Internal Medicine Residency News, January 9, 2017

Sunday, January 8, 2017

From the Director

Well, 2017 has started off to be quite interesting!  Many many thanks to everyone and their dedication to keep our patients cared for during our first (and hopefully only) snowmageddon of 2017.  In true N.C. fashion, it is supposed to be nearly 70 degrees outside by Friday so certainly looking forward to that! 

A big thank you to Dr. Klotman for sponsoring Christmas Dinner and New Year’s Lunch for everyone, as well as to Peter Kussin and Nilesh Patel for partnering with me for the traditional Christmas Day Chinese Food Lunch.  

Now that it is 2017, some important business items …. SARs – pay attention to the ABIM registration timing as fees increase after April 15, also everyone should take time to update their procedure logs on medhub (SAR or not!). For SARs, the procedures are ABIM requirements to sit for the boards and for me to certify you for graduation from residency so PLEASE don’t leave these until the last few weeks of the year. Anyone who has concerns about the procedure log, please get in touch with me or your advisor ASAP to put together a strategy to get these completed. The opportunity to nominate a rising SAR for consideration for ACR is now open (check your email)!  This is an anonymous form that the APDs, current chiefs and I will use as we consider next year’s ACRs.  Again, please let me or your advisor know if you have any questions.  Schedule request forms for 2017-18 were also due this week – please come chat if you have any questions about how to best fill out the form to meet your goals for next year. 

Also this week we started our new cardiology service!  Luke Cerbin, E-Beth Ockerman and Joe Plaksin kicked off the week with Dr. Tom Gehrig and so far, it has been a big success.  Many thanks to all who helped get this started, including Dr. Bashore, Dr. Gehrig, Ankeet Bhatt, Coco Fraiche, and Zach Wegermann.  Apologies if I have missed others!


Many congratulations and kudos have built up over the holidays!  First, congratulations to the three couples who got engaged over the break – Tim Hinohara and Pascale Khairallah, Wynn Seay and Theresa Crowgey, and Rachel Feder and Robert Diep!  Thank you to our Friday tour guides Steph Garbarino, Todd Brophy, Lindsay Shantzer, Joe Plaksin and Corey Bradley and to our My Take participants Matt Labriola, Brian Wasserman and Drew DeMaio. Also thanks to our pre-break ACRs Jenny Van Kirk, Bill McManigle and Drew DeMaio and welcome to our current ACRs Adam Barnett, Juan Sanchez and Maggie Infeld.  And the kudos to Sipa Yankey for an awesome chair’s conference on Friday, to Coco Fraiche from Kelly Ground for helping out over break, to Sipa Yankey from Dr. Nancy Knudsen for excellent consults in the SICU, to Mike Nanna, Zak Loring, and Sarah Goldstein from Matt Labriola for outstanding teaching in the CCU, to Sam Lindner also from Matt for great teaching summaries in the CCU, and to Meg Steiner from Amanda Boyd, Megan Gillum and Caroline Sloan for her patient advocacy on night float. And also thanks to all who participated in our Ugly Sweater Contest (winner was Wynn Seay) and our New Year’s Bling contest (not sure the winner but the pictures are awesome!) 

PubMed from the Program

This week’s pubmed from the program goes to Jared Lowe for his recent publication.  Nice work Jared! Genetic risk analysis of a patient with fulminant autoimmune type 1 diabetes mellitus secondary to combination ipilimumab and nivolumab immunotherapy. Jared R. Lowe, Daniel J. Perry, April K. S. Salama, Clayton E. Mathews, Larry G. Moss and Brent A. Hanks. Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer20164:89. DOI: 10.1186/s40425-016-0196-z

Have a great week, stay safe and stay warm!


Clinic Corner: Duke Outpatient Clinic

Contributed by Lynn Bowlby, MD

Many of you have worked with Dan Sipp, during AHD MD/Pt communication sessions. He is the very talented professional patient, also an accomplished Improv actor, and leading a new offering: Medical Improv - I did this and it is just amazing!!

