Path to Psychiatry is an exclusive program for International Medical Graduates (IMGs)

This program offers exactly what you need to apply to psychiatry programs in the United States. Get your own personal consultant who helps you select an application strategy, prepare for interviews, and more.

Often, very good international IMGs do not get chosen for a residency program in the U.S. Yet there are steps you can take to ensure this doesn't happen to you. For example, you must have a strong application strategy and prepare for the all-important interview process.

And now we offer a program to help you do that. We are proud to invite you to join Path to Psychiatry.

This program leverages the experience of IMGs who have been through the process. Find out why they were successful. Use their experience to identify and take advantage of your strengths. Learn the pitfalls to avoid. And prepare in the best way possible to apply to the right psychiatry residency programs for you.

Path to Psychiatry is a three-part program. Participate in all three steps, or select only the areas where you feel you need help.

Get personalized guidance from an expert who is:

  • An International Medical Graduate
  • A current psychiatry resident, psychiatry fellow, or psychiatry attending
  • Trained at highly competitive residency/ fellowship program
  • Successfully completed the Match into psychiatry as an International Medical Graduate
  • Dedicated to your success
  • Excited to use their expertise to help you in the Match

Part 1 - Career Guidance

During this phase, your consultant takes the time to understand your personal story. Our goal is two-fold. One, we want to guide you on how to increase your competitive position prior to the application season. Second, we want to help you make your unique background translate into a successful application strategy.

Your consultant looks at and talks through the details with you on a 1-to-1 basis via Skype or Facetime. We ask you to supply your CV and a brief narrative up front. We also discuss samples of applications. Then we provide specific advice on:

  • How to describe you unique background
  • How to position your medical school experience, USMLE scores, and research involvement
  • Who to ask for Letters of Recommendation
  • How to make sure to get the best possible letters
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE, also known as Dean's Letter)
  • Programs you may want on your application list

Part 2 - Application for Residency

Applying to residency programs can be a stressful time. Your consultant works with you to create a confident approach going into that process. Our goal for this phase is to make your application shine.

On a 1-to-1 basis via Skype or Facetime, we provide:

  • A comprehensive review of your application
  • Discussion on your personal statement, CV, MSPE, and more
  • Written feedback on areas of strengths and weaknesses
  • Recommendations to create a clear and consistent picture of your experience

Part 3 - Interview Training

This phase prepares you for what is the most important step to becoming a psychiatrist _ the interview.

Our goal is to prepare you for your interview with strong practice. On a 1-to-1 basis via Skype or Facetime, we provide:

  • A review of common interview questions
  • Practice interviews that are as close as possible to real-world interviews
  • Written feedback on areas of strengths and weaknesses
  • Post-interview communication templates

Faculty Members

Martin Vetter, MDMartin Vetter, MD

Hi, I am Dr. Martin Vetter and I am doing my fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital. Prior to coming to Boston I completed my residency training at the University of Pennsylvania. I went to medical school at Ulm University in Germany, and during medical school I got travel bug that led me to do electives in Norway, Canada and the United Kingdom. After medical school I decided to do one year of research on the interface of mental health and cardiology at the University of Calgary in Canada. One of my mentors suggested to look into doing my further training in the United States - great advice! As an International Medical Graduate you really enrich the field of psychiatry, and your unique background in invaluable in this profession. It has been an amazing experience to learn and train in psychiatry in the US as an IMG!

Maria Lisotto, MDMaria (Majo) Jose Lisotto, MD

I am Dr. Maria Jose Lisotto and I am currently in the second year of my Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital. I completed four years of General Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia While I was in medical school in Argentina at the Universidad Austral, I travelled to UPenn to do an externship and realized I wanted to come to the US for residency training. I felt like this would be the best place for me to train as a psychiatrist, mainly because of the possibility of combining teaching with research and clinical care. After spending a few months at UPenn in the Neuromodulation and Mood disorders clinic, I felt that program was the best fit for me. After living in the US for nearly 6 years now, I can say I have no regrets and feel extremely lucky for having been able to learn from some of the best psychiatrists in the world. Whether you plan on practicing psychiatry in the US or returning home, I would definitely encourage every IMG to consider training here, you will not regret it!


Step 1: Career Guidance - $99.00
Step 2: Application for Residency - $399.00
Step 3: Interview Training $299.00


Although we do our best to help you on your path to securing a residency in psychiatry, our service does not guarantee that you will receive interviews and/or match into a residency program. This includes but is not limited to Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital residency programs.