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Applying to our Program

Applying to Our Program

General Information

Applicants can apply to the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine Psychiatry Residency Training Program at The Zucker Hillside Hospital through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).  We do not accept paper applications.  For more information about ERAS, please visit their website

Our residency program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).  The NRMP Code for our training program is 1700400C0.  Information about the NRMP may be found on their website.  Please ensure that you have registered with the National Resident Matching Program.

Applicants to the Psychiatry Residency Training Program must be graduates of a United States or Canadian Medical School accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), or Foreign Medical Graduates who have been certified through the ECFMG at the time of application.


Application Checklist

To complete our application process, all of the following materials must be completed and submitted through ERAS:

  • Common Application form
  • Medical/Osteopathic School Transcript
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE or Dean’s Letter) from medical/osteopathic school - This will automatically upload into the ERAS database from your medical school.
  • Personal Statement
  • Curriculum Vitae - An updated CV can also be provided at the time of the interview.
  • USMLE/COMLEX Transcript: A passing score on USMLE Step I and Step II (Clinical Knowledge and Clinical Skills) is required for all trainees prior to beginning a Hofstra North Shore-LIJ GME program.  To meet this requirement, applicants should have passed USMLE Step II (CK and CS) prior to mid-February in order to be eligible for our rank order list.  In selected cases, with the approval of the Program Director and the Office of GME, applicants may be placed on a NSLIJ rank order list without the USMLE Step II (CK and CS) score.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation.  At least one letter needs to be from a faculty psychiatrist who can comment directly on your clinical performance in psychiatry. Of the remaining letters, we prefer that at least one come from a non-psychiatrist faculty who can comment directly on your clinical work in a different specialty such as internal medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN etc…

Application deadline

No applications will be reviewed after December 31st


Interviews cannot be scheduled until all of the required documents listed above have been received.  It is the responsibility of each applicant to ensure that his or her application is complete.

The program coordinator will send an email via ERAS to those applicants invited for an interview.  Our interviews are scheduled on Thursdays only, October through February.

The interview day will begin at 7:30 a.m. and will conclude no later than 3:00 p.m.   During the interview day, applicants will meet with the Program Director and Associate Program Director during a light breakfast.  All applicants will then have 3-4 one-on-one interviews with faculty members and residents.  This is followed by lunch with current residents from all four years, who will be able to answer any questions you may still have about the program.  A chief resident will then take all the applicants on a walking tour of the hospital campus.  The interview day ends with a discussion with the Chair and/or Vice-Chair of the psychiatry department.

Applicants who would like a second visit should contact Sueanna Torres following their interview.  Please note, second visits are neither required nor necessarily encouraged.

Foreign Medical Graduates

All Foreign Medical Graduates must be certified through the ECFMG at the time of application and apply through ERAS.  The North Shore-LIJ Health System training programs accept only H1B and J-1 visas sponsored through the ECFMG.  Clinical experience in the United States is not required.  However, if you do have United States clinical experience, please include this in your application information.

Contact Us

We’re happy to answer any questions…

Sueanna Torres
Residency Coordinator

Miriam La Montagna
Residency Liaison

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