Internal Medicine Residency News, Aug. 2nd, 2021

Sunday, August 1, 2021

From the Director

Happy Monday everyone – July is now in the rear-view mirror, and we are ready for a great next month! Last week was a great family vacation!  Unfortunately, it is becoming more and more clear that the Delta variant is here and capable of causing (thankfully mild) infections in vaccinated people. Please keep up with reporting symptoms and getting evaluated when needed, being mindful of eating in crowded indoor spaces and also talking to your patients about getting vaccinated if they have not already done so. We will keep you updated on any new protocols or plans should they evolve.

Interns, we look forward to our upcoming half day retreat – stay tuned for more details. JARs, please be sure to check your schedules to see when you are scheduled for the In Training Exam. SARs, congratulations on your interviews – please keep us updated on when you will be interviewing (see instructions from our amazing chiefs).

KUDOS this week to many of you … to Nathan Hirshman for an outstanding SAR talk, to Sith Sekar for outstanding medical student teaching, to Tyler Couch, Hubie Haywood, Komal Safdar, Chelsea Gaviola, Ben Kellogg and Amanda Broderick from Govind Krishnan for their excellent work in the MICU, to Erin Hercules, Nijat Aliyev, and Sachi Oshima for compassionate care on 9300 from Sean Taasan, to Peggy Sahu, Jacob Nast and Kelly Donovan from Alex Reddy for their excellent care of mutual patients on VA Hospitalist, to Sarah Morgan for wonderful patient care at the VA from Emory Buck, to. Sarah Moserowitz, Chris Wanjiku, Alex Antonia and Nicholas Mayne for amazing work on a busy VA night from Tingrui Zhao, to Maxine Chan, Megan Barrett, Harsh Patolia and JT Tanaka from Bari Rosenberg for excellent work in the MICU! Also kudos to our newest Civility Champions! Aubrie Carroll, Apurva Khedagi, Zachary Lorsch, Neesha Nama, Shelief Robbins Juarez and Anand Shah. Civility Champions are here to help debrief incidents of bias and harassment that occur during our course of patient care. (

Pubmed from the Program
This week’s pubmed from the program goes to VA Chief Dennis Narcisse for his recent publication in the American Heart Journal ((Am Heart J 2021;239:135–146), with many Duke Family co-authors including Casey Sullivan, Adam Brock, Manesh Patel and Schuyler Jones.The association of healthcare disparities and patient-specific factors on clinical outcomes in peripheral artery disease Dennis I. Narcisse, MD, MS a , Cassie B. Ford, PhD b , E. Hope Weissler, MD c , d , Steven J. Lippmann, PhD b , Michelle M. Smerek, BS b , Melissa A. Greiner, MS b , N. Chantelle Hardy, MPH b , Benjamin O’Brien, BS b , R. Casey Sullivan, MD e , Adam J. Brock, MD f , Chandler Long, MD d , Lesley H. Curtis, PhD b , c , Manesh R. Patel, MD a , c , and W. Schuyler Jones, MD a , c Durham, NC; St. Louis, MO; Chapel Hill, NC 

Have a great week!

Clinic Corner: DOC

Contributed by Lynn Bowlby

Catch up on the latest from the DOC


Med Res Team Office Calendar


From the Chief Residents

Morning Report: August 3-5, 2021 via Zoom
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location

Low Back Pain

Dr. Keeler 7:15 a.m. Zoom
08/04/21 Immunizations Dr. Harpole 7:15 a.m. Zoom
08/05/21 Anaphylaxis/Angioedema Dr. Hostetler 7:15 a.m. Zoom


Academic Half Day: August 6th, 2021 
Thread Topic Lecturer Time Location



Dr. Gratian

Dr. Strasma

9 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

VA Surgery Conference Room C5010

Palliative Care in Oncology

Cardiovascular Prevention

Dr. Gray

Dr. Shah

9 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

VA Medicine Conference Room C8016


Noon Conference: August 2-6, 2021
Date Inpatient Topic on Zoom Lecturer Time Location Lunch
08/02/21 Radiology for the Internist Dr. Vasan 12 p.m.




Medicine LEADS: Gender Affirming Care: What All Physicians Need to Know

Hayley Cunningham, MD
PGY-3, Internal Medicine Residency Program

Carly Kelley, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Nutrition)
Director of the Duke Gender Medicine Clinic

Deanna Adkins, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Duke Child and Adolescent Gender Care

Kristen Rezak, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery

Dane Whicker, PhD
Medical Instructor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Director of the Gender and Sexual Diversity Initiatives in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (SOM)

12 p.m.




SAR Talk "Cirrhosis Complications" 

Dr. Helzberg 12 p.m.



Cohen Conference

Dr. Gamble 12 p.m.


08/06/21 Intern Debrief w/ Dr. G
JAR/SAR Fun Lunch

Dr. G

12 p.m.




Report Conference Schedule: August 2-5, 2021 
Date Topic Lecturer Time


MS2 Teaching 

Duke SAR Report - held in 8262

Dr. Reddy with Dr. Simel

Dr. Abbott

Dr. Mora Massad with Dr. Florian


11 a.m.

2:30 p.m.

1:15 p.m.


VA JAR Case Report

Alcohol Withdrawal

Duke SAR Report - held in 2253 

Duke Intern Report - held in 8262

Dr. Jain with Dr. Zaas

Dr. Charles

Dr. Goodwin with Dr. Govert

Dr. Pierce with Dr. Cohen

11 a.m.

1:30 p.m.

1:15 p.m.

2:30 p.m.



Duke SAR Report - held in 8626

Dr. Moserowitz with Dr. Cooney

Dr. Chapman with Dr. Zaas

11 a.m.

1:15 p.m.


JAR Leadership

Intern Case Report 

MS2 Teaching

QI - held in 2253

Useful Notes - held in 8262

Dr. Caputo

Dr. Robinson with Dr. Cohen


Dr. Boggan and Dr. Burt

Dr. Kaplan

11 a.m.

1:30 p.m.

2:30 p.m.

1:15 p.m.

2:30 p.m.

From the Residency Office

SHM - NC Triangle Chapter - Research, Innovation and Clinical Vignette Abstract Competition
Attention medical students, residents, fellows and hospitalists in the research triangle area.

Announcing a call for Abstracts for the Society of Hospital Medicine - North Carolina Triangle Chapter –Research, Innovation and Clinical Vignette Abstract Competition

Event Date: October 19, 2021
Location: TBD
Register here: TBD
Time: 6:30pm
Content: Poster session followed by presentation by top five finalists and announcement of the winner
Cost: Free
Award for overall winner: Automatic abstract acceptance to Hospital Medicine Converge 2022 (the Society of Hospital Medicine annual meeting) and $500 gift card.
For all presenters: Encouragement to submit to SHM national competition and local opportunity for academic pursuit.
RIV Competition Coordinators: NC Triangle Chapter Leadership
Please direct all questions to:

Abstract submission due date: 11:59 pm on September 6, 2021

For more information and instructions on abstract submission click here 

HEAL Initiative Fellowship
We are excited to announce that applications are now open for the 2022-2024 HEAL Initiative Fellowship. The HEAL Initiative Fellowship is a 2-year immersion program for post-residency health workers who are interested in gaining professional experience and a network in global health and health equity. More information about the fellowship can be found here.

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.