Internal Medicine Residency News, May 28, 2019

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

From the Director

We are really getting down to the wire here on 2018-19.  Please pay attention to the calendar and emails from the Med Res Office for all of the end of year (and beginning of the year) information.

While many of us had a quieter day than usual with Memorial Day on Monday, it is always a good moment to remember the privilege we have to care for our Veterans at the DVAMC, and that the day is a difficult one for many. 

Please don’t forget to mark your calendars for John Paul Shoup’s Grand Rounds on Friday! And a picnic for the Chiefs this weekend!

Kudos this week go to Katie Pollard for an outstanding Chair’s Conference, to Casey Sullivan for tackling endocarditis is a super SAR talk, to Shaki Salvador from the VA Social Work team for her outstanding communication with a patient and family, and to our new ResCo Chairs and Resco – Chairs Joe Lerman, Keva Garg and Nancy Yang, as well as class reps - rising SARs Lauren Donnangelo, Tamara Saint-Surin, Sheila Sherzoy, and Alex Sullivan; rising JARS Tanmay Gokhale, Payton Kendsersky, Cassie Lautredou, and Ahmad Mourad; from Med-Peds Ruchi Doshi and Henry Foote; and Med-Psych's Pete McCann! Looking forward to working with you in 2019-20!

PubMed from the Program
This week’s Pubmed from the Program goes to our residents who represent Duke IM Residency in the Learning Health System Training Program Graduating Class – Corey Bradley, Mike Murn, Sheila Sherzoy, Becca Lumsden, Jordan Gales, and Matt McCulloch! They tackled projects including improving PCN skin testing, identifying risk of CVD in women with high risk pregnancies, hypertension control in DPC, improving end of life care in ALS, quantifying ED and urgent care use in DPC patients and identifying high risk patients/simplifying lipid reporting in Maestro. Great work to all – your presentations were spectacular.​

Have a great week!

Clinic Corner: Ambulatory

Contributed by Daniella Zipkin

Gearing up for next year!
The ambulatory threads will continue next year for interns and JARs. Academic Half Day will continue to be thread-specific. Morning report will expand to include a more robust general medicine curriculum. The “CEX” observations will be renamed to “observed encounters,” and we will establish more clear expectations on those observations at the beginning of next year. Things are humming right along!

Attendance during Ambulatory
As with every rotation, if you are scheduled to be in a clinic on a particular day, we expect you to show up. If you are not able to be there, please notify the chiefs, myself, or other program leadership ahead of time so we can notify the clinic of your absence. Sub-specialty attendings are planning for your presence and adjusting their workflow to incorporate you into their clinics, and we want to respect their time.

From the Chief Residents

Morning Report and MGR: May 28-31, 2019
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location
5/28/19 Knee Exam and Knee Pain Tracy Ray 7:15 a.m.

Pickett Road


ID MKSAP/Board Review

Aimee Zaas 7:15 a.m.

DUH 8253


Prescribing for Weight Loss

Audrey Metz 7:15 a.m. DUH 8253

Medicine Grand Rounds: From Education to Execution: Charting a Path for Population Health

John Paul Shoup, MD
Chief Resident for Quality and Patient Safety

8 a.m. DUH 2002
Academic Half Day: May 31, 2019
Thread Topic Lecturer Time Location

Burnout Curriculum

Daniella Zipkin

9:15 a.m.

VA NG032
JARs and SARs ACLT Presentations Joe Plaksin and Ben Ranard 9:15 a.m. VA C8016


Noon Conference: May 27-31, 2019
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location Lunch

Memorial Day - No Conference






SAR Lecture: COPD Management

Lara Hayes

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2002

Cosmic Cantina

5/29/19 SAR Lecture: Household Air Pollution: A Global Health Crisis Across the Age Spectrum Courtney Lamberton

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2002

Jason's Deli
5/30/19 M&M John Paul Shoup and Joel Boggan

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2001

China King

Medicine Research Seminar: A Non-chimeric Approach for Donor-specific Transplantation Tolerance

Xunrong Luo, MD, PhD

12 p.m.

DUH 2002

Duke Gen Med Conference Schedule: May 27-30, 2019
Date Topic Lecturer Time

Memorial Day 




SAR Report - Room 8262

Intern Report 

Colin Smith to Joe Govert

Sara Coles to Eileen Maziarz

1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.


SAR Report 

Matt McCulloch to Aimee Zaas

1:15 p.m.


QI Case Presentation

Intern Report - High value hospitalization

Toi Spates to John Paul Shoup and Joel Boggan

Suchita Sata

1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.

From the Residency Office

MRRC to host Spring Event
The Department of Medicine Minority Recruitment and Retention Committee will host "Smart Positioning on the Interview Day and Beyond: Pearls on CVs, Personal Statements, and More," on June 5 from 6:30-8 p.m. in DMP 2W96. Register today.

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 28 - PSQC meeting
  • June 1 - End of Year Chiefs Picnic
  • June 5 - MRRC hosts "Smart Positioning on the Interview Day and Beyond: Pearls on CVs, Personal Statements and More
  • June 7 - SAR Dinner