Highlights of Duke Psychiatry—at a Glance


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 Highlights of Duke Psychiatry—at a Glance

Evidence-Based Medicine

  • A culture of EBM exists in a variety of disciplines at Duke
  • Trainees are given the opportunity to learn extensive, practical skills to prepare for lifelong learning, specifically in:
    • information technology
    • critical appraisal
    • medical decision-making
  • There is a critical mass of attendings and supervisors who use EBM to assess treatment decisions
  • There is an opportunity to apply for tuition support to participate in the annual Duke Evidence-Based Medicine Workshop: Teaching, Leading and Championing Evidence-Based Medicine


Quality Improvement

  • Duke Psychiatry residents have been at the forefront of patient safety and quality improvement efforts in the Duke Psychiatry Emergency Unit and have collaborated to make a difference
  • Faculty development, patient safety, and learning from “good catches” or “near misses” is a priority of the educational program
  • Trainees have the opportunity to apply for the institutionally-sponsored concentration in Patient Safety and Quality


Psychotherapy Training

  • Interns begin to learn basic psychotherapy tools early in the didactic curriculum
  • Duke Psychiatry offers live psychotherapy supervision behind a one-way mirror starting in the PGY2 year
  • The Duke Center for Child and Family Studies provides a rich educational opportunity (required for PGY3 residents) in couples and family therapy with live supervision and team work
  • Clinical psychology faculty members offer “practicum” electives for additional direct supervision of cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, acceptance and commitment therapy, and others
  • Residents have access to patients with great potential for therapy—including managed care patients and Duke students
  • Personal psychotherapy (for residents) is accessible through generous mental healthcare benefits with excellent community therapists


Exposure to Cutting-Edge Neuromodulatory Therapies

  • Duke's Electroconvulsive Therapy treatment program is well-known for clinical and educational activities
  • The Duke Institute for Brain Stimulation provides clinical- and research-based therapies for treatment-resistant depression and other disorders
  • Opportunities are available for residents to learn and to get involved in science and clinical care


Program Breadth and Opportunity

  • Faculty maintain multiple electives and opportunities for individualized learning
  • Duke offers a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship and a Geriatric Psychiatry fellowship
  • The combined Medicine-Psychiatry training program and faculty members who are jointly trained (Medicine-Psychiatry, Family Medicine-Psychiatry, Peds-Psych-Child Psych, Neurology-Psychiatry) provide opportunities to explore models of collaborative and integrated behavioral health care


Institutionally-Supported Opportunities for Professional Development

Duke GME Concentrations provide critical content to better prepare physicians for practice in the current and future health care system. Four Concentrations are offered as an optional  "minor" for residents and fellows (PGY level 2 and above) across specialties at Duke. 

            Fall, 2014 GME Concentration Orientation Session -- multidisciplinary concentrations include: 

  • Resident as Teacher
  • Patient Safety & Quality Improvement
  • Law, Ethics & Health Policy
  • Leaders in Medicine

The ICGME also offers, in collaboration with the Duke Office for Clinical Research, training sessions for residents and fellows interested in learning more about clinical research and how to do it.


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