Internal Medicine Residency News, Jan. 27, 2020

Monday, January 27, 2020

From the Director

Woo hoo! Recruitment 2019-20 is in the books, with a fantastic MRRC Second Look Weekend to cap it off! Many thanks to all who helped us recruit what is sure to be an outstanding class of #FutureDukeResidents. Special thanks to Kayla Humphreys, David Butterly, Kim Evans and Kim Dorman for their amazing work. This week is a bit quieter, but then we have “Fun-bru-ary” so be on the lookout for some pick-me-ups during the shorter, colder month. Many thanks to Sipa Yankey, Toi Spates, Francis Ugowe, Diana Mosquera-Aguierre, Chris Asuzu, Lonnie Sullivan, Ceshae Harding, Cindy Pabon, LaShondra Arnold and Marius Chukwurah for supporting the Second Look weekend!

Tomorrow we have a special noon conference with Dr. Carol Bernstein, the GME Visiting Professor. Dr. Bernstein is a recognized expert on resident well-being, and we look forward to having time to hear from her. She also is giving GME Grand Rounds today at 5 p.m. – all are welcome.

We have an opportunity for two residents to be on the CLINICAL PROBLEM SOLVERS podcast! Email me if you are interested with a short reason why. We will pick the participants out of a hat on FRIDAY so please email me by Thursday PM. 

Next week (Feb. 2) is our first “Learn About Fellowship” meeting for rising SARs, any rising JARs planning CIP pathway and any current SARs who may apply to fellowship in the future. Same content will be covered the following week.

Kudos this week go to our My Take team of Ceshae Harding, Nathaniel Harris and Dennis Narcisse, to our tour guides Anthony Horton, Dennis Narcisse and Sean Doerfler, and our Chair’s Conference presenter Payton Kendsersky.  Also kudos from Anmol Singh to her amazing Gen Med team of Night residents Bhavik Patel, Ahmad Mourad, Matt Harbrecht, and Chris Zheng for being extremely thorough taking care of many patients overnight, interns Chelsea Perfect and Tareq Aljurf for being such hard working residents on some similarly sick patients, and medical students Krunal Amin and Kosta Morris for working incredibly hard and delivering excellent presentations! Also kudos to the Rachel Tobin for amazing work as a VA GM Intern and to Nancy Yang for her hard work as VA Dayfloat keeping everyone well cared for, fed, caffeinated and learning – both from Sam Dizon.

PubMed from the Program​
This week’s pubmed from the program goes to Chief Caroline Sloan for her publication in the Journal of General Internal Medicine -  Sloan C, Stechuchak KM, Olsen MK, Oddone EZ, Damschroder LJ, Maciejewski ML. Short-Term VA Health Care Expenditures Following a Health Risk Assessment and Coaching Trial [published online ahead of print, 2020 Jan 2]. J Gen Intern Med. PMID: 31898118.

Have a great week!

From the Chief Residents

Morning Report and MGR: Jan. 28-31, 2020
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location
1/28/20 Medication Reconciliation Dr. Howard 7:15 a.m.

DUH 8253


Sleep Apnea

Dr. Spector

7:15 a.m.

DUH 8253



Dr. Lisa Criscione-Schreiber 7:15 a.m. DUH 8253

Medicine Grand Rounds: Group Interventions in Obesity and Diabetes: Applying the Chronic Care Model in Health Services Research

Nia Mitchell, MD

David Edelman, MD

8 a.m. DUH 2002


Academic Half Day: Jan. 31, 2020
Thread Topic Lecturer Time Location



Sophia Weinmann

Steve Smith

9:15 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

VA NG032

GI Bleeding

Colorectal Cancer Screening

Mike Feiler

Brian Sullivan

9:15 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

VA PRIME Conference Room


Stress Testing

Daniella Zipkin

Nishant Shah

9:15 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

VA C8016


Noon Conference: Jan. 27-31, 2020
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location Lunch

Chair's Conference

Chris Asuzu

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2002

Noodle & Co

1/28/20 Guest Presentation 

Carol Bernstein, MD
GME Visiting Professor

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2002


1/29/20 Chair's Conference Adrian Clark-Randall

12:10 p.m.

DUH 8253

1/30/20 Reading and Tests: Strategies for Growth Program Leadership

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2001


Research Seminar


12:00 p.m.

DUH 2002

Duke Gen Med Conference Schedule: Jan. 27-30, 2020
Date Topic Lecturer Time

SAR Report

Cake Pops with Cooney

Jessie Gu to Jenny Van Kirk

Katie Pollard, Sriya Muralidharan and Jo Cavalier to Kathy Cooney

1:15 p.m.


SAR Report - DUH 8262

Intern Report 

Kathryn Hutchins to Joe Govert

Sean Taasan to Joe Brogan

1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.


SAR Report

Josh Lee to Aimee Zaas

1:15 p.m.


SAR Report 

Intern Report - Syncope

Claudia Leung to Matt Sparks 

Colby Feeney

1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.

From the Residency Office

GME Wellness Visiting Professor
Duke Office of Graduate Medical Education welcomes visiting professor Carol A. Bernstein, MD, vice chair for faculty development and wellness at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein School of Medicine. Dr. Bernstein will present "Stress, Burnout and Depression Among Physicians: Challenges & Opportunities" at 5 p.m. on Mon., Jan. 27, in Duke North 2002. Watch a live stream. Residents and Fellows can meet with Dr. Bernstein from 3:15-4:15 p.m. on Jan. 27 in DMP 2W91 and Tues., Jan. 28 from 10:45-11:45 a.m. in the Anesthesiology Conference Room, HAFS Building, 5th floor, Room 5865. Dr. Bernstein will present at the internal medicine residency program's noon conference on Tues., Jan. 27.

Proud to be GIM breakfast on Jan. 31
The Division of General Internal Medicine will host a Proud to be GIM breakfast beginning at 7:15 a.m. on Jan. 31, ahead of Medicine Grand Rounds. Drop by to mingle with GIM faculty and stay for a  MGR presentation by Nia Mitchell and David Edelman.

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 

  • Jan. 27 - GME Wellness Visiting Professor Lecture (see above for details)
  • Jan. 31 - Proud to be GIM Breakfast before Medicine Grand Rounds
  • Feb. 4 and 11 - Intro to Fellowship sessions 
  • Feb. 19 - JAR Networking Night
  • March 6 - Annual Charity Auction