Internal Medicine Residency News, Dec. 11, 2017

Monday, December 11, 2017

From the Director

Wow! What a week! Congratulations to our senior residents on their amazing fellowship match, and to those who have signed on the dotted line for their fantastic jobs next year! We are so incredibly proud of you and your accomplishments! Can’t stop bragging about you! We had a great time celebrating with you on Wednesday.

And what a holiday party! Y’all looked AMAZING and the chiefs absolutely crushed it with their performance (and their crushed velvet coats!).  Many many thanks and kudos from both Anmol Singh and Henry Foote to Talisha Ramchal and Katie Charles for sending their interns to the holiday party, and to Pareseh Roomiany for covering at DRH so the DRH night team could go the party as well!


Also thanks and kudos go to our awesome presenters this past week (Robert Diep, applicant report, and Hannah Dzmictrowicz, chairs conference) and to our My Take teams of Dan Maselli, Steph Garbarino, Keva Garg, Shaki Salvador, Ashley Spann and Matt Carlisle as well as our tour guides Bryan Golubski, Irena Tan, Qasim Husseini, Ankeet Bhatt, Annie Reihman, Claire Smith, Sonali Bracken, Becca Lumsden and Juliette Logan. Kudos to Tanya Aylward from Mike Grant for being a really thorough day float and a positive presence on rounds for our team. Kudos to Zach Il’Giovine from Mike Grant for contributing his time to come in late to go over a very complicated patient on call. Kudos to Josh Lee (Jr) for giving patient and his family a very dignified end of life experience. 

Special thanks to Becca Lumsden, Amy Lee, Sarah Norton, Megan Lynch, Jen Brophy, Katie Wood, Manisha Bhattacharya for helping last week at the World Relief Refugee, One Table event!

PubMed from the Program

This week’s pubmed from the program goes to Jared Lowe for his manuscript recently published with mentor Tom Leblanc! "A cohort study of patient-reported outcomes and healthcare utilization in acute myeloid leukemia patients receiving active cancer therapy in the last six months of life" in the Journal of Palliative Medicine. Congratulations Jared!

SARs, please now go ahead and register for the BOARDS!

Have a great week!



Clinic Corner: Pickett Road

Contributed by Sharon Rubin

We have started the extended hours for the attendings. Now Pickett is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. most mornings and most evenings. This has been an interesting transition. We are sad to say goodbye to Dr. Metz, who will be joining Duke Signature Care in March 2018. We are happy that Dr. Nastassia Shaw will be starting precepting resident clinic when Dr. Metz departs. Residents are enjoying the LEAD rotation. They have enjoyed learning how to manage patients on Coumadin, teaching first year residents physical exam skills and this week, they will start learning coping skills for depressed patients from our Duke Primary Care Depression managers. We are looking forward to celebrating the holidays with the Pickett Road family and starting the new year.

From the Chief Residents

Morning Report and MGR: Dec. 11-15, 2017
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location


Lisa Criscione-Schreiber

7:15 a.m. DUH 8262

Case Presentation

Qasim Hussaini to Ken Lyles

7:15 a.m.

DUH 8262


Travel Medicine/Diarrheal Illness

Aimee Zaas

7:15 a.m. DUH 8262

ICD Management

Sana Al-Khatib

7:15 a.m. DUH 8262

Medicine Grand Rounds: Mortality in Sickle Cell Disease: The Present and Future of Disease Modifying Therapy

JJ Strouse

8:00 a.m. DUH 2002


Noon Conference: Dec. 11-15, 2017
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location Lunch

Medicine Interviews


12:00 p.m.


SAR Lecture: Geriatrics Management in the Hospital

Megan Gillum

12:00 p.m. DUH 2002

China King


Medicine-Pediatrics Interviews


12:00 p.m.

DUH 8252

Parker & Otis

All Residency Council Town Hall


12:00 p.m.

DUH 2001


Chair's Conference with Medicine Applicants

Lauren Sharan

11:30 a.m.

DUH 2002

Ninth Street Bakery
Duke Gen Med Conference Schedule: Dec. 11-15, 2017
Date Topic Lecturer Time

Resident Report - Case Report with Interviewees - DUH 8252

Shai Posner

1 p.m.


SAR Report - DUH 8252

Anne Reihman to Joe Govert

1:15 p.m.


SAR Report - DUH 8252

Intern Report - DUH 8252

Rachel Feder to Aimee Zaas

Paul McIntosh and Ruchi Doshi

1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.


QI Case - DUH 8252

Intern Report - Hazards of Hospitalization - DUH 8252

Shai Posner to Jon Bae

​Dr. Shah

1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.

From the Residency Office

Reminder from Coaching Program

As a reminder, your 2nd meeting with your coach should be completed by Dec. 31. If you have not already, please set this up. If you have already had your 2nd coaching session, email for program records.

Thank you,
Aimee Zaas, MD

Karen Steinhauser, PhD
Director, Duke Residency Professional Development Coaching Program

ACLT Applications

Don't forget: ACLT statements of interest are due Dec. 15. Contact Daniella Zipkin with questions.

Check out The Scope

The Scope is a weekly newsletter that goes out on Fridays and summarizes the best evidence-based medical research from the week in a few fun and easy-to-read sentences. You can check out this weeks email below and people can sign up, see prior issues, and learn more about it at

Faculty-Resident Research Grant

The applications are due on April 8, 2018 for a funding start date on July 1, 2018.

For JARs, the funding end date is June 30, 2019. For Interns, the funding end date is June 30, 2020.

Attached please find the application forms, instructions, and sample NIH format biosketch (the old NIH Bioskecth format forms are acceptable for your CV)

Please submit your application as a single word or pdf file that includes your mentor’s NIH Biosketch (the new versus old NIH Biosketch format is optional for your mentor).

Please email a pdf file of the signed mentor's support letter with your application by April 9, either as part of the entire application or separately.

Each proposal must have a Human subjects section that describes the protections of the patients and patient data, describe the consent procedure if applicable, status of IRB protocol (to be submitted, already submitted or already approved, as appropriate) etc. This section is required whether to not your project is a retrospective or prospective study, whether patient identifiers are exposed (or not) during data collection/analysis, whether consent is to be obtained or there is a waiver for consent. Please see attached example language that you can adapt to your own specific protocol after discussing with your research mentor.

The next opportunity to apply for a research grant will be in September 2018. Please also find attached scholarship opportunity calendar for this academic year 2017-2018

For any questions, or to discuss mentorship and research project opportunities please contact

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

  • Dec. 15 - ACLT statement of interest due