Application Process

Application Requirements

All applications are considered without regard to race, religion, gender, or national origin. However, applicants must satisfy certain technical requirements congruent with Duke Graduate Medical Education standards to be eligible for admission. Please review these requirements before submitting an application.

  • Application through ERAS
  • USMLE Step 1 score (see below)
  • Medical school transcript
  • Personal statement
  • 3 or 4 letters of recommendation 
  • MSPE (Dean's letter)

USMLE Scores:  Residents accepted into the program will need to successfully complete both parts of USMLE Step 2 to start the program. We strongly encourage applicants to take both parts of USMLE Step 2 before March 1 to permit reporting of scores before the start of orientation in late June. Reporting of USMLE scores can take  approximately 8 weeks. Consult the USMLE Policy for full details.  We do not accept COMLEX scores in place of USMLE scores.

An interview is an important part of the application process. Applicants will be invited to interview after review of the preliminary application material. 

For further information about the Combined Medicine-Psychiatry Residency Program, please contact:

Bridget Copen, MBA
Sr. Program Coordinator

International Medical Graduates

We invite highly qualified individuals from medical schools outside the United States and Canada to apply for combined Medicine-Psychiatry residency at Duke University.

  • To be considered, the applicant must have completed at least one rotation of no less than one month's duration on an inpatient service at a major teaching hospital in the United States or Canada. The applicant must have had direct patient responsibility during this rotation. Time spent on consultant services and observerships do not fulfill this requirement.
  • We do not require USMLE Step 2 for application to the program, but we do require successful completion of both USMLE 2 CS and CK before training begins. There is no minimum USMLE score.
  • Med-Psych applicants must be ECFMG certified prior to the match and interview spots will be given in preference to applicants who are already certified.
  • There is no maximum number of years since medical school graduation.

  • We sponsor J-1 visas for international residents.

Visiting Student Program

Students from other medical schools are welcome to rotate at Duke for fourth year clinical electives, including the elective in Medicine-Psychiatry.

Further information and the application are available via the Visiting Medical Student Program site. 

Visiting Student Program Coordinator Contact Information
Scott Campbell
Student Services Officer and Visiting Student Coordinator
Offices of the Registrar and Financial Aid
Tel 919-684-8042
Fax 919-684-4322