Psychiatry Residency


How does the program foster diversity and inclusion throughout training?
As a university, UMKC takes diversity and inclusion very seriously and this is reflected throughout the School of Medicine, GME, and our training hospitals. In 2018 the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion developed a strategic plan to establish the SOM as a diversity leader among its institutional peers. In 2019, UMKC’s GME founded UNITED – Uniting Numerous Medical Trainees for Equity and Diversity – to establish a space for Diversity and community for our residency and fellowship programs.

In addition to our GME program, University Health (UH) and Center for Behavioral Medicine (CBM) is committed to embracing diversity and inclusion within its organization.

How do I get an interview?
It is necessary that your application, USMLE scores, Dean’s letter, three letters of reference, and your medical school transcript be filed via ERAS before a decision regarding an interview can be made. Applicants will be notified via e-mail of decisions for interview. Interviews are generally held on Wednesday during October – January
What happens on interview day?
Your day with us will consist of individual interviews with program administration through Zoom conference call. You will also have the opportunity to meet with residents for an Open Forum.
Is the program accredited?
Yes. The program has been continuously accredited since 1951.
Should I do an externship at your hospital to better my chances of matching?
The program offers elective rotations for senior medical students currently enrolled at accredited allopathic or osteopathic schools of medicine in the United States. Such an elective affords the applicant and the program an opportunity to get to know one another. The program does not offer externships.
Do you accept foreign medical graduates?
All applications submitted through ERAS are considered.
Do you accept applicants who have had postgraduate training?
General Residency FAQs
Are meals provided?
All residents receive funds added to their UH badge as a lump sum at the beginning of the year.

Lunch is provided to PGY1/PGY2 residents on Tuesdays, during didactics.  Lunch is also provided to all residents during scheduled residency meetings.

When working at CBM there is a lounge filled with snacks, drinks, and microwaveable meals funded directly by the program and CBM.

Are there any organized social events?
Yes, there are scheduled social events throughout the year, such as our Welcome Event, Holiday Event, and Graduation.  There are also a mix of social events organized by the resident association each year.

Each resident class has the opportunity to participate in a half day of wellness 2-4 times per year.

What is the program doing for wellness?
Residents are invited to take place in scheduled wellness days spread throughout the year. These days typically take the spot of a normally scheduled day of didactics. Residents are released and free of all clinical obligations to work on team bonding, group processing and sharing strategies with each other on ways to promote general wellbeing in the work place.

There is a newly implemented snack station in the outpatient clinic for residents and attendings to utilize.

Is there access to a library and/or resources?
Each resident is provided access to the UMKC Health Sciences Library. In addition, each resident is offered remote access for UptoDate, and other specific Psychiatry textbooks/ resources online.
What opportunities are there for mentorship?
Program offers research mentorship for residents who wish to join or start projects

Each incoming PGY1 is paired with a current PGY1 to help introduce them into residency and provide support throughout training

Each PGY1 will do buddy call with a PGY2-PGY4 for at least the 1st two months of residency to understand how to have a successful call shift