The Psychiatry Interest Group allows Duke medical students to explore areas of psychiatry beyond the formal curriculum. In semi-monthly lunch hour meetings, a current faculty member gives a short presentation and takes student's questions. Recent speakers have included Sarah "Holly" Lisanby, MD, Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Duke Med graduate, on ECT and newer treatments for depression; Dan Blazer, MD, PhD, former interim Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Dean of medical education at Duke University School of Medicine, on geriatric psychiatry; and Kafui Dzirasa, MD, PhD, graduate of Duke's medical scientist training program, on psychiatric research opportunities.
Future meetings will explore diverse subject areas such as eating disorders, perinatal psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, global mental health, mental health policy and forensic psychiatry. For more information about the psychiatry student interest group, contact faculty advisor, Damon Tweedy, MD.
The Behavioral Neurosciences Study Program (BSP), led by Andrew Krystal, MD, is designed to help third year medical students obtain an integrative understanding of the basic processes underlying normal and pathological human and laboratory animal behavior. The course and preceptorship offerings familiarize students with significant developments in the behavioral neurosciences, investigative methodology used to examine human behavior and its neurobiological underpinnings, and the application of these findings to medicine.