Psychiatry Fellowship Frequently Asked Questions

About the Program

How many fellows do you accept?  
We accept four fellows per year for a total of eight fellows altogether in our 2-year program.

Do your fellows take call? 
Yes, fellows take at-home (beeper) call an average of once every eighth weeknight (15.5 hour shift) and every eighth weekend day/night (24 hour shift) with some shifts shared with other emergency psychiatry team members such as rotating general psychiatry residents and/or Emergency Department Social Workers (ED-SW) who assist with some cases.

Program Eligibility

Do you accept applicants with visas? 
Yes.  Pleae refer to McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University policy.

Do you accept applicants outside the National Resident Matching Program
Matches are through the NRMP, with very occasional exceptions. We will accept a pre-match applicant who is completing general psychiatry training at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. If circumstances will prevent you from participating in the match, please call us to discuss your individual situation.

I spent some time in private practice before deciding to pursue child and adolescent psychiatry training. Would you still be interested in me? 
We are always interested in applicants with real-world experience in a variety of areas!

I am "off-cycle" and will not not be able to start a fellowship on July 1.  Should I still apply? 
We may be able to accept applicants who are slightly off-cycle. Please call us to discuss the specifics of your individual situation.

Do I need to have passed all of my USMLE/COMLEX exams? 
Yes. On rare occasions we interview applicants who have not yet received their Step 3 results if they anticipate getting the results before the match closes. 

Applying to the Program

May I apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service
Yes, the child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship match is supported by ERAS.   

Program Interviews

How do I get invited for an interview? 
Application files are reviewed when they are complete or very nearly complete. If your application has been approved, the program coordinator will contact you to arrange an interview date. Applications must be complete before the date of the actual interview. 

When are interviews scheduled?
Interviews are usually scheduled on Mondays from late September through late November. Interview dates are posted on the website in August or early September. The availability of particular dates depends on the schedules of our training director and key faculty, but we will do our best to work with your schedule. We strongly encourage applicants to interview early in the season!

What is an interview day like? 
Interviews typically begin between 9 and 10 a.m., and we try our best to end before 5 p.m. (If you have specific travel constraints, please let us know so we can work around your schedule!) Each applicant meets with the training director, the division head, some members of the faculty, and some of our current fellows. Some Monday interview dates may also include a Multidisciplinary Case Conference. We usually interview from one to four applicants per day, but other than a shared lunch with current fellows, each applicant has an individual schedule.

Do you cover accommodation or travel expenses for interviews
We regret that we are unable to do so, but please visit this useful page on our site for information about hotel and transportation options. Or visit the Chicago City Guide in the How Stuff Works’ website.

Some of your faculty work in areas that are particularly interesting to me. Can I meet with them when I interview?  
We encourage you to ask! We can’t guarantee the availability of specific faculty members other than the program director and the division head, but we will do our best to accommodate requests.  If you identify specific interests, we may be able to schedule other individuals working in these areas for you to meet. Please mention any special interests when you confirm your interview date so we can plan ahead.