Stephen Soltys, MD
Stephen Soltys, MD
Director,
Psychiatry Residency
Training Program

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Santosh Shrestha, MD
Santosh Shrestha, MD
Associate Director
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Questions? Contact...
Vivian Smith
vsmith@siumed.edu
Residency Program Coordinator
(217) 545-7627

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Application Requirements

Thank you for your interest in the Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry residency training program in Springfield, Illinois.

  1. Applications must be received by the residency training office by October 30th of the year prior to the starting year.
  2. Interviews are generally scheduled on Fridays from November through January. Interviews last the entire day to allow candidates the opportunity to meet with a number of faculty and residents and to visit various clinical sites.
  3. Final selection decisions are made by the Psychiatry Residency Admissions Committee (PRAC).
  4. Preference will be given to applicants who have graduated from accredited national or international medical schools within the past seven years. However, if your graduation has not been within the last seven years but you have post-graduate training in psychiatry, your application may still be considered if other requirements are met.
  5. Participate in ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service).
  6. USMLE scores of 10 points above minimum passing and COMLEX scores of 80 or above. However, if your scores are lower than the minimum and you have post-graduate training or experience in psychiatry, your application may still be considered.
  7. Three letters of recommendation from physicians (at least two of which must be from a psychiatrist with whom you have worked clinically).
  8. Dean's letter
  9. Transcript
  10. Step 1 and both parts of Step 2 must be passed within the first two attempts.
  11. Passing Step 3 is preferred, but not required.
  12. United States clinical experience in psychiatry or previous postgraduate training in psychiatry is preferred, but not required.
  13. Foreign citizens, who wish to enter the United States for postgraduate training, must comply with United States immigration laws in addition to following the application procedures described above. Foreign medical school graduates should contact the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 215-386-5900) for details concerning their requirements. We do not sponsor H-1B visas.
  14. A strong command of the English language is a prerequisite.
    • During the interview process, a pre-test is administered to determine the applicant's psychological mindedness towards the problems described by a patient with mental illness.

Positions Offered
Four categorical positions are offered each resident year.

Combined Programs
The Department of Psychiatry in combination with the Department of Internal Medicine offers an accredited five-year program in Medicine-Psychiatry. For more information, contact the Residency Office at (217) 545-4234.

Patient Population
Primary service area - Springfield and vicinity (population 160,000)
Referral area - Central and Southern Illinois (population 2,000,000)
Residents care for patients from all socioeconomic, race, gender, and age groups
For more information on anything listed above, please contact the Residency Office at (217) 545-7627.

Supervision
Direct, group, and individual supervision is provided to psychiatric residents throughout the duration of the residency training. In addition to direct supervision with clinical rotation supervisors, residents meet for at least two hours weekly with training faculty for direct supervision as part of their ongoing participation in the Psychiatry outpatient clinic. Two types of outpatient supervision are provided; faculty psychiatrists provide direct medication management and combined psychopharmacology and psychotherapy supervision, and allied mental health and psychiatric faculty provide direct, individual psychotherapy supervision. Videotaped sessions and direct video monitoring are frequently used modalities to enhance the supervisory process. Supervisors are rotated annually or semi-annually offering residents a balance of continuity and diversity in their educational experience.

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