Internal Medicine Residency News, December 5, 2016

Monday, December 5, 2016

From the Director

Happy December! Sorry to all who had to start shaving again … Busy times right now. Schedule request forms will be coming out in a few weeks, it is fellowship match on Wednesday, and we have the holiday party on Saturday … We took a brief hiatus from interviews last week, and are back in full swing through to the holiday break … ABIM exam registration is opening up for our SARS—please pay attention to the dates so that you don’t have to pay a late fee!  … And we have the ACGME CLER visit to Duke this week; thanks in advance to all those who are helping out with this routine institutional visit. 


Kudos this week to Ashley Spann from Josh Broder for being a great physician in the ED … to Jenny Van Kirk, Alyson McGhan, Aubrey Jolly Graham, Erin McGuire and Juan Magana from Matt Labriola for stepping in and helping out this weekend  … and to Jacob Kaufman for doing chair’s conference on Friday!

Clinic schedules are out for the “+2 weeks” in blocks 9 through 12. A huge thank you to our office, to the chiefs, and to the clinic staff for this HUGE accomplishment. Now you can take a look and see when you might have an upcoming clinic to facilitate bringing back YOUR patient to see YOU at a future appointment. We really appreciate everyone’s effort for making this happen.

PubMed from the Program

This week’s highlight goes to Lauren Collins for her upcoming presentation at CROI in Seattle!

Direct-acting antivirals improve access to care and cure for patients with HIV-HCV; Lauren F Collins, Austin Chan, Jiayin Zheng, Shein-Chung Chow, Julius M Wilder, Andrew J Muir, Susanna Naggie.

Have a great week!


Clinic Corner: Duke Outpatient Clinic

Contributed by Lynn Bowlby, MD

Hi DOC Residents! So great to see you at the DOC! And great to see the interns get more and more comfortable here!

Redesign 2-Intensive Primary Care: Our redesign work continues with HI DOC, where we will provide more onsite medical treatment … trying to keep patients with us, and not at the ED! Official start date Jan 1, 2017.

Women's Health: We are continuing to grow new ideas and programs, and working with MFM .. if any of you are interested in Nexplanon training--super easy to insert, but does need specialized training, I am working with Peds and Fam Med for a session in January, early evening.. just let me know!

Jan Dillard and Robert Diep

From Jan Dillard: Referrals to Joy and Ashley should be for intervention regarding a specific behavior that needs to change.  That may be related to a physical health issue (e.g. healthy diet, take insulin as prescribed, monitor BP daily, etc.), or it may be related to a behavioral health issue (e.g. relaxation breathing, meditation, increasing activity, etc.).  If Joy and Ashley are not available for brief interventions, I can also help.  Referrals for longer term psychotherapy (eg. CBT), psychosocial assessment, or concrete needs should come to me.  If you aren't sure, let one of us know, and we'll help you sort it out! 

And, look for new flyer (with a nut on it!) , as well as reorganized bulletin boards in precepting room flyer on PAP (patient assist program,  meds funded thru pharma) vs NC Med Assist. Do you know when to use one program vs. another for your pt?


From the Chief Residents

Morning Report and MGR: December 5-9, 2016
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location

Chronic kidney disease

Myles Wolf

7:15 a.m. DUH 8253

Case presentation

Manisha Bhattacharya to Aimee Zaas

7:15 a.m.

DUH 8253


Cost-Conscious Case presentation

David Beavers to Mary Klotman

7:15 a.m. DUH 8253

Case presentation

Brian Andonian

7:15 a.m. DUH 8253

Medicine Grand Rounds - Quality Improvement

Matthew Atkins 8:00 a.m. DUH 2002


Noon Conference: December 5-9, 2016
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location Lunch

Applicant interviews


12:00 p.m. DUH 8723



Echo for the internal medicine resident

Sounok Sen and Mike Foster

12:00 p.m. DUH 2002


12/7/16 Applicant interviews and Fellowship Match


12:00 p.m.

DUH 8723

Saladelia/China King

Duty Hours

Jennifer Averitt and Lynsey Michnowicz

12:00 p.m.

DUH 2001


Chair's Conference

Shai Posner

11:30 a.m. DUH 2002 Bull Street

From the Residency Office


Keep an eye out for emails that have the recruitment graphic—these messages mean we need your help or response.

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.

Office hours for program leaders

Please feel free to stop by during these times and of course always feel free to reach out to program leaders to set up a meeting outside of these times if needed.

  • Aimee Zaas: Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Upcoming Dates and Events

  • November 24 - Turkey Bowl
  • December 7 - Fellowship Match

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