You may wonder, "What kind of trainee does Duke attract? Would I fit in?"
We value diversity, and we are proud to train residents from all sorts of backgrounds with many different interests, both personal and professional. Out of every graduating class, some trainees choose careers in academics and/or research, others go on to fellowship training, and some establish or join private practices. Whatever they pursue, our graduates are well prepared to take excellent care of patients.
Web Content for Duke Psychiatry trainees is also available on the department blog. You can visit the blog here: https://sites.duke.edu/dukepsychiatry/wp-login.php (Note: To access the blog, you will need to connect with your Duke ID and password.)
The Duke Volunteer Psychiatric Homeless Clinic is a volunteer clinic run by Duke Psychiatry residents and staffed by Duke Psychiatry Attendings. It was started thanks to the hard work of one of our former residents, Monica Slubicki, MD. This clinic primarily serves members of the Durham community who are homeless and have poor access to mental health care. The clinic is held on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:30pm. We would for you to join us in volunteering your time--the clinic survives with your help!
When you are ready to sign up, please go to this website.
Please contact Nora Dennis, PGY3 Psychiatry, for any further questions.
"I have enjoyed my time working at the Lincoln Clinic at Urban Ministries Shelter. It is a way to prevent our patients from 'falling through the cracks' as well as teaching systems-of-are issues to the residents who volunteer. It is a fun and beneficial learning experience for all!" Eric Christopher, MD
A message about the clinic from John Beyer, MD:
"In 2008, our residents began volunteering their time conducting a psychiatric assessment clinic for the homeless shelter in downtown Durham each Thursday evening. This program is sponsored by the Lincoln Community Center, though the residents have taken the lead in coordinating the services. They have selflessly given of their time, on top of all their other Duke responsibilities, to provide this service to some of the neediest in Durham. However, the clinic can only be run if there is an attending psychiatrist willing to be present to staff and discuss the cases with the residents. This past year, Eric Christopher and David Steffens took the lead for our psychiatric faculty.
We are now able to open this opportunity for voluntary service to the whole psychiatric faculty again. Each willing faculty member would be accredited by Lincoln Community Center and volunteer a few days each year to provide coverage. This would entail supervising one to four patient assessments each evening with the residents who see the patient and signing off on their work. The usual time involvement is about two hours (6:00-8:00pm). Nursing and social work care is present on site, if needed. I recommend this service to each our you as a member of our community and a part of our residency training program. For many of you, this may be one of the few interactions you may have to share your clinical expertise with our fine residents. For many of our patients, it is one of the few portals through which they can access psychiatric care.
Please contract me or Eric Christopher if you would like more information on this experience."