Eligibility & Selection

  • Please note that PSPC’s Psychiatry Training Observership does not  have the approval of the commission and is not accredited by ACGME. The Program will not qualify a physician for limited licensure in Washington and does not qualify  as a program acceptable to the Commission for the purposes of the two year post-graduate medical training requirement for full licensure as a physician. Any physician enrolled in the program will not be able to practice medicine, unless the physician is licensed in Washington. The Program will not count as experience in a residency training program for the purposes of board certification.


It is the policy of PSPC to charge each training program director with ensuring that only eligible applicants who meet the Program’s criteria are selected for the Program.



Trainees: Psychiatry Trainee Observership program applicants must submit proof of the following qualifications to be eligible for appointment:

A. Graduation from a medical school in the United States, Canada, or Puerto Rico accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (“LCME”),OR

B. Graduation from a college of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), OR

C. Graduation from a medical school outside the United States, Canada or Puerto Rico with one of the following:

 a. A current valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), OR

b. Successful completion of a Fifth Pathway Program in an ACME accredited medical school in the United States; AND

 D. Passing scores on Steps 1, 2 (Clinical Knowledge and Clinical Skills) and Step 3 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) or equivalent licensing examinations (i.e. COMLEX).

E. Applicant must have one year US externship or research experience unless  he/she meets A or B above.


A. Programs select from among eligible applicants based on their educational preparedness, ability, academic credentials, communication skills, and personal qualities such as motivation and integrity.

B. Programs will not discriminate with regard to gender, race, ethnicity, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.