Internal Medicine Residency News, April 30, 2018

Monday, April 30, 2018

From the Director

Lace up those basketball shoes! Game on in Cameron on May 4th! We are definitely hitting the “end of year” stride here, so keep your eye out for all the various academic and fun activities. Thank you to Nancy Yang for organizing the Duke Chapel Climb on Friday – what a cool way to get some steps in.  Also coming up is the Stead Dim Sum night on May 5, as well as an upcoming night at the Crowley’s House on May 18.  

Academically, don’t forget to submit your posters for resident research day, as well as the Califf Medicine Research Awards. See emails from Dr. Arcasoy for the details.  Please also set up your second half of the year meetings with your advisors, and for SARs and Prelims, set up your end of year checkout meeting with me.  Interns, we will be working on getting your “semi-annual” meetings scheduled, and JARs, plan for those in July/August.


Kudos this week go to Ashley Spann for an outstanding SAR talk, to Jared Lowe, Anmol Singh and Matt Carlisle from Joanna Kipnes for an awesome two weeks on gen med (Great cases! Great camaraderie! Great patient care!) and to Irena Tan and Sean Doerfler from Matt Sparks for excellent care on a busy VA Gen Med team, to our ortho colleague Kwado Owusu-Akyaw for helping us get an emergent appointment for a colleague as well!

PubMed from the Program

This week’s pubmed from the program goes to Mike Grant for his recent publication! Grant, MJ, Horwitz, ME.  “HSCT-GAVE as a Manifestation of Chronic Graft versus Host Disease: A Case Report and Review of the Existing Literature,” Case Reports in Transplantation, vol. 2018, Article ID 2376483, 5 pages, 2018. doi:10.1155/2018/2376483.

Have a great week!



Clinic Corner: Ambulatory

Contributed by Daniella Zipkin

Ambulatory THREADS are here!!
Next year the ambulatory curriculum will be revised into longitudinal threads with clinical themes, and matching academic half day content. I’d like to thank all of the people who have been working behind the scenes to transition the ambulatory mission in the direction that faculty and residents alike have been asking for!

  • Residency office: Dinushika Mohottige, Jen Averitt, Lynsey Michnowicz, Emily Richbourg
  • Resident advising team: Tanya Aylward, Hannah Dzimitrowicz, Christopher Ferreri, Matthew Labriola, Jared Lowe, Leah Machen, Joseph Plaksin, Sarah Nelson, Benjamin Ranard, Anne Reihman, Tamara Saint-Surin, John Paul Shoup, Anmol Singh
  • Cardiology: Thomas Bashore, Cary Ward
  • Dermatology: Erin Lesesky
  • Endocrinology: Matt Crowley, Carly Kelley, Beatrice Hong
  • Gastroenterology: Cindy Moylan, Rahul Shimpi
  • GIM: Susan Isbey, Sonal Patel, Sharon Rubin, Leigh Wynkoop, Dani Zipkin
  • Hematology-Oncology: Murat Arcasoy, Mitch Horwitz, Rich Riedel, David Rizzieri, Megan McNamara, Tom Ortel
  • Infectious Disease: Kristen Dicks, Eileen Maziarz
  • Nephrology: John Roberts, Matthew Sparks
  • Rheumatology: Lisa Criscione-Schreiber, Sophia Weinmann
  • Pulmonary: Stephen Bergin, Talal Dahhan

The Ambulatory Town Hall is May 14th, and will start all together in Duke North 2002, where Dinushika will lead with a description of the threads. Then the groups will split off to discuss clinic specific issues.

Threads Description: Starting in July, interns and JARs will be on 6 month longitudinal ambulatory threads. There are 4 threads in all, so everyone will transition through all four threads:

  • The +2 block will include clinics in specific sub-specialities along with continuity clinics, academic half day, and subspecialty clinic if you’ve chosen one based on your fellowship plans.
  • In the subspecialty clinics, residents will RETURN to the same clinic approximately six times in a six month period, to give better traction in the experience and better teaching with the attendings you’ll be working with.
  • Academic Half Day will be thread specific, so the teaching will match the clinics you have during that year
  • Interns will be exposed to EVERY sub-specialty in their first year of training, either inpatient or outpatient, via capturing the things they typically missed into the intern ambulatory threads. This may make career planning easier!

Groupings are:

  • Intern Thread A: GI/ID/other VA clinics
  • Intern Thread B: Renal/Rheum/Endocrine
  • JAR Thread A: Hematology (benign and malignant)/Cardiology
  • JAR Thread B: Oncology/Pulm

Continuity Clinic Survey is live!!
Please fill out the very brief survey on your continuity clinic experience when you see it in April, it helps us tremendously in evaluating and improving the clinics.

From the Chief Residents

Morning Report and MGR: April 30-May 4, 2018
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location


Joel Boggan

7:15 a.m. DUH 8252
5/1/18 STI Aimee Zaas 7:15 a.m.

DUH 8252


Cost Conscious Case

Kyle Guerink to Joe Rogers 7:15 a.m. DUH 8252


Dani Zipkin 7:15 a.m. DUH 8252

Medicine Grand Rounds: Healthcare Transformation and the Evolving Role of Hospitals

Redonda Miller, MD
Clipp-Spear Visiting Professor

8 a.m. DUH 2002


Noon Conference: April 30-May 4, 2018
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location Lunch

MKSAP Cardiology

Sarah Goldstein

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2002

Firehouse Subs

Chair's Conference

Matt Labriola

12:10 p.m. DUH 2002



Med-Peds SAR Lectures

Logan Eberly and John Paul Shoup

12 p.m.

DUH 2002


SAR Lecture: Reshaping Health Care with Applied Health Data Science

Azalea Kim

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2001

China King

Special Noon Conference with Visiting Clipp-Spear Professor

Redonda Miller, MD
President, Johns Hopkins University Hospital

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2002

Duke Gen Med Conference Schedule: April 30-May 3, 2018
Date Topic Lecturer Time

SAR Report 

Chair's Sign outs


Joseph Rogers with GenMed 1

1:15 p.m.

6 p.m.


SAR Report

David Beavers to Joe Govert

1:15 p.m.


SAR Report

Intern Report

David Fuller to Aimee Zaas

William Deardorff to Tian Zhang

1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.


SAR Report/QI Conference

Intern Hospitalist Series - Syncope

Jacqueline Bolwell to Joel Boggan

Dr. Feeney

1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.

From the Residency Office

PWIM "Before They Were Stars" Career Panel
Wed., May 23, 6-7:30 p.m., Med Res Library (Duke North 8252)
PWIM Presents "Before They Were Stars," a career panel highlighting the professional and personal narrative of prominent female faculty in the Dept of Medicine, geared to an audience of residents and fellows. Featuring Drs. Ebony Boulware, Diana McNeill, Laura Svetkey, and Joanne Wilson. Submit questions for the panel ahead of time and RSVP to

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.


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

  • May 4 - House staff v. Faculty Basketball Game

  • May 5 - Stead AZN Food Run

  • May 18 - Resident Research Grand Rounds + Cookout at the Crowley's

  • May 23 - PWIM "Before They Were Stars" Career Panel

  • ​June 8 - SAR Dinner