Santosh Shrestha, MD
Santosh Shrestha, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry & Director, Psychiatry Residency Training Program
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Laura Shea, MD
Laura Shea, MD
Associate Director,
Psychiatry Residency
Training Program

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Questions? Contact...
Vivian Smith
Residency Program Coordinator
(217) 545-7627

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General Information for Residents

Rotation Grid

First Year Resident

  • Primary Care: 4 months
  • Adult Inpatient Psychiatry: 8 months
  • Acute Care Psychiatric Clinic: 4 months (once per week - every Tuesday afternoon supervised by an attending)

Second Year Resident

  • Adult Inpatient/Rural or Urban: 2.5 months
  • Child and Adolescent Inpatient: 2 months
  • Community Psychiatry: 1 month
  • Center for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders: 2 weeks
  • Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry: 2 months
  • ECT: 1 month
  • Neurology: 2 months
  • Substance Abuse: 1 month

Third Year Resident

  • Outpatient Psychiatry: 12 months
    • Geriatric Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic: 6 months
    • Child and Adolescent Outpatient Clinic: 6 months
    • Forensic Clinic
    • New Patient Evaluation and Disposition Conference
    • Acute Care Clinic
    • Neurology/Psychiatry Morning Report - every Thursday morning
    • Consultation clinics

Fourth Year Resident

  • Adult Inpatient Chief Resident: 3 months
  • Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry: 1 month
  • Electives: 8 months

Psychiatry residents while rotating on psychiatric services will cover the inpatient psychiatric services, the emergency departments, seclusion and restraint evaluations, and emergent consultation-liaison requests during the on-call period. Residents work in concert with the emergency department staff and the Psychiatric Response Team (PRT) personnel to provide psychiatric consultation and management routinely until 9:00 pm each night. Psychiatry residents take call from home, but there are call rooms available within the affiliated hospitals for those residents wishing to stay there.

First Year

  • Shadows senior call until 9:00 p.m. 5 nights per month

Second Year

  • Psychiatry call from home: 4-5 nights per month

Third Year

  • Psychiatry call from home: 3-4 nights per month

Fourth Year

  • No call


  • Health insurance is available at a minimal charge; optional family plan can be purchased.
  • Dental coverage is provided for the resident and family at a small fee.
  • Basic life insurance is provided at no cost; additional coverage may be purchased.
  • Basic disability insurance is provided at no cost; additional disability insurance is available.
  • Professional Liability insurance is provided through the employing hospital.

All residents/fellows may be permitted up to:

  • Three weeks of vacation
  • Two weeks of sick leave
  • One week of educational leave
  • Three calendar days of bereavement leave

Resident Vacation Policy


There is a wide variety of affordable housing in all areas of town. Past arrangements made by SIU residents include apartment or house rental and/or purchase of a condominium or house.

Please contact the Residency Office for further information at (217) 545-7627.


The formal educational curriculum features regularly scheduled seminars, case conferences, and presentations that run throughout the year. Seminars follow a format that can be lecture based, experiential, or resident directed in keeping with the educational approach of the School and of the department that active learning is most effective, and that all of us are lifelong learners. All residents participate in a journal club, an evidence-based psychiatry case conference, a psychotherapy case conference, and a mock board each month. All residents are encouraged to attend special conferences and workshops that are periodically available within the Springfield area and financing is made available to residents for travel to and from national conferences. Residents participate each year in presenting at grand rounds to the department, school, and interested public.

SIU School of Medicine was one of the first programs in the country to institute a universal issues curriculum for the residency training programs. This is an annual sequence of presentations open to faculty and residents in which residents of all specialties meet and learn about issues that are common to all specialties, such as ethics, medical economics, lifelong learning and teaching skills, and practice management.

Our core seminar series is designed and timed to support the residents' level of training and experience.

Internal Medicine / Psychiatry - (website)

Division of Medicine Psychiatry

Medicine Psychiatry is a branch of medicine which provides care to the patients with problems at the interface of adult general medicine and adult psychiatry. Patients, for whom we care, are afforded a high level of care that can encompass primary care delivery, psychiatric care or a combination of both.

Our goal is to provide and advance quality health care to patients with psychiatric, medical and combined illness while assisting in the improvement of skill and knowledge of the residents and students we teach.

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