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CNUCOM Career Advising for Medical Specialties: Psychiatry

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National Organizations:

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training

American Psychiatry Association


Minimal Training Durations:

4 years of residency

Subspecialty Fellowships: 1-2 Year


Competitiveness: low

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Specialty Overview: Psychiatrists specialize in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders including mental, emotional and behavioral disorders and in the common medical and neurological disorders that relate to the practice of psychiatry.



·         Addiction Psychiatry      1 year

·         Child & Adolescent Psychiatry    2 years

·         Forensic Psychiatry        1 yar

·         Geriatric Psychiatry        1 year

·         Hospice and Palliative Medicine   1 year

·         Pain Management           1 year

·         Psychosomatic Medicine 1 year

·         Sleep Medicine  1 year




Recommended Electives Outside this specialty:

Endocrinology, Cardiology, Dermatology, Internal Medicine sub-I. The goal in 4th year should be to have fun and do things that you won't have a

chance to do once you're in Psychiatry residency. Focus on that, primarily. It will all be equally useful (or forgotten) once you start your residency.




Training Requirements: Training consists of a minimum of four years of postgraduate education. There were 211 psychiatry residency training programs accredited by the ACGME for 2014/15 that offered 1,353 categorical/advanced positions.


For subspecialty fellowships, applicants must have completed a residency in psychiatry. The fellowships are over 1-2 years in length


Results and Data of 2016 Main Residency Match

Mean USMLE Step 1 Score: 222

Mean USMLE Step 2 CK Score: 237

Mean # of Programs Applied to in this specialty: 23.6

Number of Programs: 220

Number of Positions Available: 1384

Total Number of Applicants: 2588

Total Number of Matched: 1373




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California Northstate University College of Medicine ♦ 9700 West Taron Drive ♦ Elk Grove, CA 95757 ♦ Phone: (916) 686-7300