Internal Medicine Residency News, April 22, 2019

Monday, April 22, 2019

From the Director

Thank you to everyone for helping with moving patients during the tornado. What another great show of #DukeFamily!

We are heading into the last two blocks of the year. Details to remember include logging procedures, meeting with advisors, checking in about fellowships and jobs if you haven’t (JARs) and making sure your MedHub stuff is up to date. For interns and SARs, Ernest will reach out about end of year meetings.

Kudos this week go to Helen Zhang for her great SAR talk, to Jordan Gales for an excellent chairs conference, to Chris Ferreiri from Brian Schneider for team leadership, to Alex Sullivan for a skilled outpatient management of a sick patient, and Nicole Jawitz for thoughtful workups and thorough and timely notes at the DOC this past week! (Both from Winn Seay). And kudos to med student Kevin Lin from Dagmara Danek for great work on cards consults.

Congratulations to Brian Wasserman and Christine Bates on their wedding! Many thanks to Tamara Saint Surin and Marius Chukwurah for representing Duke at the national SNMA meeting.

PubMed from the Program
This week’s pubmed from the program goes to Tara Holder and Alex Sullivan for their abstract accepted to the Society for Vascular Medicine meeting.  Intermediate risk pulmonary embolism and healthcare utilization: Using the European Society of Cardiology Guideline definitions. Alexander E. Sullivan, Tara Holder, Manesh R. Patel, TracyTruong, Olamiji Sofela, Cynthia L. Green, Talal Dahhan, W. Schuyler Jones. Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA.

Have a great week!

Clinic Corner: PRIME

Contributed by Sonal Patel and Leigh Wynkoop

Thanks to those who have come to Town Hall so far. We have our last Town Hall this Wednesday; please attend! We also really appreciate the feedback we received on the survey as it helps us improve PRIME’s learning environment for you.

Our next PRIME Updates email on May 1 will have some info in there that you have requested either at Town Hall or in your continuity clinic survey. Get used to checking your email on the 1st of the month for these clinic updates/tips.

Great discussion led by Ben Ranard at the recent residency journal club about primary care provided in VA residency clinics vs. in VA attending clinics. You guys do a great job as we have consistently seen in our HEDIS metrics for PRIME! For your edification, those reminders such as HTN: BP > 140/90 are HEDIS (Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set) metrics and were developed not at the VA but by CMS (Medicare folks) and NCQA (National Committee for Quality Assurance). These metrics are used at all healthcare practices nationwide, not just at the VA, to evaluate the quality of care provided.  Dr. Goldberg can expound on the VA’s performance on those metrics at length and will happily tell you that the VA outperforms other healthcare systems nationwide and locally. Thanks for all you do for our patients!

From the Chief Residents

Morning Report and MGR: April 22-26, 2019
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location

No Morning Report

-- -- --
4/23/19 Perioperative Medicine - New Pickett Road Location, 3004 Tower Boulevard Mitch Heflin 7:15 a.m.

Pickett Road 


Ambulatory Town Hall

-- 7:15 a.m.

DUH 8253


Knee Pain/Knee Exam for the General Internist

Lawrence Greenblatt 7:15 a.m. DUH 8253

Medicine Grand Rounds: Caring for Transgender Patients at Duke

Carly Kelley, MD

8 a.m. DUH 2002
Academic Half Day: April 26, 2019
Thread Topic Lecturer Time Location

ESRD Options


Matt Ellis

Daniel Edmonston

9:15 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

VA NG032​

Is this ILD?


Stephen Bergin

Anne Phelps

9:15 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

VA C8016

Dizziness and General ENT

GI Bleeding

David Kaylie

Michael Feiler

9:15 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

VA PRIME Conference Room


Noon Conference: April 22-26, 2019
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location Lunch

SAR Lecture: Bradyarrythmias

Gilbert Acevedo

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2002



Chair's Conference

Godefroy Chery

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2002


4/24/19 MKSAP Office Emergencies Joe Plaksin

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2002

4/25/19 M&M Joel Boggan/John Paul Shoup

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2001

China King

Medicine Research Seminar: Pigs, Poultry, and Public Health: Anticipating Future Pandemic Threats

Gregory Gray, MD, MPH

12 p.m.

DUH 2002

Duke Gen Med Conference Schedule: April 22-25, 2019
Date Topic Lecturer Time

Case Presentation


Nick Shelburne to Diana McNeill

Dr. Cooney with GenMed Team 2

1:15 p.m.

4:15 p.m.


SAR Report - Room 8262

Intern Report 

Ben Ranard to Joe Govert

Marius Chukwurah to Diana McNeill

1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.


SAR Report 

Govind Krishnan to Aimee Zaas

1:15 p.m.


SAR Report 

Intern Report -- Patient Safety

Liz Hoffman to Joel Boggan and John Paul Shoup

John Paul Shoup and Joel Boggan

1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.

From the Residency Office

Volunteer at Lincoln Community Health Center
Deadline extended: We are looking for 25 total volunteers for the upcoming year at the Lincoln After-Hours Clinic for the upcoming year (July 2019-June 2020). We anticipate that each resident will volunteer for 4-5 sessions over the course of the year. We are also looking for 3 rising JARS to be co-leaders that will be in charge of coordinating the clinic. If you have interest in a leadership position please fill out the appropriate sections of the survey.  

If you are interested in becoming a Lincoln Clinic volunteer, please complete the following survey by Fri., April 26. - Nancy, Kyle and Sheila 

PWIM 'Before They Were Stars'
The Program for Women in Internal Medicine will host "Before They Were Stars," a faculty panel that will feature Dr. Patty Lee, who will be joining us on her first day at Duke as the new Chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine, as well as Dr. Anna Mae Diehl and Dr. Kimberly  Johnson. Learn about and from the career trajectories of successful women in academic medicine at Duke and network with resident and faculty peers in support of career development and advancement. Please join us on May 1 from 6-7:30 p.m. in Duke North, Room 8253.

MRRC to host Spring Event
The Department of Medicine Minority Recruitment and Retention Committee will host "Smart Positioning on the Interview Day and Beyond: Pearls on CVs, Personal Statements, and More," on June 5 from 6:30-8 p.m. in DMP 2W96. Register today.

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 26 - Housestaff-Faculty Basketball Game
  • May 1 - PWIM "Before They Were Stars" 
  • May 3 - Resident Research Grand Rounds
  • May 17 - End of Year photo after Medicine 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