Internal Medicine Residency News, Dec. 17, 2018

Monday, December 17, 2018

From the Director

Countdown to the holidays! We’ve got a full week this week with two recruitment days and then swing into the 2018-19 holiday schedule.

Please be sure to check with the chiefs if you have any questions about your schedule. We are happy that you will get some time to spend with friends and family at the close of 2018!

What to do with those holiday gifts? If you are a SAR, please don’t forget to sign up for the ABIM exam – it is offered in AUGUST 2019, with signups open now.


Kudos this week go to Dan Turner for doing resident report for applicants, to Nate Moulton for a fantastic SAR talk, to Michael Noujaim for a great chair’s conference and to our tour guides and My Take stars Dennis Narcisse, Hannah DzimitrowiczJohn Davy, Kim Cocce, Jeremy Brooksbank and Tara Holder, and tour guides Nathaniel Moulton, Neha Kayastha, Robert Sullivan and Rebecca Lumsden.

Also kudos to Keva Garg, Josh Lee, Alex Sullivan and Lauren Floyd for amazing and supportive teamwork at the VA, to John Davy, James Deardorff and Chris Asuzu from Cindy Pabon for helping her get to her husband’s graduation this weekend, to Steph Garbarino from Becca Lumsden for helping out at the DOC and to Nancy Yang also from Becca Lumdsen for going above and beyond to help with a very complex patient at the DOC on a late afternoon! 

Many many thanks to Ken Lyles and our Faculty Connections LLC group for their generous support of the 2019 Resident Research Fund.

PubMed from the Program
This week’s pubmed from the program goes to Sonali Bracken for her recent publication Ebert S, Bracken SJ, Woosley J, Gree K, Hansen J, Lobo LJ, Tarrant TK (2019). “Common Variable Immunodeficiency.” Tarrant TK. Rare Rheumatic Diseases of Immunologic Dysregulation (pg 59-85). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

Have a great week!

Clinic Corner: Pickett Road

Contributed by Jeff Clough

Thank you to all of the residents who participated in our Ambulatory Town Halls this past month. The feedback has helped us improve several key clinic processes. We were very appreciative of Dr. Audrey Metz and Dr. Michael Lidsky for providing excellent CME talks on obesity management and surgical oncology, respectively. Finally, we all had a blast at our annual holiday party.


From the Chief Residents

Morning Report and MGR: Dec. 17-21, 2018
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location

Psychotropic Medications

Paul Riordan 7:15 a.m. DUH 8262
12/18/18 Carotid Artery Disease/AAA-Outpatient Management Questions Kevin Southerland 7:15 a.m.

Pickett Road


Case Presentation

Godefroy Chery to Ken Lyles 7:15 a.m.

DUH 8253


Chronic Cough

Tim Scialla 7:15 a.m. DUH 8253

Medicine Grand Rounds: The Dis-Ease of Gout

Robert Keenan, MD

8 a.m. DUH 2002


Noon Conference: Dec. 17-21, 2018
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location Lunch

IM Interviews - no conference


12:10 p.m.

DUH 8253


12/18/18 Chief Gallops


12:10 p.m.

DUH 2002


12/19/18 MP Interview  

12 p.m.

DUH 8253

12/20/18 SAR Lecture: Skin and Soft Tissue Infections Jim Isaacs

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2001


Chair's Conference - IM Interview

Jess Regan

11:30 a.m.

DUH 2002

Ninth Street Bakery
Duke Gen Med Conference Schedule: Dec. 17-20, 2018
Date Topic Lecturer Time

SAR/JAR Recruitment Report 

Chair's CPC (Coffee/Cake Pops)

Madhu Eluri to Dave Simel

Dr. Cooney

1:15 p.m.

4 p.m.


SAR Report

Intern Report

Lindsey Shantzer to Dr. Matthews

Trent Wei to Talal Dahhan

1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.


SAR Report 

Chris Pumill presents to Aimee Zaas

1:15 p.m.


SAR Report - No Report

Intern Report - Hospitalist Series - Respiratory Failure


Dr. Brogan


3 p.m.

From the Residency Office

Advocacy in Clinical Leadership Track
We are pleased to share an opportunity to participate in the Advocacy in Clinical Leadership Track (ACLT). The ACLT does not change the duration or nature of your training - it lines up ambulatory time for 12 weeks out of the year for JARs and SARs and uses one half day per week to share a curriculum in health policy and advocacy, medical education, and leadership skills.

Residents will form their own advocacy platform and deliver it in person with legislators at both the state and national levels in alternate years. Past projects selected by the residents have addressed opioid policy, drug pricing, and food insecurity, as examples. ACLT residents will also have opportunities to teach morning report and academic half day sessions with observation and feedback.

In addition, ACLT residents lead GIM Journal Club while they are on block. Please note that the ACLT may conflict with some +2 schedule requests and other opportunities in the residency program. Feel free to contact Daniella Zipkin and the chiefs with specific questions. Deadline to apply is Jan. 4, 2019.

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.