Internal Medicine Residency News, April 1, 2019

Monday, April 1, 2019

From the Director

Whoa - it’s April? When did that happen? I am still recovering from watching Tre Jones after the end of the Duke-MSU game. Seriously heartbreaking. Maybe he will decide that the NBA isn’t for him and eventually be one of our interns. But for those of you still alive in the bracket challenge – good luck!

Right now the big reminders are to 1.) complete your ACGME survey, 2.) complete your ACGME survey, and 3.) complete your ACGME survey. If you are one of the 52 percent of our residents who have done this already – THANK YOU!  If it is still on your “to-do” list, please go ahead and complete it when you have a few minutes.  Many thanks from me and the program leadership.

Kudos this week go to Kathryn Hutchins and JD Ike from Cameron Strong for their amazing team leadership on VA Gen Med, to Lena Vaynberg for being featured in the KidneyZone online journal club, to Sarah Norton from Caitlyn Tillberg and Brian Kincaid for outstanding cross cover on GM 12, and to Claire Smith and Filley Howe for outstanding SAR talks!

Congratulations to both Mark Robertshaw AND Carlos Rivera on their engagements!

PubMed from the Program
This week’s pubmed from the program goes to our Society of Hospital Medicine presenters, including Erin Frost who WON the entire poster competition for her clinical vignette (with SAR Matt Labriola and faculty mentor Aubrey Jolly-Graham!), as well as our other presenters Sam Dizon and Sheila Sherzoy.  Chief Jenny Van Kirk presented, as well, and Winn Seay was an author on Poonam Sharma’s poster!  Fantastic representation of Duke!!

Have a great week!

Juliessa Pavon, MD, and Sheila Sherzoy, MD

Erin Frost, MD

Clinic Corner: PRIME

Contributed by Sonal Patel and Leigh Wynkoop

Thanks to everybody who completed the continuity clinic survey. We will be taking a look at the results to see what changes we can make to make PRIME a great learning environment.

At the suggestion of one of you during LEAD week, we will trial sending out a monthly email with clinic updates on the 1st of the month. Please keep an eye out for this and read it – it will have important news about how to order items, changes in meds on formulary, staff updates, etc. – things you need to know!

We have just started a monthly injection/procedures clinic on Friday afternoons with Dr. Goldberg precepting – this will be for the LEAD resident of the day to get some procedures in. If you have a patient needing a joint injection or skin cryo/minor skin procedure, please speak to Carmen to arrange this.

We’ll soon be trialing using magnets on the sign-in board for you to note if you’re running behind in clinic, so the staff can let your patients know and so LEAD may have a sense of whether you need some assistance (even getting help just with med rec can, as you know, be a help if you’re running behind!). As a reminder, the nurses get 15 minutes starting with the appointment time to do the visit intake and reminders; YOUR time for the patient is 15 minutes after the stated appointment time and you have a full 30 minutes allotted.

Thanks everybody and let’s make it a great spring in PRIME.

From the Chief Residents

Morning Report and MGR: April 1-5, 2019
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location

Ambulatory Town Hall

-- 7:15 a.m. DUH 8253
4/2/19 Fibromyalgia/PMR  Lisa Criscione-Schreiber 7:15 a.m.

DUH 8253



Ankoor Shah 7:15 a.m.

DUH 8253


Case Presentation

Kristen Batich to Eileen Maziarz 7:15 a.m. DUH 8253

Medicine Grand Rounds: Kidney disease in African Americans: The genetic basis of a major health disparity

Martin Pollak, MD

8 a.m. DUH 2002
Academic Half Day: April 5, 2019
Thread Topic Lecturer Time Location

Secondary Hypertension

Hematuria and Proteinuria

Bryan Batch and Crystal Tyson

Christina Wyatt

9:15 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

VA NG032​

Is This ILD?

Talal Dahhan

9:15 a.m.

VA C8016
ID/GI/GIM  Physical Therapy Katie Pruka and Alixandra Lakow 9:15 a.m. VA PRIME Conference Rm


Noon Conference: April 1-5, 2019
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location Lunch

MKSAP Cardiology

Kevin Friede

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2002



SAR Lecture: PAD

Tara Holder

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2003

Dale's Indian

4/3/19 Dementia Mitch Heflin

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2002

4/4/19 Recent Papers in GI Kara Wegermann

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2001


Chair's Conference

Jeremy Brooksbank

12:05 p.m.

DUH 2002

Duke Gen Med Conference Schedule: April 1-4, 2019
Date Topic Lecturer Time

SAR Report


Corey Bradley to Diana McNeill

Team 3

1:15 p.m.

4:15 p.m.


SAR Report - DUH 8262

Intern Report 

Lauren Ranard to Joe Govert

Ahmad Mourad to Chet Patel

1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.


SAR Report 

Michael Murn to Aimee Zaas

1:15 p.m.


SAR Report 

Intern Report - COPD/Asthma

Liz Hoffman to Joel Boggan and John Paul Shoup

Sonia Patel-Nguyen

1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.

From the Residency Office

MRRC to host Spring Events
The Department of Medicine Minority Recruitment and Retention Committee will host two events in its series, "The Art of Tactful Self Promotion & Smart Positioning for Trainees." Both events will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. in DMP 2W96. On April 16, the topic will be "Financial Literacy Beyond Student Loan Repayment," featuring Marc Flur, Senior Consultant, Marsh & McLenna Agency. On June 5, the topic will be "Smart Positioning on the Interview Day and Beyond: Pearls on CVs, Personal Statements, and More." Register today.

GIM Resident Research Award
The Division of General Internal Medicine is pleased to announce its second annual GIM Resident Research Award! Please see details below. Applications will be accepted through April 5, 2019. The top selected investigator will be invited to present their work at a DGIM event in May 2019 and will receive a $500 honorarium. See email from Dani Zipkin for application details. We look forward to seeing your submissions!

Funding opp: Faculty-Resident Research Grant
We are pleased to invite you to apply for the 2019 annual Faculty-Resident Research Grant applications. The applications are due on April 1, 2019 for a funding start date on July 1, 2019. For JARs, the funding end date is June 30, 2020. For Interns, the funding end date is June 30, 2021. See email for application instructions. For any questions, or to discuss mentorship and research project opportunities please contact

Feeling down? Need to talk to someone? Opportunities for Wellness
All trainees at Duke have FREE access to Personal Assistance Services (PAS), which is the faculty/employee assistance program of Duke University. The staff of licensed professionals offer confidential assessment, short-term counseling, and referrals to help resolve a range of personal, work, and family problems. PAS services are available free of charge to Duke faculty and staff, and their immediate family members. An appointment to meet with a PAS counselor may be arranged by calling the PAS office at 919-416-1PAS (919-416-1727), Monday through Friday between 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. For assistance after hours, residents and fellows can call the Blood and Body Fluid Hotline (115 inside DUH, 919-684-1115 outside) for referral to behavioral health resources. Another resource is Duke Outpatient Psychiatry Referrals at (919) 684-0100 or 1-888-ASK-DUKE.

Upcoming Dates and Events

  • April 12 - End of Year Group Photo - All Classes
  • April 16 - MRRC hosts "Financial Literacy Beyond Student Loan Repayment"
  • April 17 - GME Well Being Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., DMP 2W96
  • May 3 - Resident Research Grand Rounds
  • June 5 - MRRC hosts "Smart Positioning on the Interview Day and Beyond: Pearls on CVs, Personal Statements and More
  • June 7 - SAR Dinner