Internal Medicine Residency News, May 30, 2017

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

From the Program

Hi everyone! Hope your week is off to a good start! We have a lot of fun events coming up in June, take a look below for more details and mark your calendars. 

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 Rob Diep for "being a rock star JAR at the VA and sweeping up admissions left and right," from Stephanie Garbarino. To Shannon Niedermeyer from Anne Weaver for taking on an extra, medically complex, sick patient on her VA PRIME schedule in order to maintain continuity and coordinating seeing the patient with palliative care so the patient could get the care that was needed. Kudos to Christine Bates for helping out with procedures in the VA CCU from Sarah Nouri. Kudos to Ashley Hanlon for being a superstar SAR this month from the Gen Med 1 team and congratulations to Julia Xu who has received the 2017 American Society of Hematology HONORS award for her Thailand project.

PubMed from the Program

This week's pubmed from the program goes to Ankeet Bhatt and colleagues for his manuscript entitled published n the Journal of the American College of Cardiology on May 23, 2017. Achieving a Maximally Tolerated β-Blocker Dose in Heart Failure Patients: Is There Room for Improvement?Bhatt AS, DeVore AD, DeWald TA, Swedberg K, Mentz RJ.

Clinic Corner: Ambulatory

Contributed by Daniella Zipkin

Congratulations to the ACLT crew for a tremendous advocacy day in Raleigh on May 17th!! The ACLT team decided to focus their efforts on food insecurity and how limited food options for low income patients impact their health. They supported keeping the appropriations stipulated by HB387 in the next iteration of the House budget, and spoke with several lawmakers, including the bill’s sponsor Yvonne Lewis Holley pictured here. It was an inspiring day and left the team energized about the impact they can have as physician advocates. Read more about advocacy day.

The group’s platform handout can be seen here.

Congrats as well to our six graduating SARs from the ACLT this year: Brian Andonian, Lauren Collins, Jake Feigal, CoCo Fraiche, Jim Lefler, and Anne Weaver!

From the Chief Residents

Morning Report and MGR: May 29-June 2, 2017
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location

No report, Memorial Day




Steve Crowley

7:15 a.m.

DUH 8252



Larry Greenblatt 7:15 a.m. DUH 8252


Jason Stout

7:15 a.m. DUH 8252

Medicine Grand Rounds: There's No Place Like Home: Quality Improvement in Primary Care

Matthew Atkins, MD

8:00 a.m. DN 2002


Noon Conference: May 29-June 2, 2017
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location Lunch

Memorial Day, No conference



SAR Lecture Series: Transfusion Medicine

Alyson Shogan

12:15 p.m. DUH 2002



Difficult conversations (follow up, no students)

Ray Barfield

12:15 p.m.

DUH 2003

Jason's Deli

PFT Interpretation

Talal Dahhan

12:15 p.m.

DUH 2001

Cosmic Cantina

Chair's Conference

AJ Blood

12:10 p.m. DUH 2002 Firehouse

From the Residency Office

Book Club

Please join us for the final Book Club event of the academic year, on Wednesday, June 7, from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Searle Center Faculty Lounge. We’ll be discussing an audience pick novel, A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman.  It’s available at bookstores and online- and do remember you don’t have to finish the novel to attend, as long as you don’t mind some spoilers! There’s a film adaptation on Amazon Prime as well!

RSVP at your convenience to OR  As always, feel free to reach out with questions or suggestions, and share this information with friends. 

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.


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

  • June 1 - Resident Wellness Initiative Grant Application Deadline and NC ACP Education Innovation Grant Program Deadline

  • June 3 - SAR Dinner

  • June 6 - Faculty v. House Staff Basketball Game

  • June 7 - Book Club

  • June 10 - End of Year Picnic

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