Applicant Info

General Requirements

Thank you for your interest in the Psychiatry Residency Program at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign in association with 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:

  • Begins when ERAS opens on September 15th;
    • Applicants must apply through ERAS
    • Email, paper or faxed documentation cannot be accepted and is not reviewed
  • Submission deadline is November 15th;
  • Our ACGME Program ID is 4001600306
  • Our NRMP numbers:
    • Categorical program: 2046400C0
  • Applications are welcomed from U.S. and International medical school graduates (J1 Status Only).

Application Criteria - A complete application includes:

  • A curriculum vitae (CV);
  • A photograph;
  • A personal statement;
  • A Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE), Dean's letter from the candidate's medical school, or equivalent;
  • At least three (3) letters of recommendation (waived letters);
  • Medical School Transcript; and,
  • United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Scores/Transcripts for Steps 1 & 2
    • Psychiatry Residency does not publish minimum score requirements
    • COMLEX scores are accepted in lieu of USMLE for Osteopathic students


  • Interviews, which are by invitation only, are held mid-October through January;
  • Invitations to interview are offered via email; interviews are then self-scheduled through an on-line portal;
  • Historically, the interview calendar fills by the end of November. This is invitation-only. waiting list is maintained, with openings filled on a first-come first-served basis;
  • Interview candidates are invited to attend an optional dinner with current House Staff the evening prior to the interview;
  • The typical interview day begins at 8:30 am and typically includes:
    • A short presentation by the program Director
    • Interviews with three faculty members
    • Hospital tours
    • Additional opportunities to interact with House Staff
    • 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 1st 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 4 years;
  • U.S. clinical experience preferred, 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 4 weeks of psychiatry rotation(s) in medical school;
    • Obtain continuing medical education credits in a timely fashion if necessary.
  • Without exception, international candidates must be Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certified by February 1st prior to the NRMP Match (example: candidates will need to be ECFMG certified by February 1, 2018 for the Match in 2018);
  • The ability to drive to all three training sites by the first day of residency.
Please note that this information may be subject to change.

Interview Information

Once an interview time has been confirmed, lodging arrangements can be made at any area hotel. You are responsible for reservations and payment of your hotel accommodations. Please note that a block of rooms have been reserved at the Hyatt Place if you decide to choose to stay at Hyatt which is near the pre-interview dinner restaurant. Here is a short list of reasonably priced hotels for your convenience:

Hyatt Place Champaign/Urbana
217 N. Neil Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Tel: (217) 531-2804 (direct line)

Complimentary Shuttle
Complimentary Breakfast

America’s Best Inn
409 West University
Urbana, IL
Includes Breakfast
No Shuttle
Eastland Suites
1907 N. Cunningham Ave
Urbana, IL
Hampton Inn at U of I
1200 West University Ave
Urbana, IL
No Shuttle
Hawthorne Suites
101 Trade Centre Dr
Champaign, IL
Holiday Inn
1001 Killarney St.
Urbana, IL
Shuttle Available
Hyatt Place Champaign/Urbana
217 N. Neil Street
Champaign, IL
1900 South First
Champaign, IL
Complimentary Breakfast
Complimentary Shuttle
Ramada Inn
902 W. Killarney St
Urbana, IL
Complimentary Hot Breakfast
No Shuttle
Sleep Inn
1908 North Lincoln
Urbana, IL
Complimentary Breakfast
No Shuttle

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