Internal Medicine Residency News, March 26, 2018

Monday, March 26, 2018

From the Director

Sorry to see Duke lose in an “instant classic” yesterday.  On the upside, we can now begin planning our annual Faculty vs Resident Basketball game in Cameron Indoor! More to come soon on this great event! Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Charity Auction on April 20, as well – Hannah and Corey are doing an amazing job planning and we look forward to seeing you there!



Kudos this week go to Shannon Niedermeyer from Petra Brayo for being an amazing VA GM JAR, to Jess Regan for receiving a “Good Catch” patient safety award, to Landon Brown from Kyle Guerink and Keva Garg for his support, teaching and general awesomeness as the CCU teach resident, to Mark Robertshaw from Akash Goyal for being extremely helpful with a sick patient and to Mike Murn for a fantastic chair’s conference. We also enjoyed having the Joseph C. Greenfield Visiting Professor and director of the NCI Dr. Ned Sharpless this past week at Grand Rounds. If you didn’t get a chance to see his talk in person, it is worth the watch from your desk! Watch it here.

PubMed from the Program

This week’s pubmed from the program goes to Nate Moulton for his abstract that was accepted to the American Thoracic Society meeting in San Diego! “Blood transfusion thresholds and outcomes in patients requiring veno-venous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for acute respiratory failure,” with mentor Craig Rackley.

Have a great week!



Clinic Corner: Ambulatory

Contributed by Daniella Zipkin

Ambulatory THREADS Model in the works!
Starting in July, interns and JARs will be on 6 month longitudinal ambulatory threads. There are 4 threads in all, so everyone will transition through all four threads:

  • The +2 block will include clinics in specific sub-specialities along with continuity clinics, academic half day, and subspecialty clinic if you’ve chosen one based on your fellowship plans.
  • In the subspecialty clinics, residents will RETURN to the same clinic approximately six times in a six month period, to give better traction in the experience and better teaching with the attendings you’ll be working with.
  • Academic Half Day will be thread specific, so the teaching will match the clinics you have during that year
  • Interns will be exposed to EVERY sub-specialty in their first year of training, either inpatient or outpatient, via capturing the things they typically missed into the intern ambulatory threads. This may make career planning easier!

Groupings are:

  • Intern Thread A: GI/ID/other VA clinics
  • Intern Thread B: Renal/Rheum/Endocrine
  • JAR Thread A: Hematology (benign and malignant)/Cardiology
  • JAR Thread B: Oncology/Pulm

Please ask Lynsey, Dinushika or Dani for more info or to share suggestions!!

ACLT Preparing for DC!
The ACLT group will head to DC on May 15th to present their platforms to legislators. They will be dividing into two groups to discuss issues in drug pricing as well as the opioid epidemic.

Continuity Clinic Survey coming soon, April 23!
Please fill out the very brief survey on your continuity clinic experience when you see it in April, it helps us tremendously in evaluating and improving the clinics.

From the Chief Residents

Morning Report and MGR: March 26-30, 2018
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location

Approach to Platelet Disorders

Murat Arcasoy

7:15 a.m. DUH 8252
3/27/18 Melanoma Georgia Beasley 7:15 a.m.

Pickett Road


Medical AMB Jeopardy

  7:15 a.m. DUH 8252

Case Presentation

Manisha Bhattacharya to Harvey Cohen 7:15 a.m. DUH 8252

Medicine Grand Rounds: Can Subtyping Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Improve Patient Care?

Jennifer Rogers

8 a.m. DUH 2002


Noon Conference: March 26-30, 2018
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location Lunch

MKSAP GIM and Duke Library Resources 

Sam Lindner and Sarah Cantrell

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2002 Domino's

SAR Lecture: Approach to Anemia

Robert Diep

12:10 p.m. DUH 2002



Ca/Mg/Phos Metabolism

John Roberts

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2002


iCOMPARE/Culture Pulse Discussion

All Residents

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2002

Jason's Deli

Medicine Research Seminar Series: Exploring the Therapeutic Potential of Novel Discoveries in Familial Nephrotic Syndrome

Gentzon Hall

12 p.m.

DUH 2002

Duke Gen Med Conference Schedule: March 26-30, 2018
Date Topic Lecturer Time

SAR Report

Chair's Sign outs

Josh Lee to Diana McNeill

Joseph Rogers with GenMed 2

1:15 p.m.

