Frequently Asked Questions
What do residents do after graduation?
Each residency class at UNC pursues a different variety career options within the field of psychiatry, including academic faculty positions, fellowships, research, and community work. The 16 members of the Class of 2018 are:
- Continuing their child and adolescent psychiatry training at UNC (5)
- Pursuing fellowships at UNC in consultation-liaison psychiatry, and elsewhere in geriatric psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry (3)
- Working as faculty in outpatient, inpatient, emergency, and consult psychiatry settings (8)
What is the first-time board passage rate?
Residents from the past 10 years have had 100% board pass rates.
Is UNC the right place for me?
Our expert faculty, unique clinic experiences and diverse training opportunities make us different from other residency programs. in addition to starting outpatient training in the PGY-2 year, residents have the ability to participate in cutting-edge research and have protected time for academics and individual clinical pursuits. Our program values a strong sense of community and teamwork and the low cost of living makes North Carolina an ideal place to live. If you have any questions, or just want to get more information on any aspect of our program or curriculum, our Chief Residents are more than happy to talk to you.
How many people apply to the General Psychiatry Residency Program?
We expect to receive about 1,000 applications and interview 175 candidates for 16 trainee slots.
What are the required minimum USMLE or COMLEX scores?
We don’t have a minimum score requirement, though scores do factor into the evaluation of your application. The average USMLE Step 1 score for incoming residents is 240.
Can I apply if my Step 2 score is not available yet?
Yes, you may apply if your Step 2 score is still pending, but please update your application as soon as it is available.
Do you accept externships or observerships?
Not at this time.
Can I apply if I have already completed a year of residency elsewhere?
Licensed physicians who have completed an approved PGY-1 (intern year) at another institution may apply for consideration of a three year position.
What does call look like for residents?
Call schedules vary by class year. Interns rotate on units at UNC Medical Center and Central Regional Hospital for broad exposure to a variety of psychiatric settings. Full details can be found on the curriculum pages for each class year.
Are there teaching opportunities for residents?
Yes, resident teachers across all four years of training are an integral part of the Psychiatry-Neurology medical clerkship.
Where should I live?
We provide a real estate tour during our Second Look in January to explore the many areas residents enjoy living in while at UNC, including Carrboro, Chapel Hill, and South Durham. If you are not able to return for the Second Look events, we are happy to provide the information to you upon request.
What are some options for non-medical jobs in the Triangle?
The Triangle is a great place to live and work. There are a plethora of options in technology, academia, and professional services, just to name a few local industries. The area is well-known for having good schools and a large variety of family-friendly activities. For those residents with families, spouses can be connected to local parenting and activity groups to help feel supported.
Need more information?
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or need any more information about our residency. Our friendly, knowledgeable program coordinators are happy to speak with you at any time.