Internal Medicine Residency News, Feb. 17, 2020

Monday, February 17, 2020

From the Director

It’s Mentoring Week! Looking forward to some great networking at noon conference and to having JAR Networking Night with the Division Chiefs and Fellowship PDs at Dr. Cooney’s home on Wednesday – all divisions, hospital medicine and primary care representing! 

Thanks to all who were able to make it to the fellowship information sessions with Bill Hargett and me – updated packet to be out this week. Looking forward to you all getting your applications together. 

Get ready for the CHARITY AUCTION! Coming up on MARCH 6. Tickets are on sale now and also available at the door. Looking forward to a fun night raising money for Lincoln Community Health Center and Senior PharmAssist.

Kudos this week go to Hannah Florian from Cindy Pabon for outstanding coordination of care for a sick patient, to Kim Cocce from Dr. Diana Medehint for amazing work overnight on Duke GM, to Nate Goodwin from Dr. Ashreen Sharif for excellent patient care in Endocrine clinic, to Bhavik Patel for a great Chair’s conference, to Jared Lowe from Dylan Ryan for his help with a patient, to Andrew Andreae from Hayley Cunningham for being a great ResCo partner, and to Nancy Yang and Justin Yoo for awesome SAR talks!

PubMed from the Program​
This week’s pubmed from the program goes to Kyle Geurink for his narrative piece published in the Journal of Graduate Medical Education “ICU Delirium.”​

Have a great week!

Clinic Corner: PRIME

Contributed by Sonal Patel and Leigh Wynkoop

Happy February to all! PRIME residents, please be sure to read your Feb. 1 monthly clinic update email.

We’re thrilled to have Steve Pappas back this week. Also welcome intern Rabab Ali to PRIME.

Staffing updates: LPN Joseph Collins has arrived to the PRIME team, from Duke. He’s working alongside Michelle Dunlap and Scott Thomas. Social worker Ashley Witherspoon is relocating to Atlanta. Stay tuned for an update on who will be our newly-assigned social worker.

Vista Web will be retired later this month. To see records from other VAs, Department of Defense, and sometimes Epic-based systems, use JLV.

Thanks for all you do for our patients and for each other, whether in PRIME or elsewhere. Happy early spring!


From the Chief Residents

Morning Report and MGR: Feb. 18-21, 2020
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location
2/18/20 Vaginal disorders Lisa Muasher 7:15 a.m.

DUH 8253


Dermatology for the Internist

Sarah Wolfe

7:15 a.m.

DUH 8253



Andrew Spector 7:15 a.m. DUH 8253

Medicine Grand Rounds: Trivia Bowl 2020: A Decade in Review​

Chief Residents

8 a.m. DUH 2002


Academic Half Day: Feb. 21, 2020
Thread Topic Lecturer Time Location
Joint Session - All Threads

Hands-on education about alternative medicine strategies: Tai-Chi, Reiki, meditation and more​

Chief Residents

9:15 a.m.


DUH 8253


Noon Conference: Feb. 17-21, 2020
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location Lunch

Keys to a successful fellowship and post-fellowship career​

Sunil Rao

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2002

Jason's Deli

2/18/20 Meet the Mentors


12:10 p.m.

DUH 2002

China King

2/19/20 Faculty reflections on mentorship Andrew Armstrong, Tian Zhang, Landon Brown

12:10 p.m.

DUH 8253

2/20/20 How to be a good mentee Aimee Zaas

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2001


Fun Lunch


12:05 p.m.

DUH 2002



Duke Gen Med Conference Schedule: Feb. 17-20, 2020
Date Topic Lecturer Time

SAR Report

James Deardorff to Murat Arcasoy

1:15 p.m.


SAR Report - DUH 8262

Intern Report 

Josh Lee to Joe Govert

Erin Song to Dana Clifton

1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.


SAR Report

Kathryn Hutchins to Aimee Zaas

1:15 p.m.


SAR Report - canceled 

Intern Report - canceled




From the Residency Office

Rheumatology Info Session
Join the Rheumatology Fellowship Program for an information session from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tues., Feb. 25. Look for more details in your email.

Narrative Medicine Returns Feb. 28
IM Residency's Narrative Medicine group will meet Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Med Res Library. Dr. Galanos (Dr. G) will precept this session. If you are interested, please RSVP to Govind Krishnan. We have found in the past that a small group fosters a sense of intimacy and allows for open sharing, so we will limit attendance to the first 10 people who RSVP.

The theme for this session will be "Relationships." If you are interested in writing a piece, feel free to write about anything this word might bring to your mind, be it the relationships you form with patients, with your co-residents, with family, or of course romantic ones. So as to give everyone who wishes to, a chance to discuss their piece, invite commentary, and open it up for discussion, we ask that you limit your piece to less than 1,000 words. So we can share our pieces with others prior to the session, if you are able to, please email Govind your piece by 2/25/2020. As a final thought, our narrative medicine sessions are considered a safe space: Whatever is shared in our session, we ask that you keep private without express permission to share with others. As always, food will be provided! 

Lunch Calendar
Click here for the February 2020 lunch calendar.

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 

  • Feb. 19 - JAR Networking Night
  • Feb. 20 - FUNBRUARY Breakfast 
  • Feb. 21 - MGR - Trivia Bowl
  • Feb. 24 - FUNBRUARY Internal Medicine Residency Bake Off
  • Feb. 25 - Rheumatology Fellowship Info Session
  • Feb. 28 - Narrative Medicine and Thank A Resident Day!
  • March 6 - Annual Charity Auction