Internal Medicine Residency News, February 20, 2017

Monday, February 20, 2017

From the Program

As many of you know, Aimee is away this week. She and her family are in our thoughts.

There is still a lot going on in the program. Read below for the latest happenings, updates, and acknowledgement of the great work you do each day. Join faculty from General Internal Medicine this Fri., Feb. 24, at 7:15 a.m. for a special meet and greet (with coffee and pastries) before Medicine Grand Rounds and hear about the different career paths available in GIM.

Please send any of your news or kudos for your colleagues to Erin Payne.


Kudos this week to Kavisha Singh for an awesome SAR talk, to Kevin Smith for a great chairs conference, to Shaki Salvador for excellent patient care on neuro and to Ryan Orgel for great work at the DOC from Lynn Bowlby.

And check out a mention of Duke Med-Peds on "The Middle."

PubMed from the Program

This week's pubmed from the program features Jared Lowe, who has a poster accepted to SGIM! "A Population-Health Based Approach to Advance Care Planning." Jared Lowe M.D., Azalea Kim M.D., David Chermak B.S., Desmond Cutler B.S., Christine Bates M.D., Jenny Van Kirk M.D., Andy Mumm M.D., Laura Miller M.D., Ashley Hanlon M.D., Manisha Bhattacharya M.D., Lynn Bowlby M.D., Lawrence Greenblatt M.D., F.A.C.P.

Clinic Corner: Pickett Road

Contributed by Sharon Rubin, MD

Pickett Road has been going through staffing changes. Happy to add Helena as our new CMA and Cynthia as our new PSA. We celebrate Valentine's day with white flowers of friendship for our staff. We are planning for an early spring with planting flowers and vegetable garden by Pickett Road staff this spring. We are planning for a town hall of our Pickett Road patients as well this spring. Pickett Road is again taking the challenge of Transforming Primary Care. Our rooming staff is helping to schedule and check out patients in the room to help work flow. We now have our notary, Lavasia, for document needs! Inspired by Lauren, one of the CMAs, who donated > 11 inches of hair, Dr. Rubin and Rachel RN donated > 10 inches each of hair for Wigs for Kids.

QI Corner 

Next Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Committee (PSQC) meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. on Tues., Feb. 28. Location TBD (likely in the med res library). We will be continuing work on the inpatient HIV screening project. All residents are invited (whether you come to every meeting or you’ve never been to one, we’d love to have you get involved). 

From the Chief Residents

Morning Report and MGR: February 20-24, 2017
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location

President's Day - no morning report



Case presentation

Wynn Hunter to Diana McNeill

7:15 a.m.

DUH 8253


Motility Disorders and Dysphagia

David Leiman

7:15 a.m. DUH 8253

Case Presentation

Todd Brophy to Murat Arcasoy

7:15 a.m. DUH 8253

GIM faculty meet and greet and Medicine Grand Rounds: Sepsis Updates: Old Wine in a New Bottle

Cara O'Brien 7:15 a.m. 8:00 a.m. DUH 2002


Noon Conference: February 20-24, 2017
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location Lunch


Ara Metjian

12:00 p.m. DUH 2002



SAR Lecture Series: Peripheral Blood Smear Pearls

Julia Xu

12:00 p.m. DUH 2002



Resident M&M


12:00 p.m.

DUH 2002

Cosmic Cantina

Residency Town Hall/Resident Pet Therapy


12:00 p.m.

DUH 2001

Jason's Deli

Research Seminar

Christopher Newgard

12:00 p.m. DUH 2002 NOSH

From the Residency Office

DoM Book Club

Mark your calendars for a very special book club event on Mon., March 20, from 5:30 - 7 p.m. in the Searle Center Faculty Lounge!  We'll be reading "Modern Death" by Duke's very own Dr. Haider Warraich, who has kindly agreed to attend our event and join us for a lively discussion.  This will be a fantastic event that you don't want to miss!  

Copies of Modern Death are available at Barnes and Noble or online.  If you're interested in attending, RSVP to  

Heme/Onc Fellowship Info Meeting

The Duke Heme/Onc Fellowship Program will hold an informational meeting from 4-5 p.m. on Feb. 28 in room 212C Medical Center Library for house staff interested in the program. Drop by for pizza, drinks and to hear from current fellows. Email Nyasias Lloyd, if you plan to attend.


Stories of Careers in Medicine

The Program for Women in Internal Medicine and the Resident Professional Development Committee invite you to attend Stories of Careers in Medicine from 6-8 p.m. on Thur., March 2, in the Faculty Lounge (Seeley Mudd Building). Appetizers and drinks included.

Faculty-Resident Research Grant

We are pleased to invite you to apply for the 2017 annual “Faculty-Resident Research Grant” applications. The applications are due on April 9, 2017 for a funding start date on July 1, 2017. For JARs, the funding end date is June 30, 2018. For Interns, the funding end date is June 30, 2019

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 2017. For any questions, please contact


BLS Blitz

For any trainee whose BLS will expire between 3/13/2017 and 11/1/2017

The BLS Blitz is an opportunity for house staff to renew their American Heart Association (AHA) BLS provider certification at no cost.  Classes will run March 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017. Registration is open now and all trainees’ whose certification will expire between 3/31/2017 and 11/01/2017 are encouraged to participate. There will be no other BLS classes given at Duke until November 2017.  If you miss this Duke provided session and need BLS certification, at a cost to you, you may make arrangements with an outside AHA provider. We recommend CPR Consultants (919-850-9295) or Triangle CPR (919-851-4380).

To register
  • Log into the Duke LMS at your NetID and Password.
  • In the Learning Catalog Search box, enter BLS30101 (or Basic Life Support) and click Search.
  • Locate the desired class to attend and click Register.
Facts to Remember
  • All classes will be held in Hock Plaza, Suite G07 and will be three hours long.
  • Participants must review and have a current AHA BLS Provider Manual 2015 in hand for class.
  • A Duke ID badge must be brought to the session.
  • The class will involve physical activity, so please dress accordingly.
  • Employees are expected to park in their designated area and walk or ride the van to Hock.
  • Questions can be directed to Clinical Education and Professional Development (684-4293).
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

  • February 23 - JAR Fellowship/Career Networking Night at Dr. Klotman's House

  • February 24 - GIM faculty meet and greet

  • February 28 - Heme/Onc fellowship informational meeting

  • February 28 - PSQC Meeting

  • March 2 - Stories of Careers in Medicine

  • March 3 - Charity Auction at Motorco

  • March 17 - Match Party Celebration at Tyler's Taproom

  • March 20 - DoM Book Club

  • April 9 - Deadline for Faculty-Resident Research Grant

Funbruary Events
  • February 20 - Community Building Dinner
  • February 23 - Residency Pet Therapy and JAR Networking Event
  • February 27 - Indian Food, Games & Drinks