Internal Medicine Residency News, Jan. 6, 2020

Monday, January 6, 2020

From the Director

Welcome back from the holidays. Many thanks for your patient care over the Holiday Block, and a very happy 2020 to all. Thanks to Dr. Cooney and the Department of Medicine for both the Christmas and New Year’s dinners. It's hard to believe that we are in the second half of the academic year.

I am looking forward to an outstanding last month of recruitment, great conferences, the annual Charity Auction, Mentoring Week, and many more events and programming throughout the rest of this year. Lots and lots of thanks to you all for supporting the program's efforts at recruiting a fantastic intern class for next year.

If you have not scheduled a “semi-annual” meeting with Dr. Hargett (SARs) or me (interns and JARs), please email Lynsey to get on our calendar for the next couple weeks. We look forward to talking with you about your goals for the latter part of this year.

SARs, we will be talking about important dates and planning for the second half of SAR year at a SAR-only (and fast-tracking JARs!) noon conference on Tuesday. I will send out the slides afterwards but hope you can be there. Interns and JARs, please let us know if you have any questions about the schedule request forms for next year. Feel free to stop in or email me, an APD, or the chiefs.

Did you know there is a great new podcast? Check out Cardionerds, started by the Cleveland Clinic Cardiology fellows. One episode features Duke alum, Dr. Sneha Vakamudi!  It’s quite good and getting excellent reviews on #medtwitter.

We’ve got some kudos that came in just prior to break, including to James Helzberg from the DHP team for his great work, to Madhu Eluri and Nathan Hirshman from Yasmin O’Keefe and Danielle Richardson for their leadership in a mock stroke code at DRH, to Brian Rabe from Danielle Howard and the neuro team for his work overnight in a complex situation, to Jung Ko and Ceshae Harding from Lauren Donnangelo for their great work on Duke GM, to Soo Lim, Grace Lee, Chester Kao, John Davy, Sean Chen, for being THE BEST MICU crew, and to Brian Wasserman for his patience, teaching, and compassionate care both from Ahmad Mourad, and also from Lauren to Amanda Boyd, Anmol Singh, Diana Mosquera and Jessie Gu for their amazing support​.

PubMed from the Program​
This week’s pubmed from the program goes to Chelsea Perfect on her recent publication,"Improving Care for Older Adults with HIV: Identifying Provider Preferences and Priorities." Perfect C, Wilson L, Wohl D, Okeke NL, Sangarlangkarn A, Tolleson-Rinehart S. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019 Dec 17. doi: 10.1111/jgs.16296. [Epub ahead of print] No abstract available. PMID:31846059.

Happy New Year to all, and have a great week!

Clinic Corner: DOC

Contributed by Lynn Bowlby

We will see many of you in Town Hall this week and the end of the month. Bring your ideas for the DOC. Thanks for all the hard work you do for our patients!

Lynn and Team


From the Chief Residents

Morning Report and MGR: Jan. 7-10, 2020
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location
1/7/20 Weight loss: Work-up and Management Karl Bernat 7:15 a.m.

DUH 8253


Continuity Clinic town hall (at each CC site)

Pickett Road - 7:15 a.m.

DOC and VA - 7:30 a.m.





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

Medicine Grand Rounds: From Last to First! Changes in Renal Cell Carcinoma: Therapies, Outcomes, and Opportunities

Tian Zhang, MD

8 a.m. DUH 2002


Academic Half Day: Jan. 10, 2020
Thread Topic Lecturer Time Location



Ali Qamar

Winn Seay

9:15 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

VA NG032

Maestro training

Daniella Zipkin

9:15 a.m.

10:40 a.m.

VA PRIME Conference Room

Spirometry Cases

Chronic Cough

Stephen Bergin

9:15 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

VA C8016


Noon Conference: Jan. 6-10, 2020
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location Lunch

Recruitment Day - No Conference


12:00 p.m.

DUH 8253


1/7/20 SAR Special Session

Aimee Zaas

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2002

Noodle & Company

1/8/20 Med-Peds Recruitment Day --

12:00 p.m.

DUH 8253

1/9/20 GI Emergencies Rey Quevedo

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2001

Cosmic Cantina

Chair's Conference

Nathaniel Harris

11:30 a.m.

DUH 2002

Jason's Deli
Duke Gen Med Conference Schedule: Jan. 6-10, 2020
Date Topic Lecturer Time

JAR/SAR combined conference

Chris Ferreri

1 p.m.


SAR Report - DUH 8262

Intern Report 

Austin Wesevich to Joe Govert

Matt Abott to Tony Galanos

1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.


SAR Report

Juliette to Aimee Zaas

1:15 p.m.


SAR Report - Safety Report

Intern Report - Respiratory Failure

Joel Boggan and Lara Hayes

Jenny Van Kirk

1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.

From the Residency Office

ACLT Accepting Applications
Rising JARs and SARs: Don't forget to submit applications for Advocacy in Clinical Leadership Track by Jan. 10. See Daniella Zipkin for more information.

Duke APAMSA meeting Jan. 15
Duke APAMSA (Asian and Pacific American Medical Student Association) will be hosting an Asian Women in Medicine Wine and Cheese in TSCHE Classroom 3 from 7:30-9 p.m. on Jan. 15. The goal of this event is have a space for Asian women residents and medical students to share their experiences working in the medical field and engage with strategies to create positive changes in our communities. We will be centering the conversation around topics of identity, stereotypes, stigma, and mental health. Please RSVP here

For those who may not be familiar, APAMSA is a national organization that aims to address issues important to Asian American communities and medical providers. Please reach out to Christine Wu ( or Alice Yu ( with any questions. 

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. 10 - ACLT application deadline
  • Jan. 15 - Duke APAMSA​
  • March 6 - Annual Charity Auction