Internal Medicine Residency News, July 24, 2017

Monday, July 24, 2017

From the Director

Hi Everyone!

It is great to hear from our SARs about their fellowship and job interviews! We are looking forward to supporting you throughout this process. Mark your calendars for the group interview prep sessions with Kat Pollak and keep your eye out for individual mock interviews with our amazing volunteer faculty.

The Chiefs should have the block 4-6 schedules done early this week, as well, and then we will start on the second part of the year. Please see the emails from Jen regarding your upcoming requests so we can have them for the scheduling meetings.


Kudos this week to many! First, to Kelly Ground for an outstanding SAR talk and to Hari Ramalingam for a super chair's conference. Attendance continues to be strong, as well. Also kudos to Becca Lumsden and Ben Ranard for presenting at Grand Rounds and to Shaki Salvador from Jan Dillard for excellent and compassionate care of a very complex patient and to Megan Dupuis from Melodi Whitley and Chris Ferreri for her work as our inaugural Onc teaching resident. Kudos go to Kent Feng from Joel Boggan for going above and beyond for a patient, and to Sean Doerfler from Tara Holder for going above and beyond for VA patient care. And to Saumil Chudgar from Matt Labriola and the academic half day crew for an awesome improv session on communication

Please keep sending along the great things your colleagues do.

PubMed from the Program

This week's pubmed from the program goes to John David Ike for the publication of his article entitled, "Health Literacy and the Arts—An Intersection Worth Exploring." National Academy of Medicine.

Have a great week!


Clinic Corner: PRIME

Contributed by Sonal Patel and Leigh Wynkoop

Hi everyone.  Please take a moment to exchange numbers with your team intern(s). Hopefully your team can arrange a team meeting with your attending at some point.  In addition we have a wall of pictures and interesting facts about our new interns, so please take a moment to check this out. 

A lot of exciting changes in PRIME clinic including PRIME clinic LEAD week.  Fellow PRIME residents Landon Brown and Todd Brophy are working on a new PRIME note template so be on the look-out for this.  In addition Maggie Moses has put together a Quality Improvement Project for Cervical Cancer screening that we will discuss with you.  If any of you have any ideas that you would like to implement for your clinic please reach out to myself or Leigh Wynkoop and we can see what we can do.

Looking forward to another great year, as always remember that we are available at any time so please do not hesitate to call or email or drop by with any questions.


From the Chief Residents

Morning Report and MGR: July 24-28, 2017
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location

EKG interpretation

Neil Freedman

7:15 a.m. DUH 8252

Pickett Road Clinic Teaching


7:30 a.m.

Pickett Road Clinic


Case Presentation

Francis Ugowe to Diana McNeill

7:15 a.m. DUH 8252

Case Presentation

Michael Grant to Dr. Talal Dahan

7:15 a.m. DUH 8252

Medicine Grand Rounds: The Changing Landscape of Medical Device Evaluation 2017: From “Protecting” to “Promoting” Public Health

Mitchell Krucoff

8:00 a.m. DN 2002


Noon Conference: July 24-28, 2017
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location Lunch



12:15 p.m.

DUH 2002 Domino's

SAR Lecture: Chest pain/ACS

Anubha Agarwal

12:15 p.m. DUH 2002

China King


SAR Lecture: Altered Mental Status

Paul Riordan

12:15 p.m.

DUH 2003

Cosmic Cantina

ID Pearls BUGS and Drugs

Chris Hostler

12:15 p.m.

DUH 2001

Makus Empanada

Professional Development by CLASS (more details below)


12:00 p.m.

Interns: MedRes; JARS:2001;
SARS: 2002

Duke Gen Med Conference Schedule: July 24-28, 2017
Date Topic Lecturer Time

Case Presentation


Zach Il'Giovine to Bill Hargett

​Joe Rogers

1:15 p.m.

8 p.m.


Case Presentation

Subspecialty Intern Report

Julia Xu to Joe Govert

Hari Ramalingam

1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.


Case Presentation

Case Presentation

Sky Vanderburg to Tim Scialla

Sarah Norton and Josh Lee to Jon Bae

1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.


Resident Report

Intern Report: QI

Radiology Rounds

Suchita Shah

1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.


From the Residency Office

Noon Conferecne July 28: Professional Development by CLASS 12 p.m.

Interns Exploring career paths and making most of residency, with Dr. Matt Crowley in Med Res  

JARS Mentorship with Dr. Zaas, Dr. Rymer, and Dr. McGhan in DN 2001

SARS Fellowship/Job interviews with Dr. Schuyler Jones, Dr. Nilesh Patel, Dr. Angela Lowenstern and Dr. Andrea Sitlinger in DN 2002


Hospitalist Info Session

The North Carolina Triangle Chapter of Society of Hospital Medicine will host an informational dinner for future hospitalists on Tuesday, Aug. 1, from 6:30-9 p.m. at Maggiano's at Southpoint Mall. Dinner will be provided. RSVP to

6th Annual Stead Tread

Save the Date: Join us Saturday, September 9 at 9 a.m. for the 6th Annual Stead Tread 5K Run and Walk on the American Tobacco Trail at Solite Park. The race benefits the Lincoln Community Healthcare Center. Learn more.

Small Group for Partners of Internal Medicine Residents

A small group of resident partners & I are planning a welcome party for incoming intern partners! If you have a partner, significant other or children… please take 30 seconds to email

  1. Significant Others Name:
  2. SO Email Address:
  3. Children Name(s) & Age(s):

Please note: an additional use in providing email addresses would be to start including significant others in weekly updates! Please let me know if they prefer to NOT be included! Our hope is to help make connections, provide support in the transition & to build a sense of community!



2017 Stead Resident Research Grant

We are pleased to announce a request for proposals for the 2017 Stead Resident Research Grant. The applications are due on Sept. 3, 2017 for a funding start date to be determined in October 2017.

Review the application instructions and sample forms.


New Location for Employee Occupational Health & Wellness

The office will relocate to the sub-basement of the Orange Zone in Duke Clinic and will be accessible from the following two locations:

From Duke South Clinic:

  1. Enter Duke South on 1st floor
  2. Follow the signs to Clinic 1K
  3. Take the double orange elevators to the sub-basement
  4. Follow the hallway to the right to the EOHW check in desk

From Flowers Drive: Enter the sub-basement of the Orange Zone directly from Flowers Drive across from the Sarah P. Duke Gardens.

Phone numbers for EOHW will not change, and Personal Assistance Service will remain in its current location at Erwin Tower. For more information, including a map and directions to the new location, please visit the Duke Human Resources website.

Among its services, EOHW provides employment and travel health reviews, treatment of occupational illness and injury, occupational health surveillance, influenza vaccinations, FMLA and ADA reviews, and employee wellness programs through LIVE FOR LIFE.  


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

  • July 31 - Physical Exam week begins

  • Aug. 3 - Intern Retreat

  • Sept. 9 - 6th Annual Stead Tread 5K Run and Walk