Division News

Celebrating Bob Lefkowitz

The two-day symposium, “Celebrating Scientific Discoveries that Advance Human Health,” held to honor Duke cardiologist and Nobel Prize winner Robert J. Lefkowitz’s 50 years at Duke, took place on campus in October of 2023 — and was a resounding success. More than 1000 people attended events that spanned Sunday evening dinner, the public scientific sessions on Monday and early Tuesday in Page Auditorium, and alumni sessions on Tuesday afternoon.

Meet the New Chief Residents

The beginning of each new academic year is exciting and unique in its own way. One of the highlights for the Department of Medicine is welcoming our new Chief Residents as they assume their roles.  This year is no exception with a talented, new team of emerging leaders that includes Ann Cameron Barr, MD, Michael Cosiano, MD, Courtney Dominguez, MD, and Nathan Hirshman, MD.  Learn more about them in our special Meet the New Chiefs Spotlight.   

Faculty Development Update: Prioritizing Faculty Support

Duke Department of Medicine Faculty:

I have spent the last three months cultivating a vision for faculty development by listening to faculty  across our department. As a member of the Faculty Development Academy (FDA) in 2011, I understand the importance of initiatives that provide support for faculty to be successful.

Onboarding for New Fellows Includes Stepping In 4-Respect Workshop

The Department of Medicine’s (DOM) commitment to fostering an inclusive community of trainees, faculty and staff begins for incoming fellows during their first weeks on campus. On Monday, July 3, more than 50 fellows attended the interactive Stepping In 4-Respect workshop.

Duke Interprofessional Education (IPE) Clinic Seeking Clinic Preceptors

The School of Medicine is seeking clinical faculty to serve as Interprofessional Education Clinic Preceptors for the upcoming academic year. Along with other interprofessional faculty, clinic preceptors will be responsible for seeing patients with ambulatory care complaints, such as might be seen in an outpatient clinic or in urgent care.

Celebrating Juneteenth with Dr. Syed, Vice Chief for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Dear Department of Medicine Community: As we approach June 19, we want to take a moment to acknowledge and commemorate Juneteenth, a significant day in American history.  Juneteenth represents the emancipation of enslaved African Americans and serves as a powerful reminder of the ongoing journey towards freedom, justice, and equality.

HR Performance Evaluation Tips for Managers

Beth Lassiter, MSHR, is the Department of Medicine Director of Human Resources.

Annual performance evaluations are an essential tool for managers to provide feedback, set goals, and improve their team's overall performance. However, many managers struggle with conducting these evaluations effectively. In this article, we will explore some best practices for managers to conduct annual performance evaluations successfully. 

PWIM Broadens the Department of Medicine Community Equity Conversation

The Program for Women in Internal Medicine (PWIM), led by Chair Dr. Daniella Zipkin and Dr. Jennifer Rymer, trainee liaison, is broadening the conversation around equity in the Duke University Department of Medicine (DOM). 

Having the space to elevate topics that impact women, holding events that take on the topic of inequity for women and people of color, and creating platforms for authentic discussion at a department level has been ground breaking for Zipkin, associate vice chair for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.   

Growing Cardiovascular Care Services in Low-Resource Settings

Dr. Titus Ngeno is an assistant professor in the division of Cardiology and Duke Global Health Institute. Born and raised in Kenya, he trained in medicine at the University Nairobi then as a medical officer at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) in Eldoret, Kenya, where he became known to several Duke faculty members as an outstanding clinician with notable leadership qualities.  

Continuing Medical Education: A Pathway to Collaboration and Inspiration

The Duke Department of Medicine (DOM) has long been at the forefront of advancing medical knowledge and fostering collaboration through its Continuing Medical Education (CME) efforts. With a focus on two pivotal programs— Medicine Grand Rounds (MGR) and the Learning Education and Discussion Series (LEADS) —the department not only ensures the maintenance of professional licenses but also cultivates an environment of shared learning, innovation, and inspiration. 

MGR: A Legacy of Innovation 

Mario Family Foundation Awardees Focus on Older Adult Care, Heart Failure Patients, HIV

The Mario Family Foundation Award supports junior investigators in training by annually awarding selected patient-oriented research proposals to fund for one year. This year’s Mario Family Foundation fellow recipients are Judith B. Vick, MD, MPH, General Internal Medicine, Josephine Harrington, MD, Cardiology, and Naseem Alavian, MD, MPH, Infectious Diseases.  

Faculty Perspective: Leadership Development

The Department of Medicine (DOM) has a longstanding history of providing resources and opportunities to faculty at all levels who are on their journey towards building a rewarding career in academic medicine. One component of the department’s vision includes supporting the development of faculty through professional and leadership development programs.

2023-2024 SEEDS Scholarly Projects Announced

A highlight of the SEEDS program each year is the projects that are selected for publication or presentation. The Department of Medicine is proud to announce our 2023-2024 project winners, Drs. Willard Applefeld, Ann Cameron Barr, Dan Loriaux, Emily Sanders, Ilia Shadrin, and Rachel V. White.  These projects offer innovative measures that will further strengthen our curriculum.