What to Expect
Clinical training occurs over 12 months in three 4-months blocks, each spent primarily (but not exclusively) at Duke University Medical Center, Durham VA Medical Center, and Central Regional Hospital (CRH) in Butner, NC. A continuity clinic of older adult psychiatry patients as well as didactics and seminars run throughout the year.
Rotations are available at Duke include Memory Disorders Clinic, neuropsychological assessment clinic, Geriatric Evaluation and Treatment Clinic, ECT, private nursing home consults, consultation-liaison psychiatry with older adults, and population health based psychiatric consultation for community dwelling older adults.
The Durham VA Medical Center is located directly across the street from Duke’s main hospital. In addition to the teaching hospital itself, DVAMC has an on-site skilled nursing facility and multiple community-based clinics. Electives available to fellows at DVAMC include consult-liaison psychiatry, general geriatric outpatient clinics (stand alone and with geriatric medicine), specialized geriatric outpatient clinics (such as movement disorder clinic) home visits with teams supporting community dwelling veterans, pre-surgical evaluation of older adults, and interdisciplinary team rounds.
Central Regional Hospital (CRH) is one of three state psychiatric hospitals in North Carolina. CRH provides care throughout the life-span and includes a specialized geriatric services unit. Fellows rotate through the geriatric unit.