Internal Medicine Residency News, Feb. 18, 2019

Monday, February 18, 2019

From the Director

intern valentine's day gatheringFun-bruary continues! Thanks to Lynsey and Tia for passing out our Valentine gummy bears last week! And to the Stead leaders for breakfast on Valentine’s Day. This week, we have ResTeering on Wednesday night at Urban Ministries followed by the Duke-UNC basketball game viewing party hosted by GME! Let’s GO Duke! Thanks to Ariel Lefland for hosting an intern Valentine’s get together (see photo)!

We also have our first fellowship info night on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Med Res Library. If you are a rising SAR (or an intern planning to do the CIP match), this meeting is for you! We will hold the same meeting next Tuesday as well, so please plan on attending one or the other (same content). If you are unable to attend either meeting, please let me know, and we can get you the information in a 1:1 meeting.

We are looking forward to the NC ACP meeting on Friday, as well as, the CHARITY AUCTION!! It is SUCH a great event; we look forward to seeing you all there!


Kudos this week go to Talisha Ramchal for her outstanding SAR talk, to Anthony Horton for a great Chair’s conference, to Anthony Horton from Joe Lerman for his help in a busy DOC clinic, to Callie Berkowitz and Sean Chen from Vinay Choksi for helping out when Vinay was sick, and to Matt Labriola and Matt Tucker (the “GU ONC MATTS”) for tearing it up at GU-ASCO this weekend (from Jason Zhu). Stay tuned for their pubmed from the program.

PubMed from the Program
This week’s pubmed from the program goes to Shannon Niedermeyer and Mike Murn for their recent publication in Chest! Respiratory Failure in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Niedermeyer S, Murn M, Choi PJ. Chest. 2019 Feb;155(2):401-408. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2018.06.035. Epub 2018 Jul 7. Review.

Have a great week!

Clinic Corner: PRIME

Contributed by Sonal Patel and Leigh Wynkoop

PRIME clinic staffLPN Liz Dyer has moved to the Raleigh VA, which is much closer to her home. We will miss her! Here’s a photo of her and some of the staff on National Wear Red Day.

The PRIME staff will be having a retreat the morning of March 1 for team-building to continue our efforts to make PRIME a high functioning team-based clinic for all of us to work in.

John Paul Shoup pulled some numbers for our patient-provider continuity and LEAD Chester Kao did a deep dive into what might be best practices to glean from the highest-scoring teams. Things to focus on:

  1. Be SURE you have the RIGHT clinic chosen in the drop-down area of the RTC order (you cannot just type in the comment field; you have to manually change the clinic for someone else)
  2. Use the color coded team sheets to determine follow-up for each of your patients
  3. Please emphasize to patients assigned to you that YOU would like to see them back in clinic next time and for the patient to do their best to schedule with YOU.

If you have admin/comp time assigned, please check in with Leigh/Dr. Patel; we are working on rolling out a new CPRS note template to be used to reflect that you’ve reviewed the charts of high-risk patients, and includes specific areas to highlight potential interventions.

When the next continuity clinic survey opens (which is soon!) PLEASE complete it. We really do value your input and are constantly making changes to make PRIME a great place for you to be.

We’ve accumulated a bunch of “WOW” forms for our residents – shouts out to Eric Wei, Shannon Niedermeyer, Tanmay Gokhale, Tara Holder, Nathan Moulton, and Chris Pumill who were singled out by patients for their excellence.

All of you are doing great work every day, both in PRIME and in your other clinical settings. Thanks for all you do to care for patients and for each other – and take care of yourselves too in this flu season!

Sonal and Leigh

From the Chief Residents

Morning Report and MGR: Feb. 18-22, 2019
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location

Knee Pain and the Knee Exam

Tracy Ray 7:15 a.m. DUH 8253
2/19/19 ID Board Review Aimee Zaas 7:15 a.m.

DUH 8253



Schuyler Jones 7:15 a.m.

