Residency Program in Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine


Teaching in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine occurs at the bedside, in the conference room and in the lecture hall. All residents attend Grand Rounds bi-monthly, Journal Club monthly and service specific seminars as scheduled. One afternoon a week is dedicated to the core didactic curriculum and is taught by a variety of faculty members. Residents are released from clinical duties during formal didactic times and residents who are off service are also expected to attend. Seminars provide continuity across the entire educational experience and integrate learning about biological, dynamic and behavioral principles. Teaching is active and integral to each year of the residency program. Year specific curriculum can be reviewed at the PGY links in the menu on the right.

Grand Rounds during the months of June, July and August are dedicated to board review and are attended by all residents. Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA)s are completed on a quarterly basis during all four years of the curriculum, allowing residents to receive feedback in areas of interviewing skills, establishing rapport with patients, diagnostic assessment, formulation and treatment planning. The program insures that all residents have completed the American Board of Psychiatry requirements for CSAs by the end of PGY-2.

While the majority of the residents’ educational experiences occur at Vidant Medical Center and the Brody School of Medicine, they are afforded opportunities to work in several other interesting clinical sites. Addictions psychiatry is taught at a residential substance abuse treatment center and at a community based clinic with methodone and suboxone clinics and intensive Outpatient Program. The Department provides consultation in the ECU Student Health Center and residents can participate in this patient care experience. Residents have opportunities to work in the community psychiatry system in Washington, NC. Elective experiences are available at Veteran's Administration Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCS).

The Brody School of Medicine has a premier telemedicine program with connectivity across the eastern half of the state. Residents have opportunities to be involved in conferences, supervision and patient care via our telemedicine links.