Internal Medicine Residency News, Feb. 6, 2018

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

From the Director

Happy Funbruary! Keep your eyes out for messages from Erin regarding activities and events that will take place throughout the month! Tonight is Ponysaurus and of course Thursday is the big Duke-UNC game!  Hope to see y’all there!


Double kudos this week go to Shaki Salvador – from Kyle Guerink for being an awesome VA JAR and from Dave D’alessio for being amazing to work with at Lincoln Community Health Center! Also kudos to Ashley Spann for an outstanding DIHI presentation! Many thanks to all who supported our 2nd Look Weekend – we really appreciate your hard work in representing Duke and recruiting amazing “future Duke residents.”  Also kudos to Bonike Olurontoba and Camille Frazier-Mills for being keynote speakers.

PubMed from the Program

This week’s pubmed from the program goes to Sipa Yankey for his abstract acceptance to the ACC 67th Annual Scientific Session “Aortic Valve Replacement and Outcomes in Patients with Severe AS: Is it Black or White?”

Happy FUN-bruary!



Clinic Corner: DOC

Contributed by Lynn Bowlby

Accessing the CSRS
A tip from a PRIME resident on access the CSRS, aka the opioid state data base.

How to get a PW and use it, very important with the new laws and in today’s climate.

Today I emailed NC CSRS and got in touch with Kristen Weisberg (email address, who provided alternate instructions that helped. She said it would be okay if anyone is still having trouble to reach out to her about access, so wanted to pass her contact info along in case there are still residents having trouble getting registered.

Patient Food Distribution
We are lucky enough to have Med Students providing fresh food for our patients..

The next distribution date is February 23 from 3-5:30. The dates for the rest of the year are March 23, April 27, May 25, June 22, July 27 and Aug. 24.

If a patient is identified as food insecure, they can be referred to Jan to be added to our Epic patient list. We recommend using the Hunger Vital Sign to screen patients for food insecurity. An answer of yes to either or both of the two questions would be a positive screen:

  1. Within the past 12 months we worried whether our food would run out before we got money to buy more.
  2. Within the past 12 months the food we bought just didn’t last and we didn’t have money to get more.

We want to help any patient with food insecurity.

'Quit on the Go' Trial
“The ‘Quit on the Go’ Trial will be expanding its recruitment efforts in the Duke Outpatient Clinic with the introduction of a new research-specific Maestro Care Best Practice Alert (BPA). ‘Quit on the Go’ is a Duke research study evaluating smoking cessation apps that help those with serious mental illness quit smoking. The ‘Quit on the Go’ research team pre-screens the medical records to identify potentially eligible patients who have upcoming appointments at the clinic.

This BPA will be used by clinic providers and rooming staff to communicate with our research staff about particular patients. Someone from the research team may request that you approach your patient to ask them if they are interested in participating in the study. Utilizing this BPA tool will facilitate this process with you simply indicating your patient’s response with a quick two-click response of “Interested”, “Declined”, or “Not Eligible”. Your response to this BPA will be automatically be communicated to the research team, who can then follow up with your patient to screen and possibly enroll them into the study. We look forward to working with you.

Any questions in regards to this study can be sent to the Study Coordinator, Javier Rizo – or the main study email –

Please let me know if you have any further questions, comments or concerns. We’ll be in touch soon to check-in once this BPA goes live.

From the Chief Residents

Morning Report and MGR: Feb. 5-9, 2018
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location

Men's Health

Lawrence Greenblatt

7:15 a.m. DUH 8252
2/6/18 Overview of Anemia Murat Arcasoy 7:15 a.m.

DUH 8252


Cost Conscious Case

Kristen Batich to Joe Rogers 7:15 a.m. DUH 8252


Julia Scialla 7:15 a.m. DUH 8252

Medicine Grand Rounds: Skeletal Muscle in Health and Disease: A STIM1-ulating Story

Paul Rosenberg, MD

8 a.m. DUH 2002


Noon Conference: Feb. 5-9, 2018
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location Lunch

MKSAP Pulmonary

Jesse Tucker

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2002 Domino's

Special Med-Peds Combined Lecture: Health Care Innovation

Patrick Conway, MD,
CEO and President of Blue Cross Blue Shield NC and former CMO of CMS

12:10 p.m. DUH 2002

Jason's Deli


Med-Peds SAR Lectures

Pavle Milutinovic and Laura Miller

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2002


Residency Council Town Hall


12:10 p.m.

