Internal Medicine Residency News, March 25, 2019

Monday, March 25, 2019

From the Director

OMG! I am recovering still from my v-tach induced by Duke’s game yesterday. Seriously, took a few years off my life. Otherwise, I hope you all had some chance to enjoy the first sunny weekend in seemingly decades!

A few catch up items before the kudos …. SARs, please continue to ensure that you are completing your procedure logs! If you have not yet registered for the ABIM exam (aka “the Boards”), now is an excellent time to do so. JARs, it has been great meeting with you about fellowship planning – please sign up with Ernest if you have not already done so. 

Everyone, please remember to fill out your ACGME survey! If you have any questions, please ask me, an APD or the chiefs.

Kudos this week go to MICU crew of Dennis Narcisse, Jeremy Brooksbank, Lauren Donnangelo, Tamara Saint Surin, and Nancy Yang from Anmol Singh for being amazing MICU teammates, and VA kudos all around from Sean Chen to Madhu Eluri for being an amazing JAR and to Matt Carlisle and Tanmay Gokhale for their help overnight with a VERY sick patient, and then from Madhu right back to Sean for his great work, and to Matt and Tanmay for their help! Love it. Also kudos to Sonali Bracken and Daphne Xiao for bookending the week with two awesome Chair’s Conferences, to Nathan Moulton from the 2 psych interns (Sara Feizi and Lauren Morris) for his great teaching and creating a positive and collaborative team culture, and kudos from Kenya to Tara Holder, Courtney Lamberton and Erin McGuire for amazing work on their GH rotation!

A special kudos to Tamara Saint Surin on her nomination for the Michelle Winn Inclusive Excellence Award and to former chief resident Dinushika Mohottige for winning the Michelle Winn Inclusive Excellence Award. We are very proud of you!

PubMed from the Program
This week’s pubmed from the program goes to Irena Tan for her recent accepted paper in Translational Lung Cancer Research with mentor Jeff Clarke “Therapeutic Outcomes in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer with BRAF Mutations: A Single Institution Retrospective Cohort Study.” 

Have a great week!

Clinic Corner: Ambulatory

Contributed by Daniella Zipkin

Morning Report
Beginning in April, morning report will be scheduled on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday only. We are also bringing in more general internal medicine topics and speakers, with plans for a comprehensive GIM ambulatory curriculum to complement the sub-specialty curriculum in academic half day, beginning in July. Stay tuned!

General Internal Medicine Research Award
The DGIM is sponsoring its second annual medicine research award, with deadline April 5th. Please see the email dated February 25 for details of the submission requirements!

Advocacy in Clinical Leadership Track
We are very excited to welcome the next cohort of rising JARs into the ACLT for next year! The next group will be:

  • Marius Chukwurah
  • John Davy
  • Nathaniel Harris
  • Cassie Lautredou
  • Soo Lim
  • Ahmad Mourad
  • Cindy Pabon
  • Bhavik Patel
  • Maggie Salinger

From the Chief Residents

Morning Report and MGR: March 25-29, 2019
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location

Case Presentation

Steve Pappas to Harvey Cohen 7:15 a.m. DUH 8253
3/26/19 Working with difficult patients Paul Riordan 7:15 a.m.

Pickett Road



Jane Onken 7:15 a.m.

DUH 8253


Journal Club Gallops

Daniella Zipkin 7:15 a.m. DUH 8253

Medicine Grand Rounds: did that happen?

Rodger Liddle, MD

8 a.m. DUH 2002
Academic Half Day: March 29, 2019
Thread Topic Lecturer Time Location


SpA & Non-Inflammatory Back Pain

Adrienne Barnosky

David Leverenz

9:15 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

VA NG032​

Side Effects & Management of Common Therapeutics

Megan McNamara

9:15 a.m.

VA C8016
SARs Study Prep Neurology Boards Study Anne Phelps 9:15 a.m. DUH 8253


Noon Conference: March 25-29, 2019
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location Lunch


Kara Wegermann

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2002



SAR Lecture: Oral Anticoagulants

Claire Smith

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2003


3/27/19 PSQC Med Rec John Paul Shoup and Lindsey Burgess

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2002

3/28/19 SAR Lecture: GI Bleed (Upper) Filley Howe

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2001

China King

Fun Lunch


12:05 p.m.

DUH 2002

Duke Gen Med Conference Schedule: March 25-28, 2019
Date Topic Lecturer Time

SAR Report


Katie Wood to Bill Hargett

Team 1

1:15 p.m.

4 p.m.


SAR Report 

Intern Report 

Michael Murn to Joe Govert

Caroline Baghdikian to Matt Sparks

1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.


SAR Report 

Johnny Komisar to Aimee Zaas

1:15 p.m.


SAR Report 

Intern Report - QI

Lauren Ranard to Joel Boggan and John Paul Shoup

John Paul Shoup and Joel Boggan

1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.

From the Residency Office

GIM Resident Research Award
The Division of General Internal Medicine is pleased to announce its second annual GIM Resident Research Award! Please see details below. Applications will be accepted through April 5, 2019. The top selected investigator will be invited to present their work at a DGIM event in May 2019 and will receive a $500 honorarium. See email from Dani Zipkin for application details. We look forward to seeing your submissions!

Funding opp: Faculty-Resident Research Grant
We are pleased to invite you to apply for the 2019 annual Faculty-Resident Research Grant applications. The applications are due on April 1, 2019 for a funding start date on July 1, 2019. For JARs, the funding end date is June 30, 2020. For Interns, the funding end date is June 30, 2021. See email for application instructions. 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

  • April 12 - End of Year Group Photo - All Classes
  • April 17 - GME Well Being Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., DMP 2W96
  • May 3 - Resident Research Grand Rounds
  • June 7 - SAR Dinner