Fellowships

Duke Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences offers two ACGME-accredited fellowship programs: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry. Divisions in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences may provide short-term educational programs or fellowships throughout the year.  For more information about those opportunities, which are not associated with formal accreditation, please visit division pages on the website.

Duke Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences also offers a postdoctoral Clinical Psychology Fellowship Program for clinical psychologists.

Learn more about the Clinical Psychology Fellowship

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship

The mission of the Duke University Hospital-Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training Program is “To train leaders in clinical and academic psychiatry with an emphasis on integrating an evidenced-based approach to care for children and adolescents.”  Our focus is on the development of clinical experts in child and adolescent psychiatry. Our fellows take part in a variety of clinical opportunities to establish a solid learning experience in core competencies.  Each trainee is encouraged to pursue electives to further refine and develop individual career interests.  Research opportunities are readily available throughout the fellowship.   

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Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship

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.  and formal didactics through a comprehensive conference/seminar program.  Fellows also benefit from opportunities for supervised participation in funded clinical research projects in aging. 

The fellowship program emphasizes scholarship and self-instruction.  Fellows are encouraged to acquire knowledge and clinical skills in geriatric psychiatry with an emphasis on biopsychosocial concepts and an interdisciplinary approach to assessment and management; and promote development of leadership and skills for educating other health professionals. Each component of the curriculum includes program and performance evaluations in areas corresponding to the program objectives.

The training program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) so that upon successful completion of the one-year program, fellows may take the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology exam in Geriatric Psychiatry.

Beyond the first year, fellows may do an additional year of training in clinical research under the mentorship of our research faculty. The format offers flexibility allowing participants to customize their training experience according to their personal career goals.

 

Clinical Training

Clinical training occurs over 12 months in broadly 3 blocks of 4 months duration, each spent primarily (but not exclusively) at Duke University Medical Center, Durham VA Medical Center, and Central Regional Hospital (CRH) in Butner, NC.

Duke University Medical Center (4 month block):

Memory Disorders Clinic: 20%
Neuropsychological Assessment Clinic: 20%
Geriatric Evaluation and Treatment Clinic: 5%
VA Geriatric Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic: 5%
ECT Service at Duke: 10%
Research/ Elective: 10%
Psychiatric Outpatient Clinic: 10%
Nursing Home Rotation: 20%

 

Durham VA Medical Center (4 month block):

Geriatric Consult-Liaison and Pain and Palliative Care consultation: 70%
Geriatric Evaluation and Treatment Clinic: 5%
VA Geriatric Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic: 5%
ECT Service at Duke: 10%
Psychiatric Outpatient Clinic: 10%

 

Central Regional Hospital, Butner, NC (4 month block):

Inpatient CRH: 90%
Psychiatric Outpatient Clinic: 10%

 

Key Strengths of Our Program

  1. A great mix of inpatient and outpatient rotations across three healthcare delivery systems, including a leading university affiliated medical center, a VA system, and a state psychiatric hospital.
  2. ECT rotation at one of the best ECT programs in the country, leading to ECT certification.
  3. Group psychotherapy supervision for therapy with older adults.
  4. Mentoring in research is available to fellows and the majority of our fellows present at the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry meeting, or co-author peer-reviewed publications.

 

How to apply for the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship

We will only consider candidates who will be eligible for a Residency Training License in the State of North Carolina (see eligibility requirements here)

Required application materials:

  • Completed Application
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation (At least one from residency training director or chair)
  • Medical school transcript
  • USMLE (Step 1, Step 2, and Step 3) score transcript (all attempts, all scores)
  • Sample patient encounter note (For purposes of legal compliance, private patient details should be de-identified)
  • Additional documents may be requested in the future by the Graduate Medical Education office

Please note that the program does not support any visas (only US citizens and green card holders need apply).

Interviews

The Geriatric Fellowship Selection Committee will interview applicants from the summer through the fall. To accommodate special circumstances, interviews can be set up at other times during the year.

We look forward to seeing you during the coming months!

Contact Information

Program Training Director
DUMC Box 3837
Durham, NC 27710
(919) 684-2258
 

What Made You Choose Duke? An Interview with former Geriatric Fellow, Matt Warren, MD

 

Once I decided to do a fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry, I began with the ACGME website to see a list of all the current available programs.I was looking for one with an excellent academic reputation, a breadth of variety in training settings, outstanding teachers and access to top researchers in the field.Duke certainly met all these criteria.Furthermore, my wife and I wanted to live in a part of the country where we would enjoy being for a year but also consider staying afterwards.The Triangle area (Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill) is absolutely wonderful.It has four seasons, a low cost of living and quick access to beaches and mountains.We have sincerely enjoyed our time here.