Categorical Psychiatry Residency

Categorical Psychiatry Residency

The Duke psychiatry residency program is a part of the Duke University Health System, a nationally ranked academic medical center and one of the most sophisticated centers in the world for medical education. Psychiatry residents receive broad-based training with an emphasis on the biopsychosocial model of mental illness. 
Trainees are encouraged to pursue a balanced education, integrating theoretical and scientific understandings of psychiatry. Residents learn through clinical experiences at various training sites in a range of healthcare delivery settings, and through lecture-based and interactive learning experiences offered in academic half-day sessions by leaders in the field.

Training Sites

Located in Durham, North Carolina, Duke has three hospitals: Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, and Duke Raleigh Hospital. The psychiatry residency program is closely affiliated with the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VA) and Central Regional Hospital, a North Carolina state psychiatric hospital. 

Requirements and Electives

The program is considered a “front-loaded” program in which acute care requirements are completed in the first two years. Elective experiences and psychotherapy supervision are particular strengths of the program. Trainees interested in pursuing research find ample elective time in the third and fourth years, along with many eager faculty mentors participating in ground-breaking research, thought-provoking inquiry, and advocacy.

Clinical Collaboration

In recent years, the Department has collaborated with other departments to provide stepped care with a case manager in the Medicine training clinic (the "Homebase Program”), psycho-oncology services at the Duke Cancer Center, transplant psychiatry services in the renowned Duke transplant services, and collaborative care in the Duke Emergency Department. Quality improvement activities initiated and implemented by residents have shaped many of the collaborations and enhancements in the delivery of healthcare at Duke.