Go if you can, just email Dan or me..and I am happy to answer any questions!

Here are the details:

Medical Improv is quickly gaining popularity as an innovative approach to teaching principles that are at the heart of patient centered care: Focused listening, collaboration and seeing things from another’s point of view. Medical Improv can help teach skills that will make you more present and aware during high stakes conversations with patients and colleagues. If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed by everything that’s coming at you during your time with patients, these skills can help things slow down a little so you can prioritize what’s most important and make better decisions.

This 3 hour workshop is free to all Duke Health Sciences’ students, clinicians and staff on a first-come-first-served basis. The workshop will be capped at 15 learners for more individualized attention. No observers will be allowed in these sessions. Everyone will be expected to participate. The sessions will not be recorded in any way and no grades will be given. The goal is to create a safe environment where people can play and speak freely.

This workshop will be led by Dan Sipp, Training Coordinator for the Clinical Skills Program at Duke University School of Medicine. Dan has taught improvisation in Chicago and the Triangle for over 20 years. He’s trained with the creator of Medical Improv, Katie Watson from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine*, and they have collaborated on projects for the University of Indiana School of Nursing. Dan is very excited to bring these sessions to medical learners in the Triangle. Duke Faculty members from The School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Education, The School of Physical Therapy and The Physician Assistant Program will be co-facilitating these and upcoming sessions.

You’re invited to register for this free workshop!

Saturday, Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. @ Trent Semans Center for Health Education, 6th floor.

To reserve your spot in the next Medical Improv Workshop please email Dan Sipp. Once he receives your email he’ll follow up with a confirmation of your spot, directions to the site and more information about the day.

Remember space is limited to 15 participants per session. We want to see you there. So sign up soon! You are also free to forward this email to friends or colleagues who you feel might be interested in this innovative training session.

*You can read more about Katie at her website. You can also read Katie’s paper on the applications for and the effectiveness of Medical Improv for clinicians at the Academic Medicine website.

From the Chief Residents

Morning Report and MGR: January 9-13, 2017
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location









Case presentation 

Coco Fraiche to Dr. Lyles

7:15 a.m. DUH 8253


Dr. Tarrant

7:15 a.m. DUH 8253

Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Lecture

Jamy Ard, MD 8:00 a.m. DUH 2002


Noon Conference: January 9-13, 2017
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location Lunch

Applicant interviews


12:00 p.m. DUH 8253



Applicant interviews


12:00 p.m. DUH 8253


1/11/17 Ask the expert

Drs. Diehl, Sparks, McNeill and Cohen

12:00 p.m.

DUH 2002


Resident M&M


12:00 p.m.

DUH 2001


Chair's conference

Megan Gillum

11:30 a.m. DUH 2002  

From the Residency Office


Keep an eye out for emails that have the recruitment graphic—these messages mean we need your help or response.

Humanism in Medicine Lecture Series

Haider Warraich, MD, cardiovascular diseases fellow, will give a presentation, "Searching for Beauty at the End of Life," based on his upcoming book, "Modern Death," on Jan. 17 at noon in Duke North 2002. From Dr. Warraich: "I think many of us are affected by death in the hospital in a very powerful way, but frequently with negative emotional consequences. In this talk, I hope to convey how we can find meaning and beauty in dying and change a narrative in which death is the enemy." Learn more.

House Staff Hoops Watch

Duke Medical Alumni Association invites current house staff to cheer the Blue Devils on to victory over UNC on Thur., Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Tobacco Road Sports Cafe, 280 S. Mangum Street. Complimentary appetizers and one drink ticket per person will be provided. RSVP is required:

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.

Office hours for program leaders

Please feel free to stop by during these times and of course always feel free to reach out to program leaders to set up a meeting outside of these times if needed.

  • Aimee Zaas: Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Upcoming Dates and Events

  • January 17 - Humanism in Medicine Lecture: Haider Warraich, MD, "Searching for Beauty at the End of Life"

  • February 9 - House Staff Hoops, 7:30 p.m., Tobacco Road Sports Cafe, RSVP:

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