The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, in cooperation with the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, offers a 12-month training program in geriatric psychiatry. Trainees learn to provide direct patient care, function in the role of consultant, interpret research findings, and serve as educators in the subspecialty of geriatric psychiatry. Fellows learn from supervised clinical training in interdisciplinary inpatient, outpatient, and long-term care settings as well as formal didactics through a comprehensive conference/seminar program. Fellows also benefit from opportunities for supervised participation in funded clinical research projects in aging.
Key Strengths of Our Program
A wide range of expertise is available to Duke geriatric psychiatry fellows including electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) training at the best ECT program in the country, individual and group psychotherapy supervision for specialized treatment of older adults, meaningful participation in cutting edge programs ranging from in-home care of patients to population level consultation in geriatric psychiatry.
Duke geriatric psychiatry fellows have a high level of flexibility in their rotations. Fellows successfully finishing training at Duke are eligible to take the exam for added qualifications. Aside from the requirements for accreditation, there are few service requirements in the fellowship, leaving ample time for a broad training in geriatric psychiatry or a more specialized focus if desired.