Applicant Information

How To Apply 

COVID 19 Vaccination: Michigan State University implemented a mandatory vaccination policy for all faculty, staff and students effective August 31, 2021. In addition, each hospital and healthcare setting has complied with the Federal CMS mandate regarding vaccination (see Press Release). Further information about the COVID19 can be found here:

2022 - 2023 Interview Cycle Notice: We will be following the AAMC's recommendations for interviewing including offering only virtual interviews.  An optional site visit to explore locations and facilities may be requested by the applicant. If local health protocols allow, the optional site visit will include a tour of medical facilities with a resident. In order to ensure fairness, there will not be contact with faculty or residency administration during the visit and the site visit will have no bearing on the ranking process. 

Applications are only accepted through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS).
 program. All applications, transcripts, Dean’s letters, board scores, and reference letters will be processed through ERAS. 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).

A personal interview is required and will be arranged for eligible candidates after the complete application is received and reviewed by our Residency Admission Committee. Our program offers interviews from October through January and will send out multiple rounds of interview offers throughout the cycle. Interview offers are typically completed by mid-December and late applications will only be considered in special cases. We are committed to only inviting the number of candidates per number of spots we have available and will give applicants a minimum of 72 hours to schedule.

We currently offer two programs through our department in general Psychiatry training. We only take applications through the ERAS system and we participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).  The Michigan State University Psychiatry Residency Program match number is: 2436400C0 Psychiatry Categorical and the match number for the rural program is: 2436400C1 Rural Program Track Categorical. 

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

Applications are accepted from graduates of Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) and AOA-approved medical schools.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Graduated from a U.S. or Canadian medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), or Graduated from a U.S. osteopathic medical school accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) or Graduated from a medical school outside the U.S. or Canada with the following qualifications: ​

  • A current fully valid certificate from the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduate (ECFMG) ​

  • Must be eligible for an unrestricted osteopathic or medical license in the State of Michigan. Please visit to ensure that you meet all requirements. ​

  • Please note, the Michigan Board of Medicine allows applicants to attempt any one step of USMLE 3 times; Osteopathic Board of Medicine and Surgery allows 6 total attempts for each examination​

  • Five years or less from medical school graduation with clinic experience during this time ​

  • Received USMLE or COMLEX Scores​

  • Passed USMLE Step 1/COMLEX Part 1​

  • Passed USMLE Step 2 CK/COMLEX Part 2 CE​ (for applicants who graduated prior to 2020)​

  • Passed USMLE Step 2 CS/COMLEX Part 2 PE (for applicants who graduated prior to 2020)​

  • Aptitude for psychiatry as demonstrated in personal statements ​

  • Personal characteristics ​

  • Expert written and oral command of the English Language (personal statement, application, lets of recommendation)​

  • Volunteer or previous professional psychiatry experience in the U.S. within the last 2 years​

  • Evidence of a commitment to psychiatry as a career​

  • 3 Letters of Recommendation; recommend two from a psychiatrist

  • Evidence of participation in a training experience within the past 2 years ​

  • Applicants shall participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) only. ​

  • Applications and information are accepted only through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service). 

Selection Criteria

  • The MSU Psychiatry Residency Program is governed by the rules of the Residency Review Committee for Psychiatry, an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) institution created for the accreditation and review of U.S. Residency Training Programs. ​

  • The MSU Psychiatry Residency Review Committee and its subgroup the Residency Selection Committee supervises the selection of all psychiatric residents in the MSU program. ​

  • Only unsanctioned individuals or entities will be employed or contacted. 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. 

Contract and Benefits

Residents are appointed as instructors at Michigan State University. A 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 continuing medical education reimbursement for all residents. Residents have 20 vacation and 5 CME days per program year.

Salary $56,812 $57,948 $59,084 $61,356


Residency Contacts

Emily Schnurr, DO
Program Director
Phone: (517) 353-4362 

Jordan Sturgill
Assistant Residency Coordinator
Phone: (517) 353-4362 

Ryan Conway
Seminar/Events Coordinator

Phone: (517) 353-4362