Application Process

Thank you for contacting the Henry Ford Health Psychiatry Residency Program, Detroit, Michigan. We are delighted you are interested in our education program.

We will have six (6) PGY-1 positions to offer in our four-year residency program starting mid-June.

All applicants must apply through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) system’s main residency Match utilizing the Electronic Residency Application Service Program (ERAS). Applications are accepted when the main residency Match opens to programs in September. Please refer to AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) ERAS Residency Timeline. Applications are reviewed through-out the recruitment season.

We will adhere to the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training (AADPRT) recommendations and conduct all interviews virtually for the upcoming recruitment season. Interviews are held on various Wednesday mornings between mid-late October and late January/early February.

Please be sure to visit our website to review our Mission and Aims along with additional information about our residency training program.

Applications must include:

  • ERAS application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Medical School Transcript
  • Dean's Letter (Medical School Performance Evaluation)
  • Personal Statement
  • United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) or Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination of the United States (COMLEX) transcripts
  • ECFMG status report, if applicable
  • 3 recent Letters of Recommendation (a minimum of one letter from a Psychiatry supervisor)

We are an equal opportunity employer and invite a diverse group of candidates to consider our program. While we consider all candidates, below are our preferences for selecting candidates for interviews.

  • Medical school graduation within the past 3 years
  • Recent scholarly activity; publications, abstracts, and/or presentations
  • Strong interest or experience in the field of Psychiatry as demonstrated by scholarly work, personal statement, volunteer experience or other evidence
  • Successful passage of USMLE Step 1 and 2-CK (Clinical Knowledge) or COMLEX Levels 1, Level 2-CE (Cognitive Evaluation), with no more than 2 attempts at each step/level

Additional factors considered:

  • Board passage and performance
  • J-1 visa status, if applicable
  • Medical school performance
  • Passage of USMLE Step 3 preferred (IMG’s)
  • Personal statement
  • Strong desire or ties to the area

Please note:

  • We do not have any PGY I, II, III, IV or off-cycle positions available.
  • We do not offer shadowing, precepting, observerships or externships.
  • We do not offer pre-match positions.
  • We are unable to accommodate visiting resident rotation requests at this time.

Program Codes:

  • NRMP Program Code 1300400C0
  • ACGME Program Code 4002521235

Additional Information

Medical Student Rotation Requests and Information

All medical student rotation requests are organized and processed by the Henry Ford Health Undergraduate Medical Education office. Our office does not handle these requests. You may contact the UGME office at (313) 916-1601 or visit their website for information.


For information on volunteer opportunities within the Henry Ford Health please visit the volunteering section of our website

Want to learn more about the Detroit area?

Visit Detroit Regional Chamber or The Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (DMCVB)

Social Media

Psychiatry Residency Program Instagram: hfhpsychres

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program

Please visit the fellowship's website for more information.

Graduate Medical Education Information for Applicants

Please visit our Graduate Medical Education office website for medical education policies and information including but not limited to stipends, insurance benefits, leaves of absence, paid time off, PDA fund allowance and to view a sample house officer contract.

Board Eligibility (ABPN - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc.)

For specialty board examination eligibility visit their website

Important Eligibility and Additional Information

National Resident Matching Program - Applicants should be registered in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) to be considered for the Henry Ford Health residency program. The NRMP uses computers to match prospective students and hospitals according to student needs and preferences. For information, please contact: National Resident Matching Program, Inc., 2501 M. Street, NW, 2Suite 1, Washington, DC 20037-1307

Match – You must be eligible to participate in the Match associated with your desired program, without previous match violations.

Employee Health Screening - All house officers must pass the pre-employment health screen. Testing positive for any substances including nicotine and marijuana is a failure to meet the conditions of employment and considered a violation of the Henry Ford Health employment contract and Match agreement.

Flu Shots - Henry Ford Health employees who work in clinical and non-clinical positions are required to receive an annual flu vaccination. This applies to all residents and fellows, as well as physicians, nurses, students, transporters, volunteers, housekeepers, clerical, lab and dietary staff and employees in non-clinical positions. Employees may only decline vaccination if they provide documentation of an acceptable medical or religious reason.

Licensure - All residents and fellows are required to be licensed to practice medicine by the State of Michigan. All PGY-1 residents are required to obtain an educational license to practice medicine. The appropriate application will be provided to the candidate during the on-boarding process. Application for licensure must be made before training begins. Henry Ford Health will reimburse residents for the cost of the educational license. This educational license can be renewed up to five times.

Visa – If you require a visa for training purposes, Henry Ford Health Psychiatry Residency sponsors J-1 visas.

Foreign Medical Graduates - Graduates of medical schools outside of the U.S., Puerto Rico, or Canada must present with their application a certificate attesting to successful completion of the examination given by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) plus verification of current visa status. Any questions pertaining to these examinations should be directed to: Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104 Phone number: (215) 386-5900

ACLS & BLS - You must have a current certification in ACLS and BLS prior to beginning training. Henry Ford Health offers these courses prior to orientation at no charge. Active BLS certification must be maintained thought-out the entire residency training.

Orientation – You must be available to attend the new House Officer Orientation in mid-June (residency programs) and July 1 (fellowship programs); exact dates will be provided by the system’s GME office during the on-boarding period.

Online Modules – You must complete all orientation modules assigned through Henry Ford Health University by the assigned deadline.

Background Check – You must have cleared the Henry Ford Health background check (including criminal background check) prior to starting.

House Officer Contract – Please view the sample contract here.

USMLE/COMLEX – You must provide documentation of passing USMLE Step 1 and USMLE Step 2 or COMLEX Level 1 and COMLEX Level 2 prior to starting the program. Fellows – must provide documentation of passing all steps/levels prior to starting the program.

Medical Licenses – You must be able to obtain a State of Michigan Educational Limited Medical License and Controlled Substance Medical License.

Thank you again for your consideration and best wishes for a successful Match outcome!

Thank you,

Becky Edwards
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Program Coordinator
Henry Ford Hospital
Adult Psychiatry Residency Program
One Ford Place, 1C-09
Detroit, Michigan 48202

Tel: (313) 874-6611
Fax: (313) 874-6655

Information for Applicants
Interested in applying to one of our programs, call (800) 436-7936.

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