Application Information

We seek trainees who are passionate about the care of the whole person, curious, self-motivated, and hardworking. A strong candidate will have experience that demonstrates their dedication to the care of patients at the intersection of medicine and psychiatry, and that may include a variety of clinical, research, quality improvement, or volunteer experiences in these areas.

Application Requirements

The National Residency Match Program track number for this program is 1529715C0.

All applications are considered without regard to race, religion, gender, or national origin. However, applicants must satisfy certain technical requirements congruent with Duke Graduate Medical Education standards to be eligible for admission. Please review these requirements before applying:

  • Application through ERAS
  • USMLE Step 1 score (see below)
  • Medical school transcript
  • Personal statement
  • Three or four letters of recommendation 
  • MSPE (Dean’s letter)

View requirements for residency training licensure on the North Carolina Medical Board website.

Applications submitted after October 15, 2024, will not be reviewed. We do not accept PGY2 or PGY3 applications.

USMLE Scores 

Residents accepted into the program will need to successfully complete both parts of USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 to start the program. We strongly encourage applicants to take both parts of USMLE Step 2 before March 1 to permit reporting of scores before the start of orientation in late June. Reporting of USMLE scores can take approximately eight weeks. Consult the USMLE Policy for full details. We do not accept COMLEX scores in place of USMLE scores.


An interview is an important part of the application process. Applicants will be invited to interview after review of the preliminary application material. 

For further information about the Med-Psych Residency Program, please contact:

Bridget Copen, MBA
Sr. Program Coordinator

Selective Service System Registration

All male applicants (as determined by gender assigned at birth for purposes of this requirement) who are U.S. citizens or immigrants must have registered with the Selective Service System within 30 days of their 18th birthday, or arrival date into the U.S. Individuals are eligible to register until the age of 26.

Failure to register is a violation of federal law, and can face significant penalties, including loss of eligibility for citizenship for immigrants. Individuals who have not registered are not eligible for a variety of benefits including federal student aid, federal job training, and any job in the Executive Branch of the government (e.g. VA, Medicare, federal prisons), and are not allowed to work in federal facilities even as a resident or fellow.

The Duke Med-Psych program requires rotations at federal facilities such as VA hospitals or prisons. All trainees in those programs must be eligible to work at those facilities. All applicants should ensure that they have registered for the Selective Service System if appropriate. If they have not registered, they should discuss this with their potential program director. Learn more

International Medical Graduates

We invite highly qualified individuals from medical schools outside the United States and Canada to apply for combined Med-Psych residency at Duke University.

  • To be considered, the applicant must have completed at least one rotation of no less than one month's duration on an inpatient service at a major teaching hospital in the United States or Canada. The applicant must have had direct patient responsibility during this rotation. Time spent on consultant services and observerships do not fulfill this requirement.
  • We do not require USMLE Step 2 for application to the program, but we do require successful completion of USMLE 2 CS and Step CK before training begins. There is no minimum USMLE score.
  • Med-Psych applicants must be ECFMG certified prior to the match and interview spots will be given in preference to applicants who are already certified.
  • There is no maximum number of years since medical school graduation.
  • We sponsor J-1 visas for international residents.

Visiting Student Program

Students from other medical schools are welcome to rotate at Duke for fourth year clinical electives, including the elective in Med-Psych.

Further information and the application are available via the Visiting Medical Student Program website

Visiting Student Program Coordinator Contact Information

Scott Campbell
Student Services Officer and Visiting Student Coordinator
Offices of the Registrar and Financial Aid
Tel 919-684-8042
Fax 919-684-4322

Additional Information for Applicants

Pay and benefits, including health insurance, are competitive. Learn about stipends, employment requirements, and more on Duke’s Graduate Medical Education website.