DUH 2002


Chair's Conference

Nick Shelburne

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2002

Duke Gen Med Conference Schedule: Feb. 5-9, 2018
Date Topic Lecturer Time

SAR Report

Chair's Sign outs

Emily Kinsey to Diana McNeill

​Gen Med 1 to Joseph Rogers 

1:15 p.m.

6:30 p.m.


SAR Report

Dan Maselli to Joe Govert

1:15 p.m.


SAR Report

Intern Report

Ashley Naughton to Aimee Zaas

Monty Natour to Diana McNeill

1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.


SAR Report/QI Conference

Intern Hospitalist Series - Pneumonia

Ashley Spann to Dr. Setji

Dr. Telloni

1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.

From the Residency Office

School of Medicine Blood Drive

The School of Medicine will host a blood drive in partnership with the American Red Cross on Thur., March 8, from 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Trent Semans Center. 

Voices of Medicine

The Department of Medicine will present another staging of Voices of Medicine, a live show featuring true stories from our faculty, trainees, and staff, on Feb. 28, 2018. Learn more.

The theme of this show is humility.

Duke faculty, trainees, and staff are invited to make a story pitch. We’ll select five storytellers, and Jeff Polish, executive director of the Monti, will help you hone your story to an 8-minute gem that you will tell on stage in front of a live audience. To volunteer to tell a story, register here.

Show details
The Voices of Medicine show will take place Wednesday, February 28, 2018 in the Trent Semans Center for Health Education (Sixth Floor).

  • Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7:00 p.m.
  • Appetizers and beverages will be provided.
  • Get a free ticket here.
Check out The Scope

The Scope is a weekly newsletter that goes out on Fridays and summarizes the best evidence-based medical research from the week in a few fun and easy-to-read sentences. You can check out this weeks email below and people can sign up, see prior issues, and learn more about it at

Faculty-Resident Research Grant

The applications are due on April 8, 2018 for a funding start date on July 1, 2018.

For JARs, the funding end date is June 30, 2019. For Interns, the funding end date is June 30, 2020.

Attached please find the application forms, instructions, and sample NIH format biosketch (the old NIH Bioskecth format forms are acceptable for your CV)

Please submit your application as a single word or pdf file that includes your mentor’s NIH Biosketch (the new versus old NIH Biosketch format is optional for your mentor).

Please email a pdf file of the signed mentor's support letter with your application by April 9, either as part of the entire application or separately.

Each proposal must have a Human subjects section that describes the protections of the patients and patient data, describe the consent procedure if applicable, status of IRB protocol (to be submitted, already submitted or already approved, as appropriate) etc. This section is required whether to not your project is a retrospective or prospective study, whether patient identifiers are exposed (or not) during data collection/analysis, whether consent is to be obtained or there is a waiver for consent. Please see attached example language that you can adapt to your own specific protocol after discussing with your research mentor.

The next opportunity to apply for a research grant will be in September 2018. Please also find attached scholarship opportunity calendar for this academic year 2017-2018

For any questions, or to discuss mentorship and research project opportunities please contact

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

  • March 16 - Match Day!

  • April 20 - Charity Auction at Motorco

​​Fun-bruary Events!
  • Feb. 6 - Kick-off Drinks (First Round on the Program)
  • Feb. 8 - Duke/UNC Basketball Game with DukeMed Alumni
  • Feb. 10 - White Coat Moral March
  • Feb. 14 - Valentine's Day Stead Breakfast
  • Feb. 16 - 2nd Annual Salsa Lessons with Tara Holder
  • Feb. 19 - Orgain Stead Mixer at Pour Taproom
  • Feb. 26 - Pet Therapy
  • Feb. 28 - Voices in Medicine