Internal Medicine Residency News, April 2, 2018

Monday, April 2, 2018

From the Director

It finally feels like Spring! Hope you all enjoyed the April Fool’s email and the nice weather this weekend!  Don’t forget that Charity Auction Tickets go on sale this week. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Joining the med res family this week is Ernest McCowan! We are really looking forward to having him on our team – you will see him in the office, at lunch, planning events, working on our wellness activities, assisting in recruitment efforts and managing my calendar.  Look for a DukeResidentsALL email with more about Ernest and come by to welcome him to the team!

We are looking forward to the “How to be a JAR” sessions, with the first starting this week.


Kudos this week go to Tamara Saint-Surin, Kevin Smith and Dinushika Mohottige for representing us at the national SNMA meeting! Also kudos this week to Adrian Randall from Dr. James Everhardt for stepping in and beginning ACLS for a patient in need, to Mark Robertshaw from Akash Goyal for helping out with a sick patient as well, to Petra Brayo, Adrian Randall and Jessie Gu from Sky Vanderberg for awesome work on Duke Gen Med, to cards fellow Eric Black-Maier from Maryann Osayande for help overnight, and to my team on gen med this weekend Sipa Yankey, Danielle Howard and Nupur Nischal for great work!

PubMed from the Program

This week’s pubmed from the program goes to Tessa Genders for her recent publication! Genders TS, Coles A, Hoffmann U, Patel MR, Mark DB, Lee KL, Steyerberg EW, Hunink MGM, Douglas PS. "The External Validity of Prediction Models for the Diagnosis of Obstructive Coronary Artery Disease in Patients with Stable Chest Pain: Insights from the PROMISE Trial: CAD Consortium and the PROMISE Investigators." JACC Cardiovasc Imaging. 2018Mar;11(3):437-446.

Have a great week!



From the Chief Residents

Morning Report and MGR: April 2-6, 2018
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location

Approach to Sickle Cell Disease

Murat Arcasoy

7:15 a.m. DUH 8252
4/3/18 Tick-borne Illness Micah McClain 7:15 a.m.

DUH 8252


Cost Conscious Case

Joe Lerman to Joe Rogers 7:15 a.m. DUH 8252

Thyroid Disease

Matt Crowley 7:15 a.m. DUH 8252

Medicine Grand Rounds: Onco-nephrology: A closer look at the cancer-kidney connection

David Ortiz

8 a.m. DUH 2002


Noon Conference: April 2-6, 2018
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location Lunch


Brian Sullivan

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2002 Domino's

Multiple Myeloma

Murat Arcasoy

12:10 p.m. DUH 2002



Inpatient Management of IBD

Alyson McGhan

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2002

Cosmic Cantina

Residency Town Hall

All Residents

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2001


Chair's Conference

James Isaacs

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2002

China King
Duke Gen Med Conference Schedule: April 2-6, 2018
Date Topic Lecturer Time

SAR Report - Orientation

Chair's Sign outs

Joseph Rogers with GenMed 1

1:15 p.m.

6 p.m.


SAR Report

Tanya Aylward to Joe Govert

1:15 p.m.


SAR Report

Intern Report

Sarah Cohen to Aimee Zaas

Claudia Leung to Joel Boggan

1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.


SAR Report/QI Conference

Intern Hospitalist Series - Decompensated Cirrhosis

Sarah Nelson to Joel Boggan

Dr. Sata

1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.

From the Residency Office

Annual Charity Auction - Tickets Are On Sale!
Ticket sales for the Annual Internal Medicine Residency Charity Auction start TODAY, April 2. Stop by the MedRes Office any time to purchase a ticket. We will also be selling them at Grand Rounds starting this week. Tickets are $25. Credit card, cash, and check are all options.

Event Details
What: fun night with food, drinks, and a silent and live auction to benefit Senior PharmAssist and the DOC

When: Friday, April 20, 2018 at 7 p.m.

Where: Motorco Music Hall (723 Rigsbee Avenue, Durham)


Resident Wellness Initiative Grants
Resident Wellness Initiative Grants for resident-led, innovative projects are dedicated to promote the well-being of our residents, which is of utmost importance to our Program. 

The proposed initiatives may be designed to promote resident physician wellness by building skills to handle the challenges and the pace of the current healthcare environment, while continuing to provide quality care to patients.

  1. Two awards each $2,500/project will be funded
  2. Funding start date is July 1, 2018
  3. Each proposal must be led by one or more SARs (current JARs) during the 2018-2019 academic year. Extension of funding may be requested next year beyond June 30, 2019
  4. Teamwork is encouraged to include rising JARs and incoming interns. Multiple SARs may lead one project
  5. Faculty sponsor/advisor may be recruited but not required
  6. Additional funding for a larger award may be available depending on the level of interest and budgets of the project(s). The award committee will review and make a decision on each proposal.
  7. The 2-page proposals are due on June 1, 2018 for review by an award selection committee
  8. Applications forms are attached.

For any questions, please contact


Califf Medicine Resident Research Award
The annual Califf Medicine Resident Research Award competition abstracts are due on April 30, 2018. Awards presentation will take place on May 18, 2018 between 7-9 a.m. in Searle Center Lecture Hall.

Abstracts (300 word) and supporting mentor's letter are due on April 30, 2018. All abstracts submitted for competition will also be presented as posters. The top 3 abstracts will be selected by a faculty committee for the Califf Research Awards and these research projects will be presented as 15 minute talks 8-9 a.m.

Two best poster awards will be selected (Research poster and QI poster) by the Chief Residents during the poster viewing session prior to Grand Rounds.

We invite all of you to present your scholarly activities as posters (we can send you poster templates):

  1. Basic, clinical, medical education, and translational research projects
  2. Case studies / vignettes including ACP posters from 2018
  3. QI projects
  4. Please plan on presenting your posters posters that you have presented previously at a national scientific meeting

To discuss any issues related to the application process or once you have decided to submit an abstract, please e-mail to declare your intention to submit, your research mentor's name and the title of your poster.  Please contact the MedRes office staff (Ms. Tia Williams) for assistance with the poster preparation process.


Faculty-Resident Research Grant
The applications are due on April 8, 2018 for a funding start date on July 1, 2018.

For JARs, the funding end date is June 30, 2019. For Interns, the funding end date is June 30, 2020.

Attached please find the application forms, instructions, and sample NIH format biosketch (the old NIH Bioskecth format forms are acceptable for your CV)

Please submit your application as a single word or pdf file that includes your mentor’s NIH Biosketch (the new versus old NIH Biosketch format is optional for your mentor).

Please email a pdf file of the signed mentor's support letter with your application by April 9, either as part of the entire application or separately.

Each proposal must have a Human subjects section that describes the protections of the patients and patient data, describe the consent procedure if applicable, status of IRB protocol (to be submitted, already submitted or already approved, as appropriate) etc. This section is required whether to not your project is a retrospective or prospective study, whether patient identifiers are exposed (or not) during data collection/analysis, whether consent is to be obtained or there is a waiver for consent. Please see attached example language that you can adapt to your own specific protocol after discussing with your research mentor.

The next opportunity to apply for a research grant will be in September 2018. Please also find attached scholarship opportunity calendar for this academic year 2017-2018

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 20 - Charity Auction at Motorco

  • ​June 8 - SAR Dinner