Didactics Curriculum

Didactics Curriculum

We believe protected academic time—a block of time each week dedicated to teaching, learning and reflection—is critical to the development of a child and adolescent psychiatrist. In both Year 1 and Year 2, fellows and faculty participate in a weekly Academic Half Day in which fellows do not have clinical responsibilities.

Academic Half Day

Academic Half Day—the time the curriculum is taught—taps into a range of teaching approaches, including case-based seminars presented by fellows, faculty lectures, journal club and professional development seminars. Academic Half Day draws lecturers from the department’s faculty as well as from across Duke. 

Lecture modules span human development, forensics, pre-school, consultation, systems-based practice, neurophysiology and psychopharmacology. We also offer lectures on special topics including ethics and teaching adult learners.