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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 accredited General Surgery Residency, Internal Medicine and Family Medicine Residency Programs. 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.

GENERAL SALARY AND BENEFITS
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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 track 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 - 5% Research

  • Inpatient Psychiatry x5
  • Neuro Outpatient Psychiatry x2
  • Neuro Outpatient Psychiatry
  • Internal Medicine x2
  • Palliative Care
  • Pediatrics
  • Inpatient Electroconvulsive
  • Addiction Medicine
PGY2 - 7% Research

  • Community Resident Clinic x3
  • Emergency Psychiatry x2
  • Consult and Liaison x3
  • Quality x1
  • Inpatient Psychiatry x3
  • Child Inpatient x2
PGY3 - 8% Research

  • Outpatient Psychiatry
PGY4 - 10% Research

  • Community Integrated Care Clinic
  • Geriatric Psychiatry x2
  • PTSD Outpatient
  • Research
  • Administrative Psychiatry
  • Senior Inpatient x2
  • *Elective x5
*Electives - Neurostimulation Treatments, Advanced Addiction Psychiatry, Advanced Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT), Advanced Forensic Psychiatry, Pets-Pediatrics, 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, Sleep Disorder Center/Clinic & APA Mind games paired with PRITE teaching

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 and Staff

Roselin Arunachalam, MD

Faculty and Staff

Lawrence L. Jeckel, MD

Faculty and Staff

Arthur R. Traugott, MD

Faculty and Staff

Sudha Uppuluri, MD

Faculty and Staff

Arden Davis Barnett, Jr., MD

Faculty and Staff

Katherine Kwiatkowski, MD

Faculty and Staff

Amy Hilty, MD

Faculty and Staff

Timothy G. Roberts, MD

Faculty and Staff

Mercy Eigbike, MD

Resident

PGY-3

Umm-e-kulsoom Kazmi, MD

Resident

PGY-3

Jennifer Laprise, MD

Resident

PGY-3

Bienvenu Songo Nzinga, MD

Resident

PGY-3

Chriss Mulumba, MD

Resident

PGY-2

Kristopher Poliakiwski, MD

Resident

PGY-2

Ryan Sarsfield, MD

Resident

PGY-2

David Krone, MD

Resident

PGY-2

Luke Pro, MD

Resident

PGY-1

Brian Tong, MD

Resident

PGY-1

Maria Baig, MD

Resident

PGY-1

Dawn Ramdas, DO

Resident

PGY-1

Ashley Beitel, PhD

Non-Physician Core Faculty

Howard Berenbaum, PhD, BS

Non-Physician Core Faculty

Avis Bernstein, PhD

Non-Physician Core Faculty

Kelly Bradham, PhD, LCSW, MSW

Non-Physician Core Faculty

Robyn Gobin, PhD

Non-Physician Core Faculty

Linda Miller, MSW

Non-Physician Core Faculty

Jane Reid, PhD, LCSW, MSW

Non-Physician Core Faculty

Brent Roberts, PhD

Non-Physician Core Faculty

Karen Tabb, PhD, MSW

Non-Physician Core Faculty

Pamela A. Warren, PhD

Non-Physician Core Faculty

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 held mid-October through January
  • Invitations to interview are offered via ERAS
  • Interview candidates are invited to attend an optional dinner with residents from the Psychiatry program
  • The typical interview day begins at 8:30 a.m. and includes:
    • A short presentation by the program director
    • Interviews with three faculty members
    • Hospital tours
    • Additional opportunities to interact with residents
    • Lunch and exposure to an educational event
  • 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
    • The ability to drive to all three training sites.
  • 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.