The 2021 interview season has now concluded for our program.

We wish everyone the best of luck with the Match!

Application Process

The LSU Psychiatry Residency program in Baton Rouge participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP www.nrmp.org). Applications will only be accepted through ERAS- Electronic Residency Application Service.

Please know that this virtual interview process is just as new to us as it is to all of you so we will tackle this together! We will be conducting virtual interviews for the 2021 match via Zoom from Nov 11 through Jan 8. Applications will be available for us to review starting October 21, 2020. We will be using Interview Broker for scheduling using the email address that applicants provide in ERAS. The first wave of invites will not be released untill, at the earliest, Monday, Nov 2. All applicants are encouarged to review our website thoroughly and attend the virtual Meet and Greet sessions hosted by our residents in September.

In order for your application to be reviewed, it must include all of the following:

  • 3 letters of recommendation - 1 should be from a board certified psychiatrist. All letters must be from individuals with whom you have worked in the past 12-18 months. However, we recognize the changes in medical education that have occured due to COVID that may have prevented some applicants from being able to meet these requirements.
  • USMLE and/or COMLEX transcript - A passing score on Step 1 is required at the time of application. Step 2 is preferred at the time of application, but passing scores are not required until ranking begins. It is expected that applicants pass each step in two or fewer tries.
  • Medical school transcript 
  • Personal statement 
  • MSPE/Dean's Letter

We review applications from United States Citizens and permanent residents of the US. Our program does not discriminate with regard to sex, age, religion, color, national origin, disability or veteran status. Our resident selection criteria conform to the guidelines of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME [acgme.org]) outlined in the ACGME Institutional Requirements. 

For post-medical school applicants, preference will be given to applicants who have graduated from medical school within the past year (at the time of application),have successfully completed Step 3, and participated in clinical or mental health related work in the US during their time out of school.

For osteopathic students, our program does not prefer USMLE over COMLEX. It is up to the student to decide which format works best for them.

Though academics is an easy way for programs around the nation to screen applicants, we also take into consideration an applicant's motivation, integrity, interpersonal skills, maturity, and preparedness; all as evidenced through the different components of the ERAS application and involvement in the virtual meet and Greet sessions hosted by our residents.

It is important to mention that our program, in line with LSUHSC's overall mission, gives preference to any applicants that are from the state of Louisiana or have connections to the state of Louisiana (undergraduate education, medical school, family, birth roots, etc). If this pertains to you, it is recomended to mention this in your personal statement that you submit to our program or write to the Program Coordinator. However; each year our intern class comes from all over the country and beyond. So do not let this discourage anyone from applying. 

For questions regarding the application process or our residency program, please contact Amanda Blackburn, Residency Program Coordinator, at amcran@lsuhsc.edu or 225-757-4210.



LSU Psychiatry Residency Program
5246 Brittany Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Ph: 225-757-4212