Internal Medicine Residency News, Jan. 8, 2018

Monday, January 8, 2018

From the Director

It’s finally getting warmer! Thanks to all for keeping the fires burning here while it was bitterly cold outside, helping us deal with the burst pipes, and generally just doing great work during the holiday weeks and into the new year.

We are excited to start radiology rounds on Duke Gen Med this week, with 4th year radiology residents up on the 8th floor ready to review key studies with the gen med teams.  Many thanks to Radiology PD Karen Goldstein and Radiology senior Vishwan Pamarthi as well as our very own Jason Zhu for setting this up!

On behalf of the entire program we would like to thank Matt Crowley for his amazing leadership as the head of the Kempner Society and welcome Juliessa Pavon (former DRH/Amb chief and current Geriatrics Faculty) as the new head of Kempner Society.  Matt was an instrumental force in starting the Stead Tread and a fantastic leader, and we look forward to his continued involvement. Juliessa, we know you will continue the excellence of the Kempner Society!


Kudos this week to Talisha Ramchal for an outstanding chair’s conference, to Hannah Dzmictrowicz and Hari Ramalingam from Dr Colby Feeney (and me too!) for their excellent care of patients on Duke Gen Med over the holidays, to Josh P. Lee and Nick Kamp from Brian Golubski and Marge DeOliviera for fantastic leadership in the CCU, and to Ashley Hanlon from Tanya Aylward for helping out with a late VA MICU admission.

Many congratulations to Sam and Lauren Lindner (and big bro Jack) on the birth of Audrey Lindner! We can’t wait to meet her. Everyone is doing well!

PubMed from the Program

This weeks pubmed from the program goes to Phil Liu for his recent publication (with many Duke faculty) in JAMA Surgery, "Association of Integrated Care Coordination With Postsurgical Outcomes in High-Risk Older Adults The Perioperative Optimization of Senior Health (POSH) Initiative." Shelley R. McDonald, DO, PhD1,2,3; Mitchell T. Heflin, MD, MHS1,2,3; Heather E. Whitson, MD, MHS1,2,3; Thomas O. Dalton, MD4; Michael E. Lidsky, MD5; Phillip Liu, MD, MBA1; Cornelia M. Poer, MSW, LCSW3; Richard Sloane, MPH3; Julie K. Thacker, MD6; Heidi K. White, MD, MHS, MEd1,3; Mamata Yanamadala, MBBS, MSc1,2,3; Sandhya A. Lagoo-Deenadayalan, MD, PhD2,3,6

Have a great week!



Clinic Corner: DOC

Contributed by Lynn Bowlby


Happy New year! Today we have just 2 items:

  1. In the spirit of the New Year and getting a fresh start, take a look at the attached Thrive Guide, or use the app. Just skim thru it, and see all that we do, and strategies for many issues.
  2. A reminder that if asked to write a letter, complete forms, receive a unpleasant MyChart message from a pt, called by an attorney or the police, or any unusual request, etc., let me know! Call cell, email, page thru cell, etc.! I will help you! My cell is 774-991-0041.

Thank you all for what you do for the DOC!

Lynn and co.

From the Chief Residents

Morning Report and MGR: Jan. 8-12, 2018
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location

Psych Medication Management

Paul Riordan

7:15 a.m. DUH 8262
1/9/18 Geriatric Management

Mitch Heflin and Kahli Zietlow

7:15 a.m.

Pickett Road Clinic


Case Presentation

Lindsey Shantzer to Ken Lyles

7:15 a.m. DUH 8262


Liz Gilbert

7:15 a.m. DUH 8262

Martin Luther King, Jr. Medicine Grand Rounds: REACH Equity: Responding to the 'Fierce urgency of now'

Kimberly Johnson

8 a.m. Great Hall, Trent Semans


Noon Conference: Jan. 8-12, 2018
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location Lunch

Internal Medicine Interviews


12:10 p.m.

DUH 8252 Chick-fil-A

SAR Lecture: Bradyarrythmias

Sipa Yankey

12:10 p.m. DUH 2002



Medicine-Pediatrics Interviews


12:10 p.m.

DUH 8252

Parker & Otis

Effective communication with the diabetic patient

Ellen Davis

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2002


Chair's Conference with Internal Medicine Applicants

Rebecca Lumsden

11:30 a.m.

DUH 2002

Parker & Otis
Duke Gen Med Conference Schedule: Jan. 8-12, 2018
Date Topic Lecturer Time

Case Presentation with applicants

Chair's Sign outs

Zach Il'Giovine

​Gen Med 1 to Joel Boggan

1 p.m.

6:30 p.m.


Case Presentation 

Jackie Bolwell to Joe Govert

1 p.m.


Case Presentation

Case Presentation

Rebecca Ruf to Aimee Zaas

Michael or Samuel to Matt Crowley

1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.


QI Case Presentation

Intern Report 

Caroline Sloan to Noppon Setji

Eric Pollak

1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.

From the Residency Office

Narrative Medicine

It is time to get pumped for our next Narrative Medicine meeting coming up on Jan. 19! Our first few sessions with Dr. Pisetsky have been incredible, and we are so excited to have Dinushika to precept our next meeting! The prompt will be to write a story from the perspective of one of your patients. This will be a great time to flex our creativity and reflect on the experiences that our patients have. If you are interested in joining us, please send Matthew Labriola an e-mail so we know how many to expect and can plan out  how many narratives can be discussed. We usually meet around 6:30 p.m. and wrap up by 8:30-9 p.m. depending on the numbers. We are limited to 10 participants.

Check out The Scope

The Scope is a weekly newsletter that goes out on Fridays and summarizes the best evidence-based medical research from the week in a few fun and easy-to-read sentences. You can check out this weeks email below and people can sign up, see prior issues, and learn more about it at

Faculty-Resident Research Grant

The applications are due on April 8, 2018 for a funding start date on July 1, 2018.

For JARs, the funding end date is June 30, 2019. For Interns, the funding end date is June 30, 2020.

Attached 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 2018. Please also find attached scholarship opportunity calendar for this academic year 2017-2018

For any questions, or to discuss mentorship and research project opportunities please contact

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. 11 - General Internal Medicine Careers Info Session

  • Jan. 19 - Narrative Medicine meeting

  • April 20 - Charity Auction at Motorco