6 p.m.


SAR Report

Courtney Lamberton to Joe Govert

1:15 p.m.


SAR Report

Intern Report

Megan Gillum to Aimee Zaas

JD Ike to Matt Sparks

1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.


SAR Report/QI Conference

Intern Hospitalist Series - Sickle Cell Disease and Complications

Sky Vanderburg and Joel Boggan

Jenny Van Kirk

1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.

From the Residency Office

Program for Women in Internal Medicine Social Event
The Program for Women in Internal Medicine (PWIM) will host a social even on Thursday, March 29, from 4-7 p.m., at the University Club (3100 Tower Blvd, 17th floor). Join us for food and drinks to welcome the new Chair and Housestaff Liaison for PWIM! RSVP by March 15 to


Resident Wellness Initiative Grants
Resident Wellness Initiative Grants for resident-led, innovative projects are dedicated to promote the well-being of our residents, which is of utmost importance to our Program. 

The proposed initiatives may be designed to promote resident physician wellness by building skills to handle the challenges and the pace of the current healthcare environment, while continuing to provide quality care to patients.

  1. Two awards each $2,500/project will be funded
  2. Funding start date is July 1, 2018
  3. Each proposal must be led by one or more SARs (current JARs) during the 2018-2019 academic year. Extension of funding may be requested next year beyond June 30, 2019
  4. Teamwork is encouraged to include rising JARs and incoming interns. Multiple SARs may lead one project
  5. Faculty sponsor/advisor may be recruited but not required
  6. Additional funding for a larger award may be available depending on the level of interest and budgets of the project(s). The award committee will review and make a decision on each proposal.
  7. The 2-page proposals are due on June 1, 2018 for review by an award selection committee
  8. Applications forms are attached.

For any questions, please contact


Califf Medicine Resident Research Award
The annual Califf Medicine Resident Research Award competition abstracts are due on April 30, 2018. Awards presentation will take place on May 18, 2018 between 7-9 a.m. in Searle Center Lecture Hall.

Abstracts (300 word) and supporting mentor's letter are due on April 30, 2018. All abstracts submitted for competition will also be presented as posters. The top 3 abstracts will be selected by a faculty committee for the Califf Research Awards and these research projects will be presented as 15 minute talks 8-9 a.m.

Two best poster awards will be selected (Research poster and QI poster) by the Chief Residents during the poster viewing session prior to Grand Rounds.

We invite all of you to present your scholarly activities as posters (we can send you poster templates):

  1. Basic, clinical, medical education, and translational research projects
  2. Case studies / vignettes including ACP posters from 2018
  3. QI projects
  4. Please plan on presenting your posters posters that you have presented previously at a national scientific meeting

To discuss any issues related to the application process or once you have decided to submit an abstract, please e-mail to declare your intention to submit, your research mentor's name and the title of your poster.  Please contact the MedRes office staff (Ms. Tia Williams) for assistance with the poster preparation process.

GIM Resident Research Award
The Division of General Internal Medicine is pleased to announce the first annual GIM Resident Research Award! Please see details below. Applications will be accepted through March 30, 2018.

Internal Medicine residents (categorical, medicine-pediatrics, medicine-psychiatry)
Research that was initiated during tenure as a resident

Submission Categories:
One award will be given annually. Submissions can be either:
Clinical Research
Quality Improvement

Submissions should be relevant to primary care, general internal medicine, or hospital medicine. Areas of focus can include patient-centered interventions, disparity populations, population management, systems evaluation or re-design, or health care policy.

Submissions should be under 800 words and should include:

  • Name of primary investigator and co-investigators
  • Name of other faculty mentors involved in the project
  • Description of project including objectives, population, methods/intervention, and outcomes if available.
  • Discussion of lessons learned, one paragraph
  • Attach copies or links to any published abstracts or manuscripts related to the work

Please submit your materials to Robin Byrd,, via email attachment by March 30, 2018. Blinded committee review will take place in April.

The top selected projects will be invited to present their work at a DGIM research meeting in May 2018, to be announced. The winner of the top rated project will receive a $500 honorarium. We look forward to seeing your submissions!


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

  • March 28 - IM PSQC Meeting

  • March 29 - Program for Women in Internal Medicine Social Event

  • April 20 - Charity Auction at Motorco