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Psychiatry programs with the most residency positions


In 2023, FREIDA™ users tallied nearly 2 million views of medical residency programs. With this list of psychiatry residencies, we draw from the 2,335 first-year positions for psychiatry and reveal which residency programs offer the most positions.

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Rankings are based on FREIDA™ data updated from Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2023. FREIDA™, the AMA Residency & Fellowship Database®, allows medical students to search for a residency or fellowship from more than 13,000 programs—all accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

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Psychiatry is one of the oldest medical specialties, but it is also one of the most exciting frontiers of medicine. A psychiatrist is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental illnesses and emotional problems. Because of extensive medical training, the psychiatrist understands the body’s functions and the complex relationship between emotional illness and other medical illness.

The psychiatrist is best qualified to distinguish between physical and psychological causes of both mental and physical distress, and serves as the medical expert for the mind/brain/body interface. Psychiatrists use a wide variety of treatments, including various forms of psychotherapy, medications and hospitalization, according to the needs of each patient.

  1. University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Program – 20 positions

  2. University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio Joe and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine Program – 20 positions

  3. University of Washington Program – 19 positions

  4. University of Texas Southwestern Medical School Program – 18 positions

  5. University of North Carolina Hospitals Program – 18 positions

  6. Medical University of South Carolina Program – 17 positions

  7. University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt Program – 17 positions

  8. Mass General Brigham/Harvard Medical School Program – 16 positions

  9. NYU Grossman School of Medicine Program – 16 positions

  10. Yale-New Haven Medical Center Program – 16 positions

  11. Mass General Brigham/McLean Hospital Program – 16 positions

  12. University of New Mexico School of Medicine Program – 16 positions

  13. University of California (San Francisco) Program – 16 positions

  14. UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine/UCLA Medical Center Program – 15 positions

  15. Ohio State University Hospital Program – 15 positions