Internal Medicine Residency News, Oct. 11th, 2021

Sunday, October 10, 2021

From the Director

Fun filled DOCTOBERFEST continues! Thanks to our  amazing barista chiefs for catering the homemade PSLs to the teams! This week we are making hot chocolate and hot apple cider for the night teams – can’t wait! All part of the carb loading for the upcoming STEAD TREAD! Let’s keep the signups going. 

Kudos this week to Karina Mora Massad for an awesome SAR talk, to JT Tanaka for his excellent Cohen Conference, to our former chiefs Matt Labriola and Hannah Dzimitrowicz for their Grand Rounds presentation, and to the NF crew of Emory Buck, Kelly Flynn, Matt Goodwin and Chris Wanjiku from Priyanka Reddy for being generally just an awesome bunch of co-workers.   Clearly the THANK-Rx_ATHON is working so thanks to all who are sending this version on kudos and tacos to their colleagues!

Congratulations to Kristin Corey on her wedding!!!

It’s that time of year for advising meetings, so please check in with your advisor if you haven’t met this year yet!  Dr Mitchell has sent a quick survey to the JARs to check on research/scholarly work mentorship, so we appreciate hearing from you about how things are going in that arena as well.  SARs, please let Bill or me know if you have questions now that you are wrapping up those many fellowship interviews.

Kayla will be asking you about signing up for pre-interview virtual meet ups, my takes, and willingness to have invited “future Duke residents” reach out to you… be on the lookout for ways to help bring in the next class of amazing #Dukefam

Pubmed from the Program
This week’s pubmed from the program goes to Chris Wanjiku, Kirstin Binz and Bari Rosenberg for their poster accepted to the upcoming American Society of Hematology meeting with mentor Dr. Tom LeBlanc, Acute Myeloid Leukemia in Western Kenya: A Snapshot.

Have a great week and see ya at the STEAD TREAD!


Clinic Corner: Pickett

Contributed by Jeff Clough

We are happy to have Dr. Fatima Syed selected as one of the inaugural Vice Chiefs for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and we look forward to having her as a resource at Pickett.  Dr. Bruce Peyser was recently selected as the Chair of the Clinician-Teacher Branch for the Department of Medicine Faculty Development Academy, where he will lead efforts to mentor and guide clinician educators.  Of course both will continue in their roles as stellar preceptors at Pickett Road.


Med Res Team Office Calendar

From the Chief Residents

Morning Report: October 12-14, 2021 via Zoom
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location


Dr. Moreno 7:15 a.m. Zoom
10/13/21 Smoking Cessation Dr. Davis 7:15 a.m. Zoom
10/14/21 Abdominal Pain Dr. Peyser 7:15 a.m. Zoom


Academic Half Day: October 15th, 2021 
Thread Topic Lecturer Time Location

Colorectal Cancer Screening

GI Bleeding

Dr. Wolf

Dr. Vance

9 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

VA Surgery Conference Room C5010


Hematology-Hemolytic Anemias and hemoglobinopathies

Drs. Buhr and Sharda

Dr. Shah

9 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

VA Medicine Conference Room C8016


Noon Conference: October 11-15, 2021
Date Inpatient Topic on Zoom Lecturer Time Location Lunch
10/11/21 SAR Talk: Oral Anticoagulation Dr. Aljurf 12 p.m.




Medicine LEADS: Perspectives and Innovations in Multidisciplinary Care at Duke

Adam DeVore, MD
Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiology

Omar Mohamedaly, MD
Assistant Professor, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care

Stephen J. Greene, MD
Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiology

Lindsay King, MD
Assistant Professor, Division of Gastroenterology

12 p.m.




SAR Talk: DNR and Code Status

Dr. Sahu 12 p.m.



Recruitment Updates

  12 p.m.


10/15/21 Medicine Grand Rounds: Reflections on the Genesis, Maturation, and Future of Critical Care Cardiology

Jason Katz, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)

12 p.m.


Secrets Pho & Noodles


Report Conference Schedule: October 11-14, 2021 
Date Topic Lecturer Time


Duke SAR Report - held in 2253

MS2 Teaching - held