following: 

  • Graduation from a medical school in the United States or Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME); or 
  • Graduation from any college of College of Osteopathic Medicine accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA); or 
  • Graduation from medical school outside of the United States or Canada and possessing a currently valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) prior to appointment; or, have an active and unrestricted license to practice medicine in Colorado; or 
  • Graduation from medical schools outside the United States and completion of a Fifth Pathway Program provided by an LCME - accredited medical school. 

2. Individuals applying for psychiatry fellowship programs must document completion of an appropriate psychiatry residency program, including an ACGME-accredited residency, or meet requirements as outlined in ACGME program requirements. 

3. Individuals applying for psychiatry fellowship programs must have successfully completed the USMLE Step 3 examination or COMLEX Part 3, as evidenced by obtaining a passing grade for that examination, prior to applying for a fellowship. Passing scores must be obtained for all USMLE or COMLEX steps in no more than two attempts. 

4. Applicants must be eligible for an active and unrestricted physician medical license as granted by the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts (KSBHA) and a DEA license. 

5. Applicants must successfully pass a criminal background investigation (criteria specified in UC and GMEC background investigation policies) and any affiliated training facility investigation as necessary.

Fellow Eligibility Exception

The Review Committee for Psychiatry will allow the following exception to the following eligibility requirements:

An ACGME-accredited fellowship program may accept an exceptionally qualified international graduate applicant who does not satisfy the eligibility requirements aforementioned, but who does meet all of the following additional qualifications and conditions:

  • Evaluation by the program director and fellowship selection committee of the applicant's suitability to enter the program, based on prior training and review of the summative evaluations of training in the core specialty.
  • Review and approval of the applicant's exceptional qualifications of training in the core specialty.
  • Review and approval of the applicant's exceptional qualifications by the GMEC.
  • Verification of Educational Commision for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certification.
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

University of Kansas Medical Center
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Mailstop 4015
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160
Phone: 913-588-6400
Fax: 913-588-6414