Applying

HOW DO I JOIN THE KDHCD PSYCHIATRY RESIDENCY PROGRAM?

See below for detailed instructions on applying to the KDHCD Psychiatry Residency Program. Our positions are competitive and applications should demonstrate your best work with careful attention to detail. We give particular attention to the applicant’s ability and willingness to follow these application instructions as well as professional communication during the application process.

DO YOU ACCEPT APPLICANTS OUTSIDE ERAS?

No. All applications must be submitted through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service) and we only offer positions through the NRMP (National Residency Matching Program). ERAS applications can be found at www.aamc.org/students/medstudents/eras/ and information on the NRMP match at www.nrmp.org/res_match/.

WHAT FACTORS ARE CONSIDERED IN SCREENING APPLICATIONS?

KDHCD receives hundreds of applications for its positions. Many factors are considered in screening applications for a personal interview. However, before a residency applicant can receive full consideration, all of the following documents must be received:

  • A complete ERAS application
  • Personal Statement
  • Medical School Transcript (from a School recognized by the Medical Board of California)
  • Dean’s Letter
  • USMLE or COMLEX scores
  • 3 letters of recommendation – written or updated (by original author) within the last calendar year (Attention will be paid to whether or not the applicant has waived his/her right to view the letter)

WHAT FACTORS ARE IMPORTANT IN MY PERSONAL STATEMENT?

There are no fixed rules on an applicant’s Personal Statement. However, creativity, courage, flexibility and honest self-reflection are strongly encouraged. Attending to the following items are seen favorably:

  • Why are you interested in working in a diverse, underserved and/or rural area?
  • Any prior work, habitation or vacation experiences in international locations?
  • Personal/Family connection to California (particularly Central California)?
  • An example(s) of how the applicant has shown creativity or leadership in a challenging situation?
  • What was your most favorite aspect and your worst experience in medical school?
  • Describe how you would respond if given unfair feedback on a performance evaluation?
  • An ethical dilemma about which you struggled?
  • What was your last favorite book outside of medicine and why did it appeal to you?
  • How comfortable are you with computers, tablets, technology and Electronic Medical Records?
  • What do you consider to be your greatest personal strength and weakness (candor is encouraged)?
  • Future career plans (what is your ideal practice and where do you see yourself in 10 years?)

DO YOU REQUIRE LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION?

Yes. Three letters of recommendation must be submitted with the ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service) application and at least one should be from a psychiatrist. Letters of recommendation should primarily be from physicians or doctorate-level psychologists but those from Board Certified/academic psychiatrists are given priority. Letters should include statements and examples regarding your clinical knowledge/skills, attitude, work ethic, ethical sensitivity, cultural awareness, teamwork, compassion and professionalism. Letters should be written within the last year from a person who has directly observed you working with patients at some time within the last five years.

DO YOU ACCEPT APPLICATIONS FROM INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL GRADUATES (IMGs)?

Yes. All qualified candidates will be considered for our program.

WHAT ADDITIONAL FACTORS ARE CONSIDERED IN SCREENING APPLICATIONS FROM INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL SCHOOL GRADUATES?

International Medical School Graduates must demonstrate proficient English-speaking/writing skills and submit:

  • Current Postgraduate Training Authorization Letter (PTAL “California Letter”) - which must be renewed by the applicant on an annual basis.
  • ECFMG Certification
  • Proof of recent, relevant experience in the U.S. Medical System

DOES THE MEDICAL SCHOOL I ATTENDED MEET KDHCD REQUIREMENTS?

Applicants must have graduated from a Medical School approved by the Medical Board of California. See the list of approved schools at: www.mbc.ca.gov/applicant/schools_recognized.html.

IS A CALIFORNIA PTAL LETTER REQUIRED FOR INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL SCHOOL GRADUATES?

Yes. International Medical School graduates must obtain and submit a PTAL (California Letter). Applications will not be considered until a PTAL has been issued within the last 12 months and is entered into ERAS. Additionally, the resident must personally renew the PTAL letter annually with the Medical Board of California until successful licensure. PTAL Applications can be found online at: www.mbc.ca.gov/applicant/application_international.pdf.

DO YOU REQUIRE AN ECFMG (EDUCATIONAL COMMISSION FOR FOREIGN MEDICAL GRADUATES) CERTIFICATE FOR IMG APPLICANTS?

Yes. A valid certificate must be submitted with your ERAS application. The CSA and English dates must be current for IMG applicants. Forms may be found at www.ecfmg.org/.

CAN I RELY ON THE RESIDENCY PROGRAM TO OBTAIN ANY REQUIRED DOCUMENTS?

No. It is solely the applicant’s personal responsibility to obtain any required documents for the residency program such as license verification, Dean’s Letter, transcripts, PTAL Letter, ECFMG Certification, etc.

IS THERE A LIMIT ON THE NUMBER OF YEARS SINCE THE TIME OF GRADUATION?

Yes. It is strongly preferred that applicants graduated from medical school in the last five years. Should it be longer than five years, applications will still be considered, but detailed information must be included in the applicant’s Personal Statement describing work activities since the time of graduation.

DO I NEED TO SPEAK SPANISH OR ANOTHER LANGUAGE TO TRAIN AT KDHCD?

No. KDHCD has a robust interpreter service and many of our staff and patients are bilingual. However, we encourage applications from those with multi-cultural backgrounds, some type of international experience or bilingual candidates (Spanish and Hmong preferred). Women and other underrepresented minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

DO YOU REQUIRE A MINIMUM USMLE SCORE?

No. We do not have minimum USMLE scores as applicants are not chosen based on test results alone. However, test results and the number of attempts required to pass each test level are one factor in the evaluation of applications.

DO YOU ACCEPT COMLEX SCORES?

Yes. Applications from graduates of Osteopathic Medical Schools are welcome. All supplemental application materials/documents required of Allopathic Medical Schools must also be submitted through ERAS.

DO YOU HAVE A DEADLINE FOR ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS?

Yes. We conduct interviews from October through January of each year. We encourage applications to be filed with ERAS in September as interview positions are limited.

WILL YOUR PROGRAM CONSIDER MY APPLICATION IF I HAVE COMPLETED A PORTION OF OR GRADUATED FROM ANOTHER U.S. RESIDENCY PROGRAM (PSYCHIATRY OR OTHER SPECIALTY)?

No. As a newly accredited program, we are unable to consider your application if you have previously started or completed any ACGME or AOA graduate medical training program. There will be absolutely no exceptions to this requirement until 2019.

MAY I TRANSFER AND/OR RECEIVE CREDIT FOR TRAINING THAT I HAVE ALREADY COMPLETED AND ENTER YOUR PROGRAM AT A LEVEL OTHER THAN A PGY-1?

No. We only consider applicants beginning at the PGY-1 level.

DO YOU ACCEPT OFF-CYCLE POSITIONS?

No. All PGY-1 positions start at the same time in July of each year.

WHAT IS THE CONTACT INFORMATION FOR KDHCD PSYCHIATRY?

The KDHCD Psychiatry Residency Program can be reached at 559-624-6999 (FAX 559-625-7552) and our mailing address is 400 W. Mineral King Ave., Visalia, CA 93291. However, to apply to our program, please note it is very important to not contact us by phone, regular mail or send additional application or supporting information unless specifically requested. All application documentation must be submitted online through ERAS.

HOW DO I CONTACT THE KDHCD PSYCHIATRY RESIDENCY TRAINING PROGRAM?

Unless otherwise instructed, address all inquiries to the KDHCD Office of Graduate Medical Education at: kdgme@kdhcd.org.


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