Internal Medicine Residency News, May 1, 2017

Monday, May 1, 2017

From the Program

Welcome May! This week brings us class specific town halls with Dr. Klotman on May 2 and Resident Research Night on May 4. At research night, we'll hear presentations by Landon Brown, Julia Xu, and Khali Zietlow, in addition to a poster session highlighting your research. The poster session begins at 5 p.m. and presentations begin at 6. See you in the Searle Center Auditorium on Thursday!

Don't forget: Please send any of your news or kudos for your colleagues to Erin Payne.

Have a great week!


Kudos this week go to Sky Vanderburg and Gilbert Acevedo for excellent patient care at the VA from Amanda Boyd. Kudos to Todd Brophy, Filley Howe, and Govind Krishnan for being awesome co-interns on 9100 from Lindsey Shantzer. To Ankeet Bhatt from Pahresah Roomiany for fantastic H&Ps. To Megan Gillum, Leah Machen, Jeremy Cypen, and Ankeet Bhatt for outstanding patient care from Tara Spector. Kudos to Adam Brock, Helen Zhang, and Abhi Kapuria from Angela Lowenstern for excellent patient care, and to Lauren Collins from Xavier Preud'homme for outstanding care and team leadership on Gen Med.

PubMed from the Program

This week's pubmed from the program goes to Maggie Infeld for her poster presentation last month at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology's 66th Annual Scientific Session, in Washington DC. Maggie's poster is entitled: "The effect of race on the anti-platelet effects of ticagrelor and aspirin" and her mentor is Dr. Deepak Voora.

From the Chief Residents

Morning Report and MGR: May 1-5, 2017
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location

Management of Chronic Pain

Lynn Bowlby

7:15 a.m. DUH 8252

Case Presentation

Maryann Osayande to Ken Lyles

7:15 a.m.

DUH 8252


Cost-conscious case Presentation

Shai Posner to Dr. Klotman

7:15 a.m. DUH 8252

Workup of Connective Tissue Diseases

Dr. Shah

7:15 a.m. DUH 8252

Medicine Grand Rounds: Coming to Peace with Uncertainty: Breast Cancer Screening and Prevention in 2017

Katrina Armstrong, MD 8:00 a.m. DUH 2002


Noon Conference: May 1-5, 2017
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location Lunch


Aimee Zaas

12:10 p.m. DUH 2002 Domino's

Principles of Antifungals

Aimee Zaas

12:15 p.m. DUH 2002



SAR Lecture Series: Thyroid Disorders and Emergencies

Steph Li

12:15 p.m.

DUH 2003

Cosmic Cantina


Ray Barfield

12:15 p.m.

DUH 2001


Chair's Conference

Jacquelyn Bolwell

12:00 p.m. DUH 2002 Guasaca

From the Residency Office

NC ACP Education Innovation Grant Program

In brief…

  • What: $2500 funding opportunity (2017-2018 NC-ACP Education Innovation Grant Program)
  • Why: People give you money to do what you want to do J (enhance the quality and effectiveness of health care, professional growth)
  • How: Complete an application (attached)
  • When: Submit a completed application to Dr. Arcasoy by JUNE 1, 2017

This NC ACP program began in 2014 and has already funded dozens of innovative projects at the various training sites across the state which have resulted in improvements in the delivery of medical education and/or patient care. The NC ACP hopes to support one educational innovation project per medical education training site from around the state with funding available up to $2500 per project.  Projects must include either a resident(s) of an internal medicine residency training program and/or a medical student(s) enrolled in a medical school within the state of North Carolina.

Of note, the NC ACP will consider only one submission from each training site. Dr. Arcasoy will coordinate a review committee to select the grant proposal that Duke will submit to the NC ACP for funding consideration. This is also a great opportunity for collaboration (e.g. peers, faculty, medical students, etc.) and we encourage it! The application seems straight-forward and not too onerous.


Duke Narrative Medicine Writing Evening

The first inaugural Duke Narrative Medicine Writing Evening will be held at the home of Dr. David Pisetskyon Friday, May 26 .  There is space for 8 residents to attend this event.

What you need to do: If you are interested, please email Erin Payne to let her know.  It will be first come, first serve, so if you would like to attend please sign up ASAP!  Our first writing prompt will be short and to the point.  Please submit a writing piece at least 72 hours prior to the event which follows the prompt guidelines.

Prompt: please write a short piece (500 words maximum) about an interaction in medicine that brought out a STRONG emotional reaction.  Did you laugh?  Did you cry?  Did you fret endlessly?  Did you feel sorrow, or guilt, or regret?  How about joy, elation, pride?  If you have felt one of those things, then you can write this piece!  Please write it in first person, and base it off of a true event you have experienced.

What will happen at the writing evening: we will all receive our pieces from each other in advance (at least 3 days prior to the event), and be allowed to read and critique the pieces.  Then, we will all meet at Dr. Pisetsky's house for appetizers, drinks, and discussion about our pieces.

Resident Research Night - Poster Presentation

Resident Research Night will be held from 5-7 p.m. on May 4 in the Searle Center. Please sign up to display and present your poster, if you have presented your research, QI project or case vignettes at a local or National scientific meeting (e.g. NC ACP or subspecialty society meetings) or if you published a manuscript of your work during residency.

This event is an excellent opportunity for you to showcase your scholarly activities, interact with your colleagues and DoM faculty, and have fun at the same time during the reception.

You can drop off your poster in the MedRes office and we will hang it for you on May 4th prior to the presentations at 5 p.m. 

If you need to have a new poster printed, our office will help you with this. Please email Tia for any assistance (thank you Tia!!).

There will be best poster selections (research and Qi project) by the Chief residents and award presentations.


Duke Clinical Research Day - May 18 - Poster Presentation

Residents are encouraged to submit an abstract of your poster by April 14 and participate during the poster presentation event on May 18 at Trent Semans Center 6th floor.

The residency office will help to print your posters and we will hang them on the display boards on May 18 for you until you can come in for poster judging. Please let us know how our Program can help you in any other way. 

Register today.

Resident Wellness Initiative Grants

We are pleased to announce a new funding opportunity entitled “Resident Wellness Initiative Grants” for resident-led, innovative projects dedicated to promote the well-being of our residents which is of utmost importance to our Program and Duke family. 

The proposed innovative initiatives will promote and preserve Internal Medicine 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, 2017.
  3. Each proposal must be led by one or more SARs (current JARs) during the 2017-2018 academic year. Extension of funding may be requested next year beyond June 30, 2018.
  4. Teamwork is encouraged to include JARs and incoming interns and 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, 2017 for review by an award selection committee.
  8. Applications forms are attached.

For any questions, 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

  • May 2 - Class Town Halls with Dr. Klotman

  • May 4 - Resident Research Night

  • May 5 - Stead Dinner at Steve Crowley's house

  • May 26 - Duke Narrative Medicine Writing Evening

  • June 1 - Resident Wellness Initiative Grant Application Deadline

  • June 3 - SAR Dinner

  • June 6 - Faculty v. House Staff Basketball Game

  • June 10 - End of Year Picnic

  • June 30 - Medicine Grand Rounds: Dr. Klotman's final State of the Department