Internal Medicine Residency News, February 27, 2017

Monday, February 27, 2017

From the Program

Congratulations to all who participated in NC ACP! See below for program winners and a full list of participants. Last week also brought the JARs together for a faculty networking event at Dr. Klotman's (thanks to Dr. Klotman for hosting) and time with the Duke pet therapy program. Click here to learn about the program and how to place an order for pet therapy.

Coming up this week:

  • Tomorrow there will be an information session about heme/onc fellowship at Duke from 4-5 p.m. in room 212C in the Medical Center Library. 
  • Thursday, March 2, PWIM and the Resident Professional Development Committee invite you to attend Stories of Careers in Medicine from 6-8 p.m. in the Faculty Lounge (Seeley Mudd Building).
  • Friday night, March 3, is the annual Charity Auction, and tonight join your colleagues for Indian food, games and drinks as part of Funbruary!

Don't forget: Please send any of your news or kudos for your colleagues to Erin Payne. View all event photos from last week.

Have a great week!


Kudos this week go to Megan Dupuis, AJ Blood, Sarah Nouri, Michael Dorry, Brittany Gatta and Caroline Sloan for helping so much with obtaining donations for the Charity Auction. Also to the many residents, attendings, and IM administrators (Tia, Lynsey, Jen, Erin, Emily, Mary) for helping with planning, making generous donations, and donating their time/talents towards the auction from Maggie Infeld and Coco Fraiche. Kudos to Lauren Ring and Stephanie Li for being amazing co residents in the VA MICU. They are consistently supportive both pre and post call no matter what and great role models. And to Kevin Smith from one of his peers: "I just want to say that guy is an amazing primary care doctor for his patients, he motivated me to do better." Additional kudos to Lauren Ring for excellent care of a patient transfer to the Durham VA. And kudos to Sarah Nouri and Nicole Helmke for being amazing JARS and providing great patient care on VAgen med and to Corey Bradley, Nicole Jawitz, and Claire Smith for fantastic cross cover all month, from Matt Labriola.

PubMed from the Program

This week's pubmed from the program features all of the residents who presented posters at NC ACP. See the attached list for names and project titles. We would like to congratulate winners of the Clinical Vignette posters:

2nd place  -  John Paul Shoup, "Cobalt Cardiac myopathy in a young woman"

3rd place - Courtney Lamberton, "Comfortably hypoxic"

Clinic Corner: Ambulatory Medicine

Contributed by Daniella Zipkin, MD

Society of General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting, April 19-22

We are thrilled by the level of academic work and career interest in general internal medicine these days, and we have a record number of residents whose work will be presented at this year’s SGIM meeting. Congratulations to this crew (in alphabetical order)!!

  • Manisha Bhattacharya
  • Azalea Kim
  • Lakshmi Krishnan
  • Matt Labriola
  • Jared Lowe
  • Leah Machen
  • Joe Plaksin

Also, big thanks to Patrick Hemming, one of our attendings at the DOC, for being proactive in mentoring GIM residents and linking them to scholarship opportunities!

New Next Year

We will be launching a new one-week rotation called L.E.A.D, Leadership, Education, Administration and Doctoring (you see what I did there?!). This will be a clinic “immersion” experience at your respective continuity sites where you will have the lead role in helping the clinic flow. Each site will have its own schedule and curriculum, stay tuned for details!


We have heard your feedback on the continuity clinic survey and at town halls, thank you! We are always working to make clinic experiences smoother. You can always drop an email to Dr. Zipkin and your clinic leadership to give us your thoughts and suggestions. TIA.

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 27-March 3, 2017
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location

Case Presentation

Eric Black-Maier to Schuyler Jones

7:15 a.m. DUH 8253

Adrenal Gland Disorders

Diana McNeill

7:15 a.m.

DUH 8253


Cost Conscious Case

Drew Demaio to Mary Klotman

7:15 a.m. DUH 8253

Musculoskeletal Exam

Larry Greenblatt

7:15 a.m. DUH 8253

Medicine Grand Rounds: Trivia Bowl

The Chiefs 8:00 a.m. DUH 2002


Noon Conference: February 27-March 3, 2017
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location Lunch

MKSAP GIM/G Briefing

Sharon Rubin/Tony Galanos

12:00 p.m. DUH 2002/DN 8262 Domino's

SAR Lecture Series: Perioperative Risk Assessment

David Kopin

12:00 p.m. DUH 2002

China King


Interpretation of Abdominal CT scans

Tracy Jaffe

12:00 p.m.

DUH 2002


Congenital heart diseases

Richard Krasuski

12:00 p.m.

DUH 2001


Chair's Conference

Stephan Kimani

12:00 p.m. DUH 2002 Rudinos

From the Residency Office

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.


Califf Medicine Resident Research Award Competition

The annual Califf Medicine Resident Research Award competition abstracts are due on April 10, 2017.

Awards presentation will take place on May 4, 2017 between 5-7 p.m. in Searle Center Lecture Hall. Abstracts (300 words) and supporting mentor's letter are due on April 10, 2017. Please see attached abstract preparation instructions. All abstracts submitted for competition will also be presented as posters.

The top 3 abstracts will be selected by a faculty committee for the Califf Research Awards and these research projects will be presented as 15 minute talks 6 pm – 7 p.m. Two best poster awards will be selected (Research poster and QI poster) by the Chief Residents during the poster viewing session prior to Grand Rounds.

We invite all of you to present your scholarly activities as posters (we can send you poster templates):

  1. Basic, clinical and translational research projects
  2. Case studies / vignettes including ACP posters from 2017
  3. QI projects
  4. Please plan on presenting your posters posters that you have presented previously at a national scientific meeting

To discuss any issues related to the application process or once you have decided to submit an abstract, please e-mail to declare your intention to submit, your research mentor's name and the title of your poster.  Please contact the MedRes office staff (Ms. Tia Williams) for assistance with the poster preparation process.

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  

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 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

  • April 10 - Deadline for Califf Medicine Resident Research Awards

  • May 4 - Resident Research Night

Funbruary Events
  • February 27 - Indian Food, Games & Drinks