How to Apply



To apply to the program, please review the resident selection criteria and contact your medical school Dean’s office or the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) Open link in new browser tab

The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

We will require verification of all post-graduate training from previous program director(s).

Applications are reviewed by a selection committee composed of the program director, residents in the program, and two other geriatric psychiatry faculty members.

Required Application Documents

1. MSU Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Application

2. 3 Letters of Reccomendation

3. Medical School Transcripts/diploma sent directly to the residency office from the institution

4. Official USMLE/COMLEX score report

5. Verification of Residency training from the program director

6. Personal Statement

7. ECFMG Certification (if applicable)

8. Dean's Letter from Medical school

Selection Criteria

1.  The MSU Geriatric Psychiatry Residency Program is governed by the rules of the Residency Review Committee for Psychiatry, an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Open link in new browser tab institution created for the accreditation and review of U.S. Psychiatry Residency Programs.

2.  The MSU Geriatric Psychiatry Residency Review Committee and its subgroup, the Geriatric Residency Selection Committee, supervise the selection of all geriatric psychiatric residents in the MSU program.

3.  Applicants must have a permanent visa or be a U.S. citizen in order to qualify for residency training in the MSU Geriatric Psychiatry Residency program.

4.  Only unsanctioned individuals or entities will be employed or contracted. The term "unsanctioned" refers to those individuals or entities not included on the Office of Inspector General (OIG) Exclusion List or General Service Administration (GSA) List of Parties Excluded from Federal Programs.

5.  Applicant Eligibility Criteria:

  • Graduation from a U.S. or Canadian medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) Open link in new browser tab 
  • Graduation from a U.S. osteopathic medical school accredited by the American Osteopathic Association
  • Graduation from a medical school outside the U.S. or Canada with a current, fully valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates
  • A minimum of two years training in adult psychiatry from an accredited program
  • USMLE or COMLEX score of 75+ (Step 1, 2, and 3)
  • Passing of Clinical Skills Assessment Exam
  • A full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the U.S.
  • Federal DEA license
  • Grade point average of 3.0+
  • Aptitude for geriatric psychiatry as demonstrated in personal statements
  • Expert written and oral command of the English language (personal statement, application, letters of recommendation)
  • Evidence of a commitment to geriatric psychiatry as a career


Applications always accepted.



July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021

Geriatric I (PGY-V)
Salary $57,120 per year
Annual Vacation 20 days
Conference Days 5 days


Residents are appointed as instructors at Michigan State University. The faculty benefit plan is provided, which includes health insurance, dental coverage, disability insurance, malpractice insurance, and travel and death benefits. The department provides a $1,000 book and travel reimbursement for geriatric residents. Vacation days are accumulated according to the program year of July through June. Days must be used yearly.


Residency Contacts

Deb Wagenaar, DO, MS
Program Director, Geriatric Psychiatry Residency
Department of Psychiatry 
East Fee Hall 
965 Fee Road, Suite A236c
East Lansing, Michigan 48824
Phone: (517) 432-2994


Danielle Murphy, M.A.
Fellowship Program Coordinator

Department of Psychiatry
965 Fee Road, Suite A233
East Lansing, MI  48824
Phone: (517) 353-4362