Internal Medicine Residency News, Nov. 13, 2017

Monday, November 13, 2017

From the Director

Wow! Countdown to Thanksgiving! Can’t believe it. Many thanks to Harvey Cohen for donating basketball tickets this past weekend so some residents could witness Duke annihilate their competition two nights in a row! We are looking forward to getting together with everyone either at the Turkey Bowl or in the Med Res library after the game for our Thanksgiving feast, sponsored by the DoM (Thanks, Dr. Rogers!). Also many thanks to those who have donated to our Thanksgiving food drive – please send along donations to Erin Payne if you would like! Our donations will help families from our clinics celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Reminder: SARS, please don’t forget to CERTIFY that match list this week!


Res-i-teering with Habitat for Humanity happened this past weekend! Way to go Social Action team for putting this together. Kudos also this week to Claire Smith for a spectacular chair’s conference, to Megan Dupuis for kicking off the Res Report with applicants with a fantastic presentation, to our My Take stars Kyle Guerink, Irena Tan, Dan Maselli, Sipa Yankey, Matt Labriola and Matt Carlisle, and to our tour guides as well. Kudos to Becca Lumsden from Stephanie Garbarino for holding the DOC pager while she was post call to get some much needed sleep and to Mike Murn from Stephanie Garbarino for bringing hot chocolate and breakfast every post call day in the CCU. Also kudos to Godefrey Chery from Megan Dupuis for making a challenging diagnosis, and to Chery, Hysem Eldik and Kristin Batich from Meg Dupuis for being amazing physicians who make her job easy on Duke Gen Med! And a shout out to Matt Tucker from Nicole Helmke for a great psych history complete with collateral for a GM12 admission overnight!

PubMed from the Program

Today’s pubmed from the program goes to Julia Xu for her recent grant award from the Cooley's Anemia Foundation for a project entitled "Thalassemia Screening in Myanmese and Lao Migrants in Thailand."

And to our very own Murat Arcasoy for his award, as well, "An Open-Label, Randomized, Phase 2 Dose-Finding Study of Pacritinib in Patient with Thrombocytopenia and Primary Myelofibrosis, Post-Polycythemia Vera Myelofibrosis, or Post-Essential Thrombocythemia Myelofibrosis Previously Treated with Essential."

Have a great week!



Clinic Corner: Pickett Road

Contributed by Sharon Rubin

At Pickett Road we have increased our staff and have much improvement in clinic. 

Our Duke Primary Care Managers have been added to our clinic. They are nurses who operate the Depression Management for all of Duke Primary Care. Elizabeth "Zia" Ward is the nurse who helps the Pickett Road patients. She will be another resource during our LEAD week where residents can learn coaching and therapy techniques to teach their patients. They help with medication management and with coaching and counseling for our patients. We have a new lab technician Shannon Eastwood who will be training and then running our lab. We have added Megan Donahue as PSA to help at the front desk and medical records. We are looking forward to our Thanksgiving celebration this week November 16th with all of our new staff.

From the Chief Residents

Morning Report and MGR: Nov. 13-17, 2017
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location


Crystal Tyson

7:15 a.m. DUH 8262


Murat Arcasoy

7:15 a.m.

DUH 8262


Case Presentation

Shai Posner to Aimee Zaas

7:15 a.m. DUH 8252


Elizabeth Hankollari

7:15 a.m. DUH 8252

Medicine Grand Rounds: 5 Myths in Colorectal Cancer Screening...You won't believe No. 3

Deborah Fisher, MD

8:00 a.m. DUH 2002


Noon Conference: Nov. 13-17, 2017
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location Lunch

Medicine Interviews


12:15 p.m.


Honoring Veterans' Experiences

Chris Hostler

12:05 p.m. DUH 2002



Medicine-Pediatrics Interviews and Schwartz Rounds


12:15 p.m.

DUH 2002

Parker and Otis

Quality Improvement Conference

Kevin Shah

12:00 p.m. 

DUH 2001


Chair's Conference with Medicine Interviewees

Nicole Pristera

11:30 a.m.

DUH 2002

Ninth Street Bakery
Duke Gen Med Conference Schedule: Nov. 13-16, 2017
Date Topic Lecturer Time

Resident Report - Case Report with Interviewees


Wynn Hunter

Joseph Rogers

1 p.m.

6:30 p.m.


SAR Report - DUH 8252

Subspecialty Report

Phil Liu to Joe Govert

​Rahul Shimpi

1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.


SAR Report - DUH 8252

Intern Report - Gen Med 1 Team presents - DUH 8252

Leah Machen to Aimee Zaas

Stephen Bergin

1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.


SAR Report - DUH 8252

Intern Report - DUH 8252

Ankeet Bhatt to Dr. Setji

Colby Feeny

1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.

From the Residency Office

Survey on Coaching Program

Hello Interns! Please be on the lookout later today for a survey from RedCap about the Coaching Program. Once completed, you will be entered in a drawing to win local food/drink gift cards. Also, if you haven’t yet been able to connect with your coach, or just want to know a little more about the Coaching Program, click to hear from the founder of the program at Massachusetts General Hospital! As always, please send any questions to or

Check out The Scope (submitted by Jason Zhu)

The Scope is a weekly newsletter that goes out on Fridays and summarizes the best evidence-based medical research from the week in a few fun and easy-to-read sentences. You can check out this weeks email below and people can sign up, see prior issues, and learn more about it at

2018 Duke Health Annual Quality and Safety Call for Abstracts

All interested Duke Health and Duke affiliated health care professionals, including GME trainees and Duke Health professions students, are invited tosubmit projects for the poster session. 

The deadline for all abstract submissions is Mon., Nov. 27, 2017 by 5 p.m.

Abstracts may be submitted at this link: 2018qualityconferenceabstractsubmissionsite

For any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to Jonathan Bae, Cindy Gordon, or Margaret Sturdivant.

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

  • Nov. 23 - Turkey Bowl!

  • Dec. 9 - Department of Medicine Holiday Party