Residencies > Psychiatry > Observership


Thank you for your interest in our Psychiatry Observership Program. As we are in the busy months of residency recruitment, we will begin taking applications for Observerships in late March (week after Match Day) for the Observership Program, running April through August.

Please note that there is no monetary compensation for this experience; all related expenses, including travel, lodging and meals are at the discretion of the Observership participant.  Additionally, letters of recommendation cannot be requested by the observer, only offered by the preceptor.

Please check our Program Observership Details and Program Policies pages for more information.

We hope to hear back from you in March and we look forward to welcoming you to our community.

Thank you.
Benjamin C. Gersh, MD
Psychiatry Observership Program Director

Observership Details

Accepting Observership Applications a week after Match Day

Step #1:

For inquiries on our Psychiatry Observership, please contact Linda Stone, Program Coordinator at (preferred) or 217-383-4615 and e-mail the following documents for review/consideration for Observership candidacy by our Department Chair, Program Director and/or Observership Program Director:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Letters of recommendation (1-3)
  • References (3)
  • Board Scores, Class standing
  • Personal Statement
  • Photo

Step #2:

Letter of Acceptance/Agreement will be sent to the candidate for  signature once their documents are reviewed and approved. Acceptance may require a phone interview.

Step #3:

Upon receiving the signed Letter of Acceptance from the approved candidate, Psychiatry Residency Coordinator will then email the candidate’s signed letter of acceptance to each rotation site. The following documents will be required from the candidate by each rotation site. It is the responsibility of the Observer to complete and submit their information application to each rotation site after receiving the Letter of Offer for Observership. Please also note our Observership Policy.

Carle Foundation Hospital Requirements

It is the responsibility of the Observer to complete and submit their information application under the “Job Shadow” tab after receiving the Letter of Offer for Observership:

  • State issued/school ID or passport
  • Immunization Records: MMR, Varicella, 2-Step TB test within the year of observation), FLU shot if observation is between 12/1 – 5/31
  • Compliance Learning Module: In-person or online
  • Online background check ($35-$40)

Contact: Demario Turner, MPA, MBA
Contingent Labor/Volunteer Assistant
Human Resources – Volunteer Services
611 W. Park St.
Urbana, IL 61801
North Clinic West 1 Auxiliary/Volunteer Services 102
(217) 383-4653
Fax: (217) 326-1588

Carle Badge Pickup Hours:
Monday: 9 – 11 a.m.
Wednesday: 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 12 – 1 p.m.

First Day of Observership

  • Observer reports to Carle Volunteer Services for introduction meeting
  • Review of Compliance Requirements
  • Badging
  • Meet with Dr. Gersh for Orientation to Program

 Presence Covenant Medical Center Requirements

The approved candidate will read and sign the Presence Policy on Job Shadowers and Observers Not Covered Under Clinical Affiliation Agreement and Confidentiality Agreement and send via email the signed document together with health file, including current TB, MMR, Varicella, Hep B and flu vaccination.

Contact: T. Rebecca Collins-Kirby, CPCS
Medical Staff Coordinator
Presence Covenant Medical Center
1400 W. Park St.
Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 337-2270
Fax: (217) 337-2864

The Pavilion Requirements

Observers must sign a Confidentiality Form and share via email or in person.

Contact: Laurie Crabtree, MS
Director of Human Resources
The Pavilion Behavioral Health System
809 W. Church St.
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 373-1755
Fax: (217) 373-1463