Didactic Curriculum

3 residents in Academic Half Day
Three trainees attending Academic Half-Day.

Protected time for didactic learning (“Academic Half-Day”) takes place on Tuesday afternoons throughout the entire four years of training. Academic Half-Days are comprised of several components, including courses, weekly conferences and site-specific conferences. We aim for a mix of classes learning alone and inter-class educational experiences.

Academic Half-Day

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.

  • Acute Care Interviewing (1 month)
  • Clinical Case Series, including Cultural Formulation Interview (1 month)
  • DEI Series: Structural Competencies (1 month)
  • Foundations of Psychiatry (12 months)
  • Geriatric Psychiatry and Aging (2 months)
  • Human Development (3 months)
  • Intern Process Group (11 months)
  • Mindfulness and Burnout (0.5 months)
  • Motivational Interviewing (1 month)
  • Psychotherapy in Acute Care Settings (2 months)
  • Residents as Teachers (2 months)
  • Site-Specific Clinical Introductory Series (1 month)
  • Art of the Psychiatric Consult (3 months)
  • Biological Psychiatry (BIOPSY) (10 months)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (2 months)
  • Community & Social Psychiatry (3 months)
  • DEI Series: Social Determinants of Mental Health (1 month)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills (2 months)
  • Foundations of Psychotherapy (3 months)
  • Introduction to Outpatient Psychiatry (1 month)
  • Law and Psychiatry (4 months)
  • Quality Improvement / Patient Safety (2 months)
  • PGY2 Process Group (12 months)
  • Psychiatric Ethics (1 month)
  • Recovery Model for Treatment of Psychosis Through the Lifetime (1 month)
  • Sexuality and Gender (1 month)
  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (2 months)
  • Attachment and Trauma (1 month)
  • Biological Psychiatry (BIOPSY) (12 months)
  • Career Series I (2 months)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (1 months)
  • Continuous Case Conference (4 months)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (2 months)
  • History of Psychiatry (2 months)
  • Interdisciplinary Approaches to Trauma (2 months)
  • Introduction to Psychodynamic Psychotherapy - Technique (6 months)
  • Palliative Care and Psychiatry (1 month)
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy I (6 months)
  • Quality and Patient Safety (1 month)
  • Substance Use Disorders (1.5 months)
  • Writing Seminar (1 month)
  • Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (2 months)
  • Advanced Topics in Community and Social Psychiatry (2 months)
  • Advanced Topics in Psychiatry (3 months)
  • Biological Psychiatry (12 months)
  • Capstone (2 months)
  • Career Series II (1 month)
  • Consolidations of Psychiatry: PGY4→1 teaching experience (4 months) 
  • Continuous Case Conference (4 months)
  • DEI Series (Anti-Racism, DEI in psychotherapy) (2 months)
  • Eating Disorders (2 months)
  • Neuroscience, Philosophy & Psychotherapy (2 months)
  • Perinatal Psychiatry (1 month)
  • Prescribing Wisely (1 month)
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy II (6 months)
  • Research Literacy (1 month)
  • QI (Incident Review, PDSA Cycle Project Review) (1 month)
  • DEI Series (Race as a social construct, Intro to Durham’s History)
  • Special Residency Education Days (Global Mental Health, DEI, Resident-Led Contest)
  • Residency Elective Fair, Residency Retreat, Class Feedback Exercise
  • Approaches to Inpatient Opiate Use Disorders

Weekly conferences include:

  • Chair’s Conference
  • Med-Psych Conference
  • Psychiatry Grand Rounds
  • VA Evidence-Based Medicine Conference
  • Site-Specific Educational Conferences

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