ERAS application submissions begin on September 1!

The joint residency program between Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital, which combines the resources, faculty, and clinical experience of two of the nation’s top psychiatric hospitals, will be recruiting for the Class of 2025 beginning this fall. In the setting of COVID, all recruitment interviews will be conducted virtually.


Where do I start? What are the required elements of my application?

Please use ERAS (Electronic Residency Application System), which will guide you through all the steps to apply. You will need to provide:
  • a completed application
  • medical school transcript
  • Dean’s letter
  • three letters of reference
  • a personal statement
  • a picture
  • USMLE 1 Board scores (please note, USMLE’s are required of all applicants), and
  • any other ERAS requirements.

How many applications do you receive? Will I be invited to interview? Which parts of the application are required before I can receive an invitation to interview?

On Tuesdays and Wednesdays between November and early January we interview approximately 125 candidates. We are particularly eager to meet candidates who are passionate about psychiatry, have diverse backgrounds, interests, and life experiences, and are looking to join a collaborative and supportive training environment. We comprehensively review each applicant and make invitations only once all required elements of the application are in.  

What is the interview process like? How should I prepare?

The interview is a chance for us to get to know you, but equally importantly, for you to get to know us. Because the spirit and day-to-day of our program is equally embedded in the MGH and McLean communities, our interview day spans both campuses. You’ll meet with several of our exceptional faculty members, who can give you a sense for the depth and breadth of opportunity in clinical and research training. You’ll also meet with many residents to hear what the program is like “on the ground,” including a resident-only dinner on us.   If you’ve already received an invitation to interview, you will be contacted by our program coordinators to arrange the logistics of your interview day. This year, all interviews will be conducted virtually and we will do our best to capture the experience of our beautiful campuses and fantastic residents in a virtual format.   All you need to do to prepare for the interview is relax, remember what you’ve achieved, and reflect on why you’ve chosen to go into psychiatry. If you’re especially curious, you can learn more about the MGH/McLean experience–its history, residents, and faculty–here on our website.  

I haven’t heard about an interview, but I think I would be a great fit for your program. Should I contact you directly?

Our program coordinators will contact you if you have been selected for an interview. If you have concerns about your application, please contact one of our program coordinators and they will be happy to assist you.

I’m trying to coordinate my schedule. Which interview dates are still available?

We interview on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, starting in November and going through late January, with a two-week break around the winter holidays. We’ll let you know which dates have openings once you receive an invitation. Unfortunately, we are unable to be more specific until you’ve received an invitation to interview with us.

I have a strong interest in pursuing research during my clinical training. Do I need to do anything special to be considered for the Research Concentration Program?

Applicants with strong research training who wish to pursue post-doctoral level research during residency (see our RC program page for details) should let us know after receiving an invitation to interview. Formal consideration for the RCP occurs in late spring after the match.

I’m an International Medical Graduate. Do you sponsor visas? Anything else I should know before I apply?

We do sponsor J1 and H1B visas through the Partners International Office. Clinical experience in the United States is preferred, as well as solid passing scores on exams. Contact the ECFMG to apply through ERAS.

How do I sign up for a visiting clerkship?

Please apply through the HMS Visiting Clerkship Program.   For medical students who qualify for underrepresented minority status (Black/African American, Indigenous/Native American/Alaska Native, and Latinx/Hispanic American), the Minority Faculty Development Program of the Harvard Medical School (HMS) Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership (DICP) provides support for clerkships as part the HMS Exchange Clerkship Program. Please visit the HMS DICP website for more information.