Why You Should Apply

Our residency program devotes itself to training residents to have outstanding clinical and professional attributes. We strive to teach you to develop leadership and character in order to capably perform in diverse multidisciplinary settings and meet the challenges of this dynamic healthcare profession. As part of these efforts, our residency uses an innovative competency-based activity and monitoring program. This tool enhances our ability to determine that you have mastered core skills at each level of your postgraduate experience and are ready to continue your lifelong professional journey.

We aim to identify candidates with a strong potential to become excellent psychiatrists. Characteristics among prospective applicants, such as good interpersonal and communication skills, professional integrity, flexibility and open-mindedness in approach to solving problems and clinical aptitude are viewed as fundamentally important. Our curriculum is designed to build upon these and other pivotal skills inherent to the doctor-patient relationship. We look for applicants with a broad array of interests, aiming to achieve balance in their personal and professional lives.

Our Philosophy on Diversity

At OSU, we believe a diverse population enriches the educational experience of all our trainees, and we know that clinicians from groups underrepresented in medicine and biomedical sciences are key healthcare providers for our nation’s underserved population. Columbus, Ohio, is the 15th largest city in the United States and boasts an increasingly diverse population, representing 134 nations speaking 105 languages. Learn more about our philosophy on diversity here

How to Apply

We offer ten postgraduate first-year positions annually. Application to The Ohio State University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health is done through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) so please contact your medical school for instructions about the process.

International Applicants

International residency applicants must also apply though ERAS, and have:

  • Completed medical school within five years of applying for residency
  • Six months of clinical experience at a hospital or clinic in the U.S., with a portion in psychiatry
  • Three letters of reference from U.S. physicians
  • ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates) certification
  • Completed a Clinical Skills Assessment Exam
  • Completed COMLEX (Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination of the U.S.) or USMLE (U.S. Medical Licensing Examination) Steps I and II, and Step III is preferred
  • Excellent communication skills in English

We sponsor J-1 Visa, but not an H-1 Visa. Due to patient confidentiality considerations, Ohio State’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health does not offer externships. Must have completed medical school within two years of applying for residency.


Applicants invited to interview will be asked to schedule their interview day, generally conducted on Mondays and Fridays. Interview day begins at 8 a.m. and runs until early afternoon. The evening beforehand you are encouraged to attend dinner with current residents.

On interview day, you will meet with various faculty members, the program director and residents. You will also have lunch with a group of residents and take a tour of our psychiatric facilities. Depending on the hotel, transportation may be provided. If you express an interest in a particular aspect of psychiatric practice, we may be able to coordinate interviews with faculty members with those same interests.