Internal Medicine Residency News, Aug. 20, 2018

Monday, August 20, 2018

From the Director

Congratulations to our Intern Class ResCo Reps – Carlos Barbery, Tanmay Gohkale, Cassie Lautredou, and Peyton Kendsersky, as well as Prelim rep Ariel Lefland! We are looking forward to working with you this year.  

Hope those who were able to join the Meet Your Coach Happy Hour had fun. Mark your calendars for the Meet Dr. Cooney Happy Hour at Ponysaurus on Sept. 12

For everyone taking ITEs this week, pay attention to your emails so you know where to go!


Many kudos this week! First to Ben Groves for being recognized by the hospital leadership for great patient communication, to Jasmine Washington from Dana Clifton for outstanding care of a very sick patient on gen med, to the cards nights crew of  Hannah Robinson, Alex Grubb, and Carlos Barbery (also anesthesia intern Crosby Culp) from Anmol Singh for their fund of knowledge, their timeliness with dealing very busy nights, as well as their great attitudes, to Eric Powers and Bhavik Patel from the DRH Night SARs for outstanding work, to Alex Sullivan from Jackie Bolwell for helping out with some late admissions on Duke NF, to Matt Tucker for a fantastic SAR talk and to Taylor Triana for a great chair’s conference. Also to Hannah Dzmictrowicz and Ryan Anderson from Kara Wegermann for a great med surg conference presentation at the VA, and to Anish Badjatiya for being an amazing JAR team leader and always taking the time out to explain and teach on VA Gen Med from Lena Vaynberg.

PubMed from the Program

This week’s pubmed from the program goes to Stephanie Garbarino and Lindsey Shantzer for their ACG abstract “Metastatic Hepatocellular Carcinoma Secreting Intact PTH: A Case Report.”

Have a great week!

Clinic Corner: PRIME

Contributed by Leigh Wynkoop, MHS, PA-C

STAFFING NEWS: Welcome back to Dr. Sophie Califano who’s been out on maternity leave. We are grateful to Dr. Christie Emler, Deputy Chief of Staff, who has been a regular Wednesday morning preceptor in her stead, even hosting Team H for team bonding and dinner.

VA CONSULTS: You may have already noticed an uptick in consult comments in your alerts. Staff are working aggressively to address/close out consults. Be sure to watch for consults which might require action from you for them to proceed.

BUSINESS CARDS: Don't forget to hand out your team business cards to your patients to tell them who their team members are and stress to them that we'd like patients to schedule with their PCP preferentially (which should be easier to accomplish by your using your color-coded availability grid to place RTC orders).

CONGRATS: Coming soon is an addition to our PRIME bulletin board – WOW award photo of Sonali Bracken for receiving Veteran compliments for outstanding care. And congrats to our newly-engaged PRIME couple, Anish Badjatiya and Madhu Eluri!

PRIME TRIVIA: If you're tired and can't think of the name of one of the male PRIME residents, try Nick; 4 of our 36 male residents go by that name, so you've got a 1 in 9 chance of being right.


From the Chief Residents

Morning Report and MGR: Aug. 20-24, 2018
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location

Diabetes Meds and Management

Dr. Setji 7:15 a.m. DUH 8253
8/21/18 Case Presentation Dr. Brooksbank to Dr. Zaas 7:15 a.m.

DUH 8253



Dr. Leiman 7:15 a.m. DUH 8253

Abnormal Uterine Bleeding

Dr. Muasher 7:15 a.m. DUH 8253

Medicine Grand Rounds: A fungus, a virus, and a bamboo rat - who is the naive partner in crime?

Thuy Le, MD, PhD

8 a.m. DUH 2002


Noon Conference: Aug. 20-24, 2018
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location Lunch

MKSAP Hematology/Oncology Part 2

Andrea Sitlinger

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2002


SAR Lecture: EKG Interpretation

Wynn Hunter

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2002

Jason's Deli


SAR Lecture MP: Flu Vaccination

Ashley Naughton

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2002




12:10 p.m.

DUH 2001

China King

Hospital Readmissions Project/SNF and LTACH Primer

Drs. Gallagher & Rackley

12:05 p.m.

DUH 2002

Duke Gen Med Conference Schedule: Aug. 20-23, 2018
Date Topic Lecturer Time

SAR Report

Chair's Sign Outs

Dr. Lauren Ranard presents to Dr. McNeill

Dr. Cooney and Dr. Wolf with GM4 and GM5

1:15 p.m.

7:15 p.m.


SAR Report

Dr. Ramchal presents to Dr. Govert

1:15 p.m.


SAR Report 

Intern Report 

Dr. Turner presents to Dr. Zaas

Dr. Mourad presents to Dr. Sparks

1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.


SAR Report/QI Conference 

Intern Hospitalist Series - Safety Series

Dr. Washington presents with Dr. Boggan and Dr. Shoup

Dr. Boggan


1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.

From the Residency Office

Stead Tread 5K Fun Run/Walk
The 7th annual Stead Tread will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018 on the American Tobacco Trail (starting at Solite Park in Durham). Please access the Stead Tread 2018 website ( for important race information, to securely register ($30), or to make a donation. 100% of proceeds go to Lincoln Community Health Center. Your $30 registration fee includes an official Stead Tread 2018 T-shirt – register ASAP to reserve your size! Participants are welcome to run or walk, and strollers are permitted - kids under 12 walk/run for free (but should be registered by their parent/guardian). 

NC Triangle Chapter Society of Hospital Medicine Poster Session
The Triangle Chapter of the Society of Hospital Medicine will host a meeting and poster session on Oct. 2. Deadline for abstracts is Sept. 2. Categories include research, innovation, and clinical vignettes. Learn more.

2018 Stead Resident Research Grant applications
The program invites residents to apply for a 2018 Stead Resident Research Grant. The applications are due on September 3, 2018 for a funding start date to be determined in October 2018. See email for application instructions, forms, and sample NIH biosketch are attached. Please include your mentor’s NIH Biosketch and support letter.

The REACH Health Equity Center is offering funding for resident research
The Research Scholars Development Program supports health disparities research and is a funding opportunity for residents and fellows. Trainees are required to work with a faculty mentor to develop a research proposal to bring together faculty across disciplines who have a common interest in addressing racial and ethnic disparities in the clinical encounter. Applications are due Sept. 3. Funding begins in October.

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

  • Aug. 23 - Durham Bulls Game

  • Sept. 9 - Stead Fall Festival

  • Sept. 12 - Meet Dr. Cooney Happy Hour

  • Sept. 19 - Stead Society Trivia Night

  • Sept. 29 - Stead Tread 5K

  • Oct. 19 - Recruitment Kickoff