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The educational mission of the Duke University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is clear: to provide lifelong educational activities for students, clinicians and investigators. We have created an exceptional educational environment in which we offer training at every level of professional development, with the goal of training clinicians and investigators for the challenges of the twenty-first century.

 Our psychiatry, psychology and social work trainees have opportunities to specialize, pursue unique interests and develop as exceptional clinicians, teachers, and leaders in academia and in the community. The necessary close relationship between our training programs and those in other medical specialties is highlighted by a joint medicine/psychiatry residency program and programs in medical psychology, which focus upon behavioral interventions for chronic medical illnesses. Across the board, our training programs are nationally recognized for their excellence.

Training programs in the department take advantage of a broad range of clinical settings, research labs and technology-based teaching aids. The cornerstone of training, however, is mentorship of trainees by experienced clinicians and investigators, relationships that continue for many years beyond formal training. Through these resources, we seek to ensure that students at all levels are well prepared as clinicians and investigators, equipped to provide comprehensive mental health care and poised to launch successful academic careers.
 
We also take seriously our commitment to ongoing training of faculty. Our continuing education programs for physicians, psychologists and other mental health providers are broad in scope and include a vibrant series of Grand Rounds presentations given by experts drawn from both the Duke faculty and from other institutions. Each program seeks to improve the knowledge and skills of our faculty while providing the certification necessary to maintain professional credentialing.
 
We are proud of our educational programming, and we invite you to explore the many facets of this vital mission.
 
Adrian Angold, MBBS, MRCPsych
Vice Chair, Education