Q&A: How to Apply

When should I apply?

a. Applications are accepted via ERAS (www.aamc.org/eras) October 1 – October 31
b. We do not offer observerships.

What do I need?

a. Medical school and other relevant transcripts
b. Dean’s letter
c. 3 letters of reference. Two should be from clinicians, at least one from a psychiatrist.
d. Personal Statement

What are your requirements?

a. Completion of medical school or other residency within the last 2 years
b. USMLE score or COMLEX score
c. US citizenship, permanent resident status, or J1 Visa

What do you seek in a candidate?

a. Academically sound, driven physicians who will become the next generation of pioneers in psychiatry
b. Excellent communication skills
c. Ability to articulate why HSS would be a good match for your career
d. Applicants from medically-underserved backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

When are interviews conducted?

November through January

How many positions do you offer for PGY I?

8 residents per PGY class

Who can I contact for further questions?

Contact Information:
Program Coordinator: Erin Lovell. (Erin.Lovell@va.gov)
Training Director: Chandlee C. Dickey, M.D. (Chandlee.Dickey@va.gov)
Associate Training Director: Barbara Cannon, M.D. (Barbara.Cannon@va.gov)

Why Choose HSS?

From Our Residents


I chose HSS because it really stood out to me on my interview day. I could tell the residents I met were enthusiastic and proud of the program. They were happy to be here and excited to share what they were learning with me. I was also impressed that the program provided training in an environment with both Harvard and VA resources. I had not worked with the Veteran population in medical school and I felt that residency would be a great time to explore this opportunity and be exposed to the diverse psychopathology that is involved. – Ashley Beaulieu, DO
I chose the Harvard South Shore (HSS) Program because I was drawn by the opportunity to be trained by Harvard faculty and have access to Harvard and government resources. I was especially drawn to the COOL (Creating Opportunities for Organizational Leadership) track, and was impressed by the fact that this program is the originator of Project IMPART—the only notable practice in Psychiatry! During my interview day I found the faculty members and residents to be fun, smart, diverse, innovative, and committed to excellence –all qualities that I value in my life.- Ermal Bojdani, MD
Harvard South Shore (HSS) was the one place that I left the interview and felt that I would not only receive an amazing education, but that I would also really enjoy my time as part of the program. I was amazed at how friendly and approachable the faculty and staff were, as well as how quickly I bonded with the residents I met. Simply put, I chose HSS because I felt like it was where I belonged and I am so thankful that HSS chose me too.- Mitchell Crawford, DO
HSS has the most authentically open-minded and open-hearted residents I’ve ever met and the administration offers a surprising amount of flexibility and opportunities for program growth and development. For my interests in particular, this program has excellent resources for its large population of patients with trauma histories and substance use disorders.- Heidi Geil, DO
I chose Harvard South Shore because of the strong emphasis on evidenced-based psychiatric practice. Faculty were engaged in resident learning, and there was strong camaraderie among residents. The flexible leave policy allowed me to frequently travel to visit out-of-town family, which allowed me to stay strongly connected.- Rachel Meyen, MD
HSS residents are especially friendly and vigilant about each other’s health, happiness, and work-life balance.- Andrew Robin, MD
Our program is affiliated with some of the most renowned institutions in this country, providing residents with unparalleled faculty expertise and a myriad of resources. This allows for an intellectually and culturally rich environment to optimize our professional development. Most notably, Harvard South Shore residents are extremely diverse yet collegial and collaborative. I knew I would thrive at this program not only because of the opportunities, but also because we are one big supportive family!- Haley Volk Solomon, DO

Our Diversity Vision

HSS actively seeks a cohort of residents that combines US graduates and graduates from abroad, including both allopathic and osteopathic medical graduates. We especially welcome residency application by candidates from traditionally health-underserved minority groups in the US.

In particular, we seek residents from within and beyond the US with leadership potential who will be able to respond to the emerging needs of the increasingly diverse US population, and who will become global leaders in mental health.

Residents who do best at HSS are those who thrive in a richly diverse environment, and who learn well from differences as well as similarities: Hybrid vigor is a well-established biological principle.

Succinctly stated: Where you came from is less important than where you’re going!

Diversity & Harvard Medical School

The diversity commitment at HSS is embedded in the diversity commitment of Harvard Medical School throughout the academic continuum. An important resource for continued development is the HMS Minority Faculty Development Program (MFDP).

In May of 1990, the Harvard Medical School Faculty Council Established the MFDP.

MFDP is designed to support the career development of junior faculty and to address crucial pipeline issues. This includes:

  • Increasing the pool of minority students interested in careers in science and medicine;
  • Promoting medical students, graduate students, and fellows to develop the needed skills for success in the academic arena; and
  • Advancing the career development of junior faculty. MFDP is a part of the Harvard Medical School Office for Diversity and Community Partners