IV. Application Process

We are currently accepting applications for the July 2015 start date. The application deadline is October 6, 2014.
We highly encourage prospective applicants to consider doing an elective month with us at Stanford during the spring or early summer months. Please see requirements and details at http://med.stanford.edu/gme/. This is not required but would be a great opportunity for us to get to know each other and to learn more about the program. If you are interested, please contact us as soon as possible as the available spots for elective residents are limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Please note that it generally takes 30 days or longer for the Stanford GME office to process elective rotation requests.

Program Eligibility Criteria and Application Requirements

  1. Prior to appointment in the program, fellows must have satisfactorily completed either an ACGME-accredited program in psychiatry or a general psychiatry program in Canada accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
  2. Before entry into the program, applicants must complete or have completed an ACGME accredited psychiatry residency program that qualifies them to sit for the ABPN Psychiatry Board.
  3. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, or possess the appropriate documentation to allow them to legally train at the Stanford University Medical Center according to School of Medicine Department of Graduate Medical Education policy. http://med.stanford.edu/gme/
  4. Applications for training in the psychosomatic medicine fellowship program must include:
    • The Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine Common Application for Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship form: http://www.apm.org/career/common-app-pm-fellowship.shtml
    • Copy of medical school diploma and/or transcripts
    • Documentation of post-graduate medical education completed elsewhere
    • Copies of state medical license(s), DEA certificate, board certifications, when applicable
    • Documentation of ECFMG certification, when applicable
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Personal Statement
    • Three professional letters of recommendation, one must be from the psychiatry training director documenting that the applicant meets the eligibility criterion (#1 above); and at least one from a Psychosomatic Medicine supervisor.
    • Documentation of successful passing scores on USMLE parts 1, 2, and 3.
    • For International Medical Graduates (IMGs) – Documentation of VISA status:
      Stanford Hospital and Clinics uses the J-1 visa program sponsored by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). Stanford does not sponsor H-1B visas for graduates of international medical schools. Graduates of Canadian medical schools must also use the J-1 program. For more information visit the SHC-GME website: http://med.stanford.edu/gme/intl_med_grads.html
  5. Applicants must be eligible for medical licensure in the State of California.
    Graduates of foreign medical schools should contact the Medical Board of California to ensure the requirements to obtain a license and practice medicine in this state have been met. You must obtain an 'Evaluation Status Letter' from the Medical Board of California, stating that your credentials are adequate to practice in this state and submit this letter with your application so your file may be reviewed.
  6. For the July 2015 fellowship start date: The Stanford Psychosomatic Medicine Program will be participating in the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) through the Specialties Matching Service® (SMS®), as are most USA – ACGME approved PM fellowship programs.

Check here for NRMP Match dates: http://www.nrmp.org/