Psychiatry Residency Program

Eligibility & Application

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. 

1. All PGY 1 and 2 applicants must apply via the Electronic Resident Application System (ERAS) AND register with the National Resident Matching Program

2. 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.

On site interviews with program faculty and current residents are scheduled after applicants have been selected to interview. Because there are differences in residency programs and the individual applicant’s personal goals for training, it is essential that each applicant interview in person on site. A full day of interviews, tours, and informal contact with current residents is scheduled. 

Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are unable to interview everyone. The Selection Committee will review your application, and we will notify you if you have been selected to interview. 

  • Applications must be received by October 20.  
  • Interviews will be held October through December.

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