Internal Medicine Residency News, Jan. 7, 2019

Monday, January 7, 2019

From the Director

Happy 2019 everyone! Thank you again for your hard work over the holiday blocks, and I hope everyone had a chance to rest and reconnect with family and friends as well. We are excited to kick off the last 5 recruiting days of the year! Also, this week marks the “thread change” for our JARs and interns on ambulatory, new ACRs, and probably an annoying opportunity to have to reset passwords. As Kara reminded you, please also send in your SAC requests for blocks 10-12 ASAP as well.

Other announcements

  • SARs, don’t forget to register for the ABIM boards. 
  • JARs, if you haven’t taken Step 3 yet, please sign up ASAP as you need to have a passing score reported before receiving a PGY-3 contract.
  • Interns, you are over halfway done with intern year! WOO HOO!!
  • For all categorical residents– if you haven’t signed up for a semi-annual meeting with me or Bill, please contact Ernest ASAP!


Kudos from over the holidays to Lauren Sharan, Brittany Gatta and Alex Grubb for amazing teamwork and ICU care of a very sick veteran (from attending Francis Miller), to Dagmara Danek and Puya Abbassi from Neuro JAR Maggie Kilgore for going above and beyond on neurology over the break, and to Marge DeOliviera from Tara Spector for great care of a sick patient overnight on Duke NF. 

Congratulations to Lynsey Michnowicz on her engagement!

PubMed from the Program
This week’s pubmed from the program goes to Maggie Salinger for her op-ed in “The Hill.”  Great work, Maggie!!

Have a great start to 2019!

Clinic Corner: DOC

Contributed by Lynn Bowlby

  1. NEW at DOC—stickers in your folder box, with all 3 PP names! These are to be used on your business cards, put on the back so all 3 names are known to the patient. Not using your business cards? Be sure to pick them up from the Res office, you are welcome to keep some at the DOC, lots of shelf space in the preceptor room.
  2. LAB followup!  Super important issue, be sure to MYChart, call, have your nurse call (from your Care Team—posted on Bulletin board behind where Dr Hemming usually stands) or send letter (send to Carolyn Lawrence –our medical records person). Please document any call, can do that right on the lab.
  3. Please be sure to let me know of any challenges with rooming patients or other DOC challenges…we are working on them, and the more we all know the more we can help.
  4. Palliative Care at the DOC—send pts to me, or have me see patient with you..focus on symptoms, and how to help patients feel better, GOC discussions , ACP …just write in followup section DR B—Palliative.

Thanks for all that you do!


From the Chief Residents

Morning Report and MGR: Jan. 7-11, 2019
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location

Psychotropic Medications

Paul Riordan 7:15 a.m. DUH 8626
1/8/19 COPD Medications Patrick Gregory 7:15 a.m.

Pickett Road


Cost Conscious Care Case Presentation

Mark Robertshaw to Suchita Sata 7:15 a.m.

DUH 8253



Tim Scialla 7:15 a.m. DUH 8253

Medicine Grand Rounds: Value in health care: What’s next after precision medicine?

Yousuf Zafar, MD

8 a.m. DUH 2002
Academic Half Day: Jan. 11, 2019
Thread Topic Lecturer Time Location
Rheum/Renal/Endo Glomerulonephritis Sophia Weinmann and John Roberts 9:15 a.m. VA NG032
Rheum/Renal/Endo Diabetes Diana McNeill 10:30 a.m. VA NG032
Card/Heme/Pulm/Onc Neoadjuvant/adjuvant therapy and the multidisciplinary approach Richard Riedel 9:15 a.m. VA C8016
Card/Heme/Pulm/Onc Professional Development Karen Steinhauser 10:30 a.m. VA C8016


Noon Conference: Jan. 7-11, 2019
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location Lunch

IM Interviews - no conference


12:10 p.m.

DUH 8253


1/8/19 SAR Lecture: Stroke

Kent Feng

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2002


1/9/19 MP Interview  

12:10 p.m.

DUH 8253

1/10/19 Chief Gallops Chiefs

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2001


Chair's Conference - IM Interview

Josh Lee

11:30 a.m.

DUH 2002

Jason's Deli
Duke Gen Med Conference Schedule: Jan. 7-10, 2019
Date Topic Lecturer Time

SAR/JAR Recruitment Report 

Chair's CPC (Coffee/Cake Pops)

Hannah Dzimitrowicz to Dave Simel

Dr. Cooney

1 p.m.

4 p.m.


SAR Report

Intern Report

Adam Brock to Dr. Govert

Katherine Giarra to Tom Holland

1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.


SAR Report 

Elizabeth Ockerman presents to Aimee Zaas

1:15 p.m.


SAR Report 

Intern Report - Hospitalist Series 

Nicole Jawitz to Joel Boggan


1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.

From the Residency Office

Coaching Program Survey
Don't forget: 
Interns, please complete the coaching program survey sent from Karen.Steinhauser@Duke.Edu on Friday, Jan. 4. Please complete the survey by Jan. 21. There will be a certificate (your choice of local beverage establishment e.g. Ponysaurus, Black Twig, etc.) raffle for those who complete the survey on time.

Free Membership to AAHPM
The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine is offering free student and resident membership as of Jan. 1, 2019. Membership includes access to the membership discussion platform, ability to enroll in the Mentor Match, electronic version to the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, and more. Learn more.

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.