Didactic Curriculum

Didactic Curriculum

Protected time for didactic learning takes place on Tuesday afternoons—i.e., Academic Half-Day—throughout the entire four years of training. Academic Half-Days are comprised of several components, including courses, weekly conferences and site-specific conferences.

Academic Half-Day Schedule

Academic Half-Day courses address key topics in residents’ development as psychiatrists, ranging from systems to various psychotherapies to ethics. They vary in length from one to twelve months. See below to learn about the specific curriculum for each year of the residency.

PGY1

  • Biological Psychiatry (BIOPSY) (10 months)
  • Basics of Acute Care Psychiatry (2 months)
  • Introduction to Acute Care Interviewing (1 month)
  • Motivational Interviewing (1 month)
  • Evidence-Based Medicine (2 months)
  • Foundations of Psychotherapy (4 months)
  • Residents as Teachers (1 month)
  • Human Development (3 months)
  • Intern Process Group (10 months)

 

PGY2

  • Biological Psychiatry (10 months)
  • Community & Social Psychiatry (3 months)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills (2 months)
  • Evidence-Based Medicine/Quality Improvement (1 month)
  • Introduction to Outpatient Psychiatry (6 months)
  • Law and Psychiatry (4 months)
  • Mental Health at the End of Life (1 month)
  • Psychiatric Ethics (1 month)
  • Sexuality (1 month)
  • Social Determinants of Mental Health (1 month)
  • Systems Crash Course (1 month)

 

PGY3

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (2 months)
  • Biological Psychiatry (12 months)
  • Career Series (2 months)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (2 months)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (2 months)
  • History of Psychiatry (2 months)
  • Interdisciplinary Approaches to Trauma (2 months)
  • Introduction to Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (6 months)
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (6 months)

Continuing Comparative Case Conference (monthly throughout year)
 

PGY4

  • Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (2 months)
  • Biological Psychiatry (12 months)
  • Capstone (2 months)
  • Career Series II (1 month)
  • Eating Disorders (2 months)
  • Integrated Behavioral Healthcare (2 months)
  • Introduction to Scholarship (1 month)
  • Mental Health & Culture (3 months)
  • Neuroscience, Philosophy and Psychotherapy (2 months)
  • Prescribing Wisely (1 month)
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (6 months)

Continuing Comparative Case Conference (monthly throughout year)

View the residency electives.

Weekly Conferences

Weekly conferences include:

Duke also provides many opportunities for interdepartmental collaboration and committee participation for interested residents.