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Psychiatry Residency

The Psychiatry Residency Program is part of Carle’s outstanding residency training system, which includes a nationally-recognized Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program, and Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited General Surgery Residency, Internal Medicine ,Family Medicine  and Vascular Surgery Residency Programs at our Urbana, Carle Foundation Hospital location and ACGME accredited Family Medicine and Neurology Programs, as well as our American Osteopathic Association accredited Neurosurgery Program at our Carle BroMenn location in Bloomington-Normal. The Carle Psychiatry Residency Program is committed to making a difference in the lives of our residents, our patients and the world. Inspired and engaged scholarship; innovation and discovery; and impassioned and insightful patient care happen here.

How to Apply
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Sarah Cervenka

Program Coordinator

Email: PsychRP@carle.com

Main Office: (217) 383-4846

Letter from the Program Director

Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Psychiatry Residency Program at Carle Foundation Hospital. We are a hospital-based program with university affiliation offering a world-class medical education and an inspiring residency experience.

Our program received ACGME accreditation in April of 2016 and hosted our first class in July of 2017. We utilize the ERAS application system and the National Residency Match Program (NRMP) process. Please submit all applications for our program through ERAS. We are committed to providing unsurpassed training opportunities for our students, residents and professionals seeking continuing graduate medical education.

You will learn from the diverse patient population and highly supportive and knowledgeable faculty. Our Psychiatry Residency Program provides training at four hospitals and affiliated clinics. Sites include a level one trauma center ranked among the nation's best, a community and service focused hospital, a Veterans Administration hospital, and a private psychiatric hospital with residential facilities.

Our curriculum is established to help residents succeed in passing national boards. Contact us to learn more about our psychiatric residency training program.

So come find out more, discover something outside of ordinary in Urbana-Champaign.

Suzanna Kitten, M.D., F.A.P.A

Program Director, Psychiatry Residency Program
Carle Psychiatry


Our Commitment

We are committed to making a difference in the lives of our residents, our patients and the world. Inspired and engaged scholarship; innovation and discovery; and impassioned and insightful patient care happen here.

  • Knowledge: graduates acquire new knowledge and skills through lifelong self-directed learning
  • Nurture: emphasis on the humane application of scientific knowledge
  • Distinction: providing the highest standards of academic excellence and professional ethics
  • Care: responsiveness to needs of individuals and the community

Curriculum


Our program offers opportunities for in-depth training in a variety of psychiatric areas including psychotherapy-training beginning in the first year, inpatient child psychiatry, integrated care, work with the veterans' population, dual diagnosis/substance abuse treatment, and more.

  • Integral research opportunities in conjunction with the world-renowned Beckman Institute at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Interdisciplinary training provided in conjunction with PhD psychology interns, physician assistant students, psychiatric nurse practitioners and medical students
  • Succeed in passing national boards, gaining acceptance in highly competitive fellowships and finding attractive hospital and clinical positions
PGY1

  • Inpatient Psychiatry x5
  • Neurology Inpatient x2
  • Internal Medicine x2
  • Internal Medicine Palliative Care
  • Pediatrics Outpatient
  • Inpatient Electroconvulsive
  • Addiction Medicine Inpatient
  • Research - Longitudinal (optional)
PGY2

  • Community Resident Clinic Outpatient x3
  • Emergency Psychiatry x2
  • Consult and Liaison x2
  • Forensics
  • Quality (during CL)
  • Inpatient Psychiatry x3
  • Child Inpatient x2
  • Research - Longitudinal (optional)
PGY3

  • Outpatient Psychiatry
  • Research - Longitudinal (optional)
PGY4

  • Community Integrated Care Clinic
  • Geriatric Psychiatry x2
  • Sleep Clinic Research / Quality Improvement
  • Senior Consult Liaison
  • Senior Inpatient x2
  • *Elective x5
  • Research - Longitudinal (optional)
*Possible elective options (resident develops) - Neurostimulation Treatments, Advanced Addiction Psychiatry, Advanced Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT), Advanced Forensic Psychiatry, , Neuropsychiatry, Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), Advanced Research, Advanced Psychosomatic Psychiatry, Telepsychiatry, Advanced Child Psychiatry, Medical home model of population medicine (Carle OP Mattoon), Advanced Psychotherapy, Group Psychotherapy, Private practice Psychiatry, Public policy, Scholarship, Neurosurgery, Veterans health, Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Neuroimaging Research, Leadership, Emerging Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, Teaching, Neurology, Marriage & Family Therapy, Advanced Sleep Disorder Center/Clinic & APA Mind games paired with PRITE/ABPNteaching.

