Competitiveness: Low

A psychiatrist specializes in the evaluation and treatment of mental, addictive and emotional disorders such as schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance-related disorders, sexual and gender-identity disorders and adjustment disorders.

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IMG Profile

Average Stats for a Matched US IMG in 2022:

  • USMLE Step 1 score: 216
  • USMLE Step 2 CK score: 228
  • Research: 2.3
  • Abstracts/Presentations/etc: 3.9
  • Work: 5.0
  • Volunteer: 5.2

Average Stats for a Matched Non-US IMG in 2022:

  • USMLE Step 1 score: 229
  • USMLE Step 2 CK score: 236
  • Research: 3.8
  • Abstracts/Presentations/etc: 9.1
  • Work: 6.6
  • Volunteer: 4.9

Specialty Factors

Every specialty has unique factors they want each candidate to have in their residency application. NRMP conducts regular Program Director surveys to identify which parts of the residency application are most important in differing specialties. Among the information gathered, Program Directors were asked to cite factors they used to select candidates for interviews. They were also asked to rate each factor on a scale from 1 (least important) to 5 (most important).

The Top 5 Most Important Psychiatry Application Factors

Percentage of Programs Citing Each Factor

  1. MSPE/Dean’s Letter (90.2%)
  2. Any failed attempt at USMLE (75.4%)
  3. USMLE Step 2 CK score (73.8%)
  4. Grades in clerkship in preferred specialty (73.8%)
  5. Grades in required clerkships (72.1%)

Average Importance Rating for Each Factor (scale of 1 to 5)

  1. Applicant was flagged with Match violation by the NRMP (4.8)
  2. Professionalism and ethics (4.7)
  3. Perceived commitment to specialty (4.5)
  4. Diversity characteristics (4.4)
  5. Personal statement (overall), Having overcome significant obstacles, Perceived interest in program (4.3)

Fast Facts

Total Training 4 years
Average Residency Salary $58,175.080
Average Physician Salary $287,000
Average Work Week 46.5 Hours
Peak Interview Months October-February
Key Organizations and Societies: American Psychiatric Association (APA)
The American Association of Chairs of Departments of Psychiatry (AACDP)
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Psychiatry is one of the few medical specialties that truly cares more about you as a person and professional than about your USMLE exams

Match Statistics

Main Residency Match and Post-Match Stats


IMGs Matched

352 /

Number of Programs/Positions


Post-Match SOAP Unfilled Positions

Main Residency Match


Post-Match SOAP

Program Track PGY-1
Participating Programs 10
Filled Programs 8
Positions Available 18
Filled Positions 16


  • Clinical neurophysiology
  • Forensic psychiatry
  • Addiction psychiatry
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Geriatric psychiatry
  • Hospice and palliative medicine
  • Pain management
  • Psychosomatic medicine (also known as consultation-liaison psychiatry)

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