DUH 8253


Case Presentation

Adrian Randall to Harvey Cohen 7:15 a.m. DUH 8253

Medicine Grand Rounds: Patient-Centered Kidney Care: The Value and Values of Getting There

Clarissa Diamantidis, MD, MHS

8 a.m. DUH 2002
Academic Half Day: Feb. 22, 2019
Thread Topic Lecturer Time Location
All Threads

QI Population Health

Joel Boggan and John Paul Shoup

9:15 a.m.

DUH 8253


Noon Conference: Feb. 18-22, 2019
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location Lunch

Fun Lunch!


12:10 p.m.

DUH 2002



SAR Lecture: Sickle Cell Crisis

Hannah Dzimitrowicz

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2003


2/20/19 SAR Lecture MP: Controversies in Nephrology: Vancomycin and Contrast Associated AKI Rebecca Ruf

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2002

2/21/19 M&M Joel Boggan and John Paul Shoup

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2001

China King

Medicine Research Seminar: Vascular guidance of innate heart regeneration

Ravi Karra

12:05 p.m.

DUH 2002

Duke Gen Med Conference Schedule: Feb. 18-21, 2019
Date Topic Lecturer Time

SAR Report

CPC - Canceled

Ryan Anderson to Bill Hargett


1 p.m.



SAR Report 

Intern Report 

Filley Howe to Dr. Govert

Nick Koutlas to Stephen Bergin

1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.


SAR Report 

Amadea Britton presents to Aimee Zaas

1:15 p.m.


SAR Report 

Intern Report - Hospitalist Lecture Series

Maryann Osayande to Joel Boggan


1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.

From the Residency Office

Narrative Medicine Returns
We're super excited to announce our next Narrative Medicine session on Mon., March 4 at 6:30 p.m. in Med Res! We are incredibly lucky to have Dr. Galanos (AND potentially Dr. Barfield as well) to precept our next meeting! Our prompt this session will be "Write from the perspective of a patient's family member/friend." By choosing this theme, we hope to inspire you to think about the thoughts, fears, and uncertainty that loved ones experience while helping us care for their family/friends in the hospital.

If you are interested in joining us, please send Matt Labriola an e-mail so we know how many to expect and can plan out how many narratives can be discussed. Dinner/drinks will be provided. To ensure a safe and intimate space, we are limited to ~12 participants so make sure to grab a spot!

14th Annual Duke Health Quality and Safety Conference
Registration is now open for the 14th Annual Duke Health Quality and Safety Conference. To register, go to or through our intranet page

Learn more about this year's conference:

Leadership skills session
Join PWIM for a special presentation on leadership skills. Learn strategies for how to be an effective leader, from advocating for yourself to communication strategies for success. Mary Trabert, MBA, CAPM, is the Administrative Director of the Duke Center for Health Measurement and an experienced speaker on practical leadership skills.

Session will be held from 6-8 p.m., Feb. 27, in DMP 2w96.

Please RSVP to

Funding opp: Faculty-Resident Research Grant
We are pleased to invite you to apply for the 2019 annual Faculty-Resident Research Grant applications. The applications are due on April 1, 2019 for a funding start date on July 1, 2019. For JARs, the funding end date is June 30, 2020. For Interns, the funding end date is June 30, 2021. See email for application instructions. For any questions, or to discuss mentorship and research project opportunities please contact

#ProudtobeGIM Gathering
In partnership with the Society of General Internal Medicine, the GIM divisions Duke and UNC are joining forces to host our Inaugural #ProudtobeGIM gathering on Wed., Feb. 27, from 6 to 9 p.m. We will be gathering at the University Club, enjoying food and drink and looking out over Chapel Hill and Durham from the 17th Floor of University Towers (3100 Tower Blvd. in Durham). Please RSVP here.

DukeMed Hoops Watch
Don't forget to RSVP for Duke Medical Alumni Association's Duke v. UNC game viewing party, 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 20. RSVP here.

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 - Fellowship Informational Meeting
  • Feb. 20 - ResTeering event AND Duke v. UNC Game Watch
  • Feb. 22 - Duke IM Charity Auction
  • Feb. 26 - Fellowship Informational Meeting
  • March 15 - Match Day Party!