Meet Our Team

Suzanna Kitten, MD, FAPA
Administration
Program Director
Feiteng Su, MD
Administration
Associate Program Director (OSF)
Ashley Harmon, MD
Administration
Associate Program Director (VA)
Benjamin C. Gersh, MD
Administration
Associate Program Director (Carle)
Muge Dizen, PhD
Administration
Associate Director of Research
Sarah Cervenka
Administration
Program Coordinator
Charles K. Hawley, MD, JD
Core Faculty
Gerald M. Welch, MD
Core Faculty
James M. Whisenand, MD
Core Faculty
Hudson Riehl, PhD
Core Faculty
Sari Gilman Aronson, MD, MS
Faculty
Roselin Arunachalam, MD
Faculty
Lawrence L. Jeckel, MD
Faculty
Arthur R. Traugott, MD
Faculty
Sudha Uppuluri, MD
Faculty
Arden Davis Barnett, Jr., MD
Faculty
Katherine Kwiatkowski, MD
Faculty
Amy Hilty, MD
Faculty
Timothy G. Roberts, MD
Faculty
Mercy Eigbike, MD
Resident
PGY-3
Jennifer Laprise, MD
Resident
PGY-4
Bienvenu Songo Nzinga, MD
Resident
PGY-4
Chriss Mulumba, MD
Resident
PGY-3
Kristopher Poliakiwski, MD
Resident
PGY-3
Ryan Sarsfield, MD
Resident
PGY-3
David Krone, MD
Resident
PGY-3
Luke Pro, MD
Resident
PGY-2
Brian Tong, MD
Resident
PGY-2
Maria Baig, MD
Resident
PGY-2
Dawn Ramdas, DO
Resident
PGY-2
Brandon Brown, MD
Resident
PGY-2
Christina Farag, MD
Resident
PGY-1
Keerthi Reddy, MD
Resident
PGY-1
Kort Knous, MD
Resident
PGY-1
George Massey, MD
Resident
PGY-1

How to Apply


Thank you for your interest in the Psychiatry Residency Program at Carle Foundation Hospital. The Psychiatry Residency Program participates in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) and only accepts applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Check our Frequently Asked Questions page. 


Application Submission

  • Applicants must apply through ERAS
  • Email, paper or faxed documentation cannot be accepted and is not reviewed
  • Submission deadline is November 15
  • Our ACGME Program ID is 4001600306
  • Our NRMP number: 1226400C0
  • Applications are welcomed from U.S. and International medical school graduates (J1 visas accepted).
Application Criteria 

A complete application includes:

  • A curriculum vitae (CV)
  • A photograph
  • A Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MPSE), Dean’s letter from the candidate’s medical school, or equivalent
  • At least three letters of recommendation (waived letters)
  • A personal statement
  • Medical school transcript
  • United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Scores/Transcripts for steps 1 and 2:
    • Psychiatry Residency does not publish minimum score requirements
    • COMLEX scores are accepted in lieu of USMLE for Osteopathic students
Interviews

  • Interviews, by invitation only, are typically held mid-October through December
  • Invitations to interview are offered via ERAS
  • Typically, interview candidates are invited to attend an optional dinner with residents from the Psychiatry program
  • The typical interview is with three faculty members
  • Preference for interviews is given to candidates who have:
    • Passed the USMLE exams with no failures
    • USMLE transcripts documenting completion of Step 2 CS and CK must be available by February 1 prior to the NRMP Match (example: USMLE transcripts documenting CS and CK must be available in ERAS by February 1, 2018 for the match in 2018)
    • Graduated from medical school within the past four years
    • U.S. clinical experience required, e.g. clinical observership or externship
    • The ability to meet Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation's requirements for Physician Temporary Licensure. This includes the ability to:
      • Document at least four weeks of psychiatry rotation(s) in medical school
  • Without exception, international candidates must be Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certified by February 1 prior to the NRMP Match (example: candidates will need to be ECFMG certified by February 1, 2018 for the match in 2018)
Please note that this information may be subject to change.

If you have any questions regarding our program or the application process, please contact us at PsychRP@carle.com.