Internal Medicine Residency News, Aug. 17, 2020

Monday, August 17, 2020

From the Director

It’s the start of In Training Exams! Are you a categorical or prelim intern? Don’t stress… you will take this next year! All JARs will take the exam as well as SARs who have chosen to. What is the ITE? It is a “mock boards” put forth by the American College of Physicians for you to see where you are in “boards style” knowledge assessment at an early part of JAR year. This can help you know where you are in comparison to JARs across the country, where you may want to focus your learning, and how you want to consider choosing electives SAR year, etc. Pay attention to the emails from Lynsey about your date and time!

Kudos this week go to Courtney Dominguez and Kurren Mehta for great work on Duke Gen Med and to Nathan Hirshman and Ann Cameron Barr for thoughtful patient care (all from Ahmad Mourad), to Aman Kansal for being a fantastic VA JAR and to Dr. Brian Schneider for helping with procedures and teaching POCUS from Komal Safdar, and to Cameron Oswalt from our graduate and now HM faculty Dr. Adrian Randall for helping out with a busy admit night at Duke Regional, and to Carter Devlin from Dr. Andrew Muir for excellent work in a busy GI clinic.

PubMed from the Program
We have two pubmed from the program publications this week! Congratulations to our ambulatory APD Dr. Dani Zipkin and to Jawan Abdulrahim on their recent publications! "Identification of Undetected Monogenic Cardiovascular Disorders." Jawan W.Abdulrahim MD, Lydia CoulterKwee PhD, Fawaz Alenezi MD, MSc, Albert Y.Sun MD, ArisBarasMD, MBA, Teminioluwa A. Ajayi MD, MPH, Ricardo Henao PhD, Christopher L.Holley MD, PhD, Robert W.McGarrah MD, James P. Daubert MD, Lauren K.Truby MD, Sreekanth Vemulapalli MD, AndrewWang MD, Michel G.Khouri MD, Svati H.Shah MD, MS, MHS. Journal of the American College of Cardiology Volume 76, Issue 7, 18 August 2020, Pages 797-808. "Clinician-Educator Training and Its Impact on Career Success: a Mixed Methods Study." Zipkin DA, Ramani S, Stankiewicz CA, Lo MC, Chisty A, Alexandraki I, Wamsley M, Rothenberger SD, Jeong K, Spagnoletti CL.J Gen Intern Med. 2020 Aug 10. doi: 10.1007/s11606-020-06049-w. 

Have a great week!

Clinic Corner: PRIME

Contributed by Sonal Patel

PRIME is thrilled to have our interns on board! So glad to have you here and it’s nice to see your faces, masks and all, in clinic.

Things are perking along with our telehealth visits and with our intermittent face-to-face gap (urgent care clinic) while we await for NC statistics to improve to allow reopening for more face-to-face care.

PRIME’s move to Hillandale is tentatively scheduled for the end of the month, but we will let residents know more once things are firmly set by the VA’s Moving Forward Committee. Residents, please assume we are still in 1D until you hear otherwise – keep an eye on your email.

PRIME attending Dr. Genevieve Embree has accepted a 14-month assignment as the Durham VA Health Care System Public Health Liaison in the new Office of Public Health/Epidemiology. She is remaining in PRIME while providing COVID-19 support to Veterans in the community and to VA community partners such as nursing homes.

We appreciate all the things each of you are doing during this time and want to be sure you know we are here to support you. Reach out anytime with any questions/concerns or even just to say hi during this time. We’re just a Skype or text or call or email away!

From the Chief Residents

Morning Report: Aug. 18-20, 2020 via Zoom
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location

Microaggressions at the VA

Dr. Emler 7:15 a.m. Zoom
8/19/20 Skin manifestations of Systemic Disease Dr. Sarah Wolfe 7:15 a.m. Zoom
8/20/20 Anxiety, Depression and Rational Medication Choices Dr. Riordan 7:15 a.m. Zoom


Academic Half Day: Aug. 21, 2020 via Zoom
Thread Topic Lecturer Time Location


Hematuria and Proteinuria

Dr. Velez

Dr. Kovalik

9 a.m.

10:30 a.m.


ID 101

GI Bleeding

Dr. McClain

Dr. Vance

9 a.m.

10:30 a.m.


Pulmonary Embolism: Review on Outpatient Management

Pulmonary Hypertension Review

Dr. Dahhan

9 a.m.

10:30 a.m.



Noon Conference: Aug. 17-21, 2020
Date Inpatient Topic on Zoom Lecturer Time Location Lunch
8/17/20 Fun lunch -- 12:15 p.m.


Pipers in the Park


Board prep

Dr. Phelps 12:15 p.m.


Cosmic Cantina


PWIM: Public Speaking

Dr. Bagrova 12:15 p.m.



Cohen's Conference

Dr. Atiq 12:15 p.m.


China King
8/21/20 Medicine Grand Rounds: A Tale of Two Hospitals: Duke and VA Infection Prevention and Hospital Epidemiology Response in the Era of COVID-19

Christopher Hostler, MD, MPH

Genevieve Embree, MD, MPH

Becky Smith, MD

Sarah Lewis, MD, MPH

Moderated by Vivian Chu, MD, MHS

12 p.m.




Report Conference Schedule: Aug. 17-20, 2020
Date Topic Lecturer Time

VA Orientation/PPE training

Duke SAR Report


Dr. Kendersky with Dr. Crowley

11 a.m.

1:15 p.m.


VA JAR Case Report

VA Intern Report

Duke SAR Report

Duke Intern Report

Dr. Abbott and Dr. Ashur

Dr. Lorsch and Dr. Ashur

Dr. Powers with Dr. Govert

Dr. Woodward with Dr. Roberts

11 a.m.

1:30 p.m.

1:15 p.m.

2:30 p.m.


VA JAR CAT Presenter

Duke SAR Report

Dr. Hwang with Dr. Shah

Dr. Burt with Dr. Zaas

11 a.m.

1:15 p.m.


VA Med/Surgery

Duke QI Intro

Intern Report - Hospital Medicine

Dr. Goodwin and Dr. Hirshman

Dr. Boggan and Dr. Krishnan

Dr. Brogan

7 a.m.

1:15 p.m.

2:30 p.m.

From the Residency Office

Our Wellbeing
The Department of Medicine is keeping an updated list of wellbeing resources during this extraordinary time. Click here for more information.

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.