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Visiting Elective Scholarship and Research Opportunities

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Elective Opportunities

Psychiatry Visiting Sub-Internship for Individuals Underrepresented in Medicine 

The Duke University Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences is excited to sponsor a  visiting sub-internship for a medical student applying in psychiatry who is from a background  traditionally underrepresented in medicine (URiM). The aim of the sub-internship is to provide  access to a month-long clinical experience in acute care settings for an exceptional student who  may not otherwise have an opportunity for an “away elective.” 

Sub-Internship Description 

Depending on availability, the student will have the opportunity to do a sub-internship level  elective in inpatient psychiatry, medicine-psychiatry or consultation-liaison psychiatry. The  student will work closely with the clinical team in the assigned rotation. In addition to the  responsibilities of the clinical rotation, the visiting student will receive access to mentorship  meetings with selected Duke Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences faculty and will have the  opportunity to attend residency Academic Half Day didactics, weekly departmental Grand  Rounds and other departmental events. 

The selected recipient will receive a stipend of up to $4,500 to cover the cost of travel to  Durham, NC, as well as housing and other expenses incurred during the sub-internship. The  stipend aims to increase equitable access to specialized clinical training opportunities among  URiM individuals. Duke University School of Medicine’s Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion will help as needed with logistics related to travel and with hotel arrangements.  


Eligible individuals will have completed the first three years of medical school (as of July 1,  2023) at an LCME accredited institution. 

Eligible individuals must identify as a member of a racial or ethnic group that is  underrepresented in medicine (URiM). 

About the Department 

The Duke University Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, founded in 1943, is one of  24 departments in the Duke University School of Medicine. Over the past 75+ years, the  department has focused on understanding the brain and mind through research and clinical  care and passing this knowledge on to the next generation of leaders in the field. Ultimately,  our goal is to help people with mental health challenges live their best life. Learn more by  visiting the department website (https://psychiatry.duke.edu/).

How to Apply 

Applicants must submit all application materials by April 12, 2023. 

1. Send an email including (1) an explanation of your interest in the sub-internship, (2)  your responses to the Application Questions below, and (3) your CV to Dr. Julie  Penzner, Director of Undergraduate Medical Education in Psychiatry  

(julie.penzner@duke.edu), with cc to Ms. Cathy Lefebvre, Psychiatry Clerkship  Coordinator (cathy.lefebvre@duke.edu).  

2. Apply through VSLO to all available and desired sub-internships for Fall 2023 (Sections  41, 42, 43, 44). The possible sub-internships are 401-C (inpatient psychiatry), 407-C (medicine-psychiatry) and 445-C (consultation-liaison psychiatry). For further application  information, visit the Duke University School of Medicine’s Office of the Registrar  website (https://medschool.duke.edu/education/health-professions-education programs/student-services/office-registrar/visiting-students). 

3. Please note: Enrollment in the sub-internship will not be complete until the Duke  University Registrar’s Office has verified that all medical school-related requirements  are completed. These requirements are detailed in the AAMC Visiting Student Learning  Opportunities (VSLO). (https://students-residents.aamc.org/visiting-student-learning opportunities/visiting-student-learning-opportunities-vslo) 

4. For any questions about the application process or the rotation, please reach out via  email to Ms. Cathy Lefebvre (cathy.lefebvre@duke.edu) and Dr. Julie Penzner  (julie.penzner@duke.edu), with the subject line “Psychiatry Visiting Sub-Internship for  Individuals Underrepresented in Medicine.” 

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Thank you for your interest in the Duke University Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral  Sciences. We are excited to read your applications.



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