Internal Medicine Residency News, Dec. 3, 2018

Monday, December 3, 2018

From the Director

Happy December! We have some great “MO-vember” pictures, with many thanks to our amazing residents for raising more than $700 for men’s health programs. OMG, now shave those amazing and ridiculous mustaches!

What a big week – congratulations again to our fantastic SAR class on their fellowship match, and to those who are pursuing what our parents affectionately refer to as “real jobs” following residency training. We could not be more proud of each and every one of you.  JARs, don’t worry. We have an entire program of fellowship/job prep ready to get rolling just after the new year.

Our ACLT group met with Secretary of HHS Dr. Mandy Cohen this week to learn about advocacy. Excitingly, the ACLT is now called the ADVOCACY CLINICAL LEADERSHIP TRACK. What a great opportunity for us to get involved with a core function of physicians – advocating at a system level for better care for our patients. Way to go Dani, Alex and the ACLT team!

Many many thanks to Chris Hostler, Steve Pappas, Tom Lefevre, Brian Hayes and Bruce Capehart for sharing their stories about caring for Veterans at noon conference. We appreciate your service now and always.


Kudos this week go to Allen Witt, Grace Lee, and Linh Nguyen (Family Med), our CAD nights interns from cards fellow Kevin Friede for hard work on a really busy night, to David Elliott and Kyle Guerink from Lauren Donnangelo for being amazing and supportive teammates caring for patients at the VA, from Sonali Bracken to Jordan Gales and Michael Burt for taking outstanding care of a patient with metastatic cancer who is transitioning to hospice care and allowing him "to keep his dignity." Per Sonali, the patient asked me to specifically reach out to them both and tell him that he is so appreciative of everything they have done for him and that "he loves those guys."  Also from Sonali to Sara Coles for being a VA GM Rockstar, and from Anmol Singh to Callie Berkowitz for managing the practice partnership inbox with promptness, accuracy, grace and outstanding work ethic and to Alie Mara for helping out when Anmol ran behind in clinic. Kudos as well to Anmol for her phenomenal chair’s conference!

PubMed from the Program
This week’s pubmed from the program goes to Sean Chen for his paper Chen, ST, and Melloni, C. "Atrial Fibrillation in Cancer Patients: Recognizing Gaps in Care." Journal of the American College of Cardiology 72, no. 16 (October 2018): 1923-1925.

Holy cow, it’s time to register for boards. SARs, we will send out the information but please remember to register before the prices go up.

Have a great week!

From the Chief Residents

Morning Report and MGR: Dec. 3-7, 2018
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location

ACLT Lecture/Discussion

Ben Ranard 7:15 a.m. DUH 8262
12/4/18 Management of Colorectal Cancer Michael Lidsky 7:15 a.m.

Pickett Road


Cost Conscious Case

Katie Charles and Kathy Cooney 7:15 a.m.

DUH 8253


Case Presentation

Tamara Saint-Surin to Kim Johnson 7:15 a.m. DUH 8253

Medicine Grand Rounds: Quality Improvement Medicine Grand Rounds: 

Becky A. Smith, MD

8 a.m. DUH 2002


Noon Conference: Dec. 3-7, 2018
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location Lunch

IM Interviews - no conference





12/4/18 SAR Lecture: Medical Management of Surgical Issues

Nicole Jawitz

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2002


12/5/18 MP Interview  

12 p.m.

DUH 8253

12/6/18 Lung Transplantation and CF Dr. Mohamedaly

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2001

Jason's Deli

IM Interviews - Chair's

Tamara Saint-Surin

11:30 a.m.

DUH 2002

Parker & Otis
Duke Gen Med Conference Schedule: Dec. 3-6, 2018
Date Topic Lecturer Time

SAR/JAR Recruitment Report 

Chair's CPC (Coffee/Cake Pops) - Canceled

Sean Doerfler to Dave Simel


1:15 p.m.



SAR Report

Intern Report

Chris Pumill to Joe Govert

Chester Kao to Julia Scialla

1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.


SAR Report 

Brian Wasserman presents to Aimee Zaas

1:15 p.m.


SAR Report

Intern Report - Hospitalist Series - Mobility

Lindsay Shantzer to Joel Boggan

Steve Telloni

1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.

From the Residency Office

Research Opportunities

The deadline for submitting an abstract for the NC Chapter of ACP is Dec. 15, 2018. The meeting will be held in Raleigh, Feb. 22-23, 2019. Scholarly activity can be in clinical research, basic research, clinical vignette, quality improvement and high value care. Learn more.

Duke Department of Medicine is accepting applications for the R38 Research Pathway for categorical internal medicine residents committed to a career as a physician-investigator in academic medicine. Applications are due Dec. 10, 2018. See details in email.

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.

Upcoming Dates and Events

  • Dec. 8 - Holiday Party