Internal Medicine Residency News, Feb. 15, 2021

Monday, February 15, 2021

From the Director

Thank you to our amazing Chiefs (as well as the most amazing team of Lynsey and Kayla who put together all the candy grams) for dressing up and giving out literally hundreds of candy grams sent to you all from your colleagues and the GME team to thank you for your general awesomeness and also fuel those nights with a little sugary pick-me-up.  Fun-bruary is the best! Matt also was looking for a reason to re-purpose his red jean jacket vest from the holiday Zoom party. 

Fellowship info repeat night tonight at 6:30 on Zoom with Dr. Hargett and me for JARs applying to fellowship in the 2021 cycle and also any CIP interns applying to fellowship this year as well.  Dogs welcome – we had at least 5 at the fellowship meeting last week. They all seemed ready to write a personal statement or at least a letter of recommendation. 

Kudos this week go to Maggie Salinger and Henry Foote for outstanding SAR talks and Ryan Duffy for a fantastic Cohen Conference. Kudos to Michael Burt from Dr. Hannah Dzimotrowicz for moving mountains to help a patient leave the hospital, to Cindy Pabon, Nadia Yimer and Aubrie Carroll from Daniel Bernstein for making Duke Gen Med awesome, to James Helzberg (sent in by Bari Rosenberg, but echoed by Neha Kayastha and Dr. Jenny Van Kirk) for his outstanding leadership during a challenging patient code, to Brandon Durant from Omar Martinez Uribe for his excellent work caring for an ill patient on DHP, and to Kirsten Binz from Bari Rosenberg for being an awesome CICU call buddy. Y’all better keep sending the tacos … Bari is making a run for taco champ quarter 3!

PubMed from the Program
This week’s pubmed from the program goes to VA CRQS Dr Govind Krishnan for his poem that was recently published in Hektoen International Journal of Medical Humanities!  

Have a great week, we hope it will stop raining soon


Clinic Corner: VA/Prime

Contributed by Sonal Patel/Leigh Wynkoop 

3,000 first dose vaccines given this past weekend at the Durham VAMC. PRIME clinic is part of the solution, and you are a big part of this! Thanks to each of you for counseling and encouraging vaccination. Please be mindful that the VA’s criteria, which matches the CDC priority groups, have some slight differences from the state’s, so when you’re in clinic please keep an eye on the vaccine criteria (emailed each week and posted in exam rooms) and ask patients to call the main number at 919-286-0411 to get scheduled if they meet criteria.

This week PRIME welcomes back LPN Michelle Dunlap who’s been detailed to work on the inpatient units. Thanks to LPN Valerie Queen who helped out in PRIME while we were shortstaffed. LPN Joseph Collins has wrapped up his inpatient detail and is moving home to Florida.

We’re still working to expand our video visits. If your patient is appropriate for telehealth followup, please ask if they can do a video visit instead of a phone visit and enter order appropriately. Please also schedule patients for face-to-face appointments if you have not seen them in some time. 

Thanks everyone and stay safe!

From the Chief Residents

Morning Report: Feb. 16-18, 2021 via Zoom
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location


Dr. Syed 7:15 a.m. Zoom
2/17/21 Case Conference Dr. Nama 7:15 a.m. Zoom
2/18/21 Hematuria Dr. Ferrandino 7:15 a.m. Zoom


Academic Half Day: Feb. 19, 2021 via Zoom
Thread Topic Lecturer Time Location


ESRD Options

Dr. Weinmann

Dr. Ruf

9 a.m.

10:30 a.m.



Infections in Immunocompromised Hosts

Dr. Branch

Dr. Messina

9 a.m.

10:30 a.m.


Pulmonary Embolism- Review on Outpatient Management

Pulmonary Hypertension Review

Dr. Dahhan

Dr. Dahhan

9 a.m.

10:30 a.m.



Noon Conference: Feb. 15-19, 2021
Date Inpatient Topic on Zoom Lecturer Time Location Lunch
2/15/21 ACGME Survey Discussion  Chiefs 12:15 p.m.


Happy + Hale


Duke Medicine LEADS: 71-year-old male with dizziness, nausea, and difficulty walking

Yolanda Guzman, MD
Matthew Harbrecht, MD
Jonathan Komisar, MD

Panel Includes: Christopher P. Eckstein, MD; Thomas Holland, MD; Neal Ready, MD, PhD

12 p.m.


Holy Mole


Cohen Conference

Dr. Sekar 12:15 p.m.



Board Prep

Dr. Phelps 12:15 p.m.


Secrets Pho & Noodle
2/19/21 Medicine Grand Rounds: A Conversation with President Vincent Price

Note: CME credit will not be offered this session

Vincent E. Price, PhD
President, Duke University

Hosted by Kathleen A. Cooney, MD, MACP, Chair of the Department of Medicine

12 p.m.


The Grub


Report Conference Schedule: Feb. 15-18, 2021
Date Topic Lecturer Time

Holiday- no VA reports

Duke Report


Dr. Reichstein and Dr. Labriola


1:15 p.m.


VA JAR Case Report

VA Case Intern Report

Duke SAR Report

Duke Intern Report

Dr. Samsky and Dr. Morgan

Dr. Craig and Dr. Garbarino

Dr. Strong with Dr. Govert

Dr. Patel with Dr. Labriola

11 a.m.

1:30 p.m.

1:15 p.m.

2:30 p.m.


VA JAR Leadership Conference

Duke SAR Report

Dr. Caputo

Dr. Yimer with Dr. Zaas

11 a.m.

1:15 p.m.


VA Med Surg Conference 

Student Teaching

Duke ACR CAT w/ expert on topic


Dr. Guzman and TBD


Dr. Harbrecht


11 a.m.

2:30 p.m.

1:15 p.m.

From the Residency Office

Duke Primary Care Transformation Fellowship
The Duke Department of Family Medicine and Community Health is accepting applications to fill the third cohort of its two-year Primary Care Transformation Fellowship. The goal of the fellowship is to train physicians and physician assistants to lead health care transformation and improve health within their communities and community-based practice settings. NEW DEADLINE: Applications are due Feb. 22, 2021. Learn more.

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.