Welcome to the University of Colorado Psychiatry Residency Training Program. 

We invite you to look through our website to gather more information about our clinical training sites, rotations, current residents and residency eligibility and application process.

Connect with our program by visiting our Instagram page.  Here you can learn more about our residents, faculty, program, and life in beautiful Colorado. https://www.instagram.com/cupsychresidency/

Applications are accepted from graduates of United States and Canadian medical schools (MD and DO)  and equivalent international medical schools. 

To ensure that the process for selecting residents is consistent with guidelines established by the Accreditation Council for Graduate​​ Medical Education (ACGME) and the University of Colorado Denver Graduate Medical Education Committee (GM​E), and to be compliant with University policies, appropriate federal and state statutes and regulations, this program has the following eligibility requirements.

1. The University of Colorado School of Medicine recognized that residents are trainees, not employees.  As such, applicants much be able to meet conditions of the institutional house-officer (resident) training agreement and must be U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, refugees, asylees, or possess the appropriate documentation to allow residents to legally train at the CU School of Medicine.

2. Applicants must possess sufficient command of English to permit accurate and unimpeded communication.

3. Applicants must provide documentation of the following:

  • Graduation from a medical school in the United States or Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME); or 
  • Graduation from any college of College of Osteopathic Medicine accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA); or
  • Graduation from medical school outside of the United States or Canada and possessing a currently valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) prior to appointment; or 
  • Graduation from medical schools outside the United States and completion of a Fifth Pathway Program provided by an LCME - accredited medical school; or
  • Have an active an unrestricted physician license to practice medicine in Colorado. 

4. Applicants must be eligible for either a physician training license or an active and unrestricted physician medical license as granted by the Colorado Medical Board. 

5. Applicants must successfully pass a criminal background investigation (criteria specified in University of Colorado Denver and GMEC background investigation policies) and any affiliated training facility background investigation as necessary.

6. Applicants for PGY-1 positions must be no more than 3 years past their graduation date from medical school.

7. Applicants for PGY-2 positions (if currently available) and above must be currently active in the practice of medicine, either in an accredited training program or in clinical practice.

8. Applicants from medical school outside of the United States or Canada must have relevant US clinical training experience.

9. There is no minimum USMLE Step 1 or COMLEX Level 1 score requirement.  However, passing scores must be obtained in no more than two attempts.  Original transcripts must be provided.

10. Successful completion of USMLE Step 2 (CS & CK) or COMLEX Level 2 (CE & CP) is required to start the program.  Passing scores must be obtained within two attempts.  Original transcripts must be submitted by May 1.

A Resident Selection Committee for each training program evaluates all eligible applicants. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of their preparedness and experience; academic credentials; ability and aptitude; communication and interpersonal skills; and on personal qualities such as integrity, learning motivation, and work ethic, and the ability to function within parameters expected of a practitioner in the specialty. 

To determine the appropriate level of training for applicants wishing to transfer from another training program, the program director must receive written verification of previous training experiences and a statement from the resident’s current program director regarding the performance evaluation of the transferring resident prior to acceptance into the program. 

Programs will review and select applicants in a manner consistent with provisions of equal opportunity employment and must not discriminate with regard to sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability or any other applicable legally protected status. 

We offer 13 PGY-1 positions each year.  We typically receive around 1,100 applications and interview approximately 120 candidates.

We only accept PGY-1 applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS): https://www.aamc.org/students/medstudents/eras/ and participate in the National Resident Matching Program (https://www.nrmp.org/ ).  All applications are reviewed for consideration of invitation to interview. Applications will be available to the program on October 21, 2020 and the deadline for applications will be December 18, 2020.

All applications must include the following:

  • Original graduate transcript(s), when applicable
  • Original medical school transcript(s)
  • Original Dean's Letter (MSPE)
  • Certified copy of medical school diploma, if applying for PGY 2 position.
  • Copies of state medical license(s), DEA certificate, when applicable
  • Documentation of any post-graduate medical education completed elsewhere
  • Documentation of ECFMG certification, when applicable
  • Documentation of status, for international applicants
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • Three professional letters of recommendation
  • A formal letter from the current Program Director outlining rotations completed and anticipated to be completed, when applying for a PGY 2 position
  • Documentation of successful passing scores on USMLE part 1 (and part 2 CS and CK once available), or COMLEX equivalents

    Applicants are responsible for requesting all supporting documentation above.

    All interviews for the 2020-21 application season will be held virtually.  Applicants will be invited to schedule interviews after applications are released to the program on October 21st and the Selection Committee has reviewed applications. 

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all interviews will be held virtually, including those for local applicants. 

    Interviews are scheduled by invitation and are held on Thursdays and Fridays (minus holiday weeks) beginning in November through January from approximately 8am to 1pm MST. The residents will host a virtual get-together on Thursday evenings each week at 6pm MST for that weeks applicants.

    Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are unable to interview all applicants.  You will receive an email through ERAS on the status of your application by January 8, 2021.

    Connect with our Residents

    Please visit our Instagram page to learn more about our residents, faculty, program and life in beautiful Colorado.   https://www.instagram.com/cupsychresidency/


    Other helpful links

    CU GME Benefits- https://medschool.cuanschutz.edu/graduate-medical-education/CUGME-benefits/benefits

    CU GME Stipends- https://medschool.cuanschutz.edu/graduate-medical-education/CUGME-benefits/stipends

    The Minority and Allied Residency Council (MARC, as part of the CU Office of Diversity and Inclusion)- https://medschool.cuanschutz.edu/deans-office/diversity-inclusion

    CU Housestaff Association- https://medschool.cuanschutz.edu/graduate-medical-education/programs/housestaff-association

    CU Department of Psychiatry-In the News- https://medschool.cuanschutz.edu/psychiatry/about/in-the-news

    National Residency Matching Program (NRMP)- https://www.nrmp.org/

    Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS): https://www.aamc.org/students/medstudents/eras/

    Contact Us

    Department of Psychiatry Residency

    13001 E 17th Place

    Bldg 500, Rm E2322

    Aurora, CO 80045

    Phone: (303) 724-6021

    Fax: (303) 724-4963



    Sara Dillard

    Program Coordinator

    Phone: (303) 724-6019

    Email: Sara Dillard


    Robert D. Davies, MD

    Program Director

    Phone: (303) 724-6021

    Email: Robert Davies