From the Program Director

 

In the combined Medicine-Psychiatry program, we bring together two stellar categorical training programs into something that is unique, challenging and enriching. I know because I completed the five-year program in 2006. At Duke we benefit from nine combined-trained MedPsych faculty who are active in all missions of the medical center, including clinical research, education and hospital administration.

My educational philosophy is that it all starts and ends with the patient. We strive for excellence in care, advancing knowledge in research and systems improvement to benefit the patient. I strongly believe in bedside teaching in both medicine and psychiatry. The most resonant and relevant knowledge and skills are gained in those moments. At Duke, we excel in hands-on experiential learning, stimulating collegial discussions and evidenced-based medicine.

In addition to being the Program Director for the MedPsych program, I am the medical director for the MedPsych service, which is small private service on General Medicine of complex patients with both medical and psychiatric problems. I am also the medical director of the Psychiatry Consultation-Liaison service at Duke where we see over 1000 new patients a year. In both of these settings I supervise Psychiatry and MedPsych trainees, as well as students. I also round on the General Medicine teaching service, which was my favorite rotation during residency.

Sarah Rivelli, MD
Program Director
Medicine and Psychiatry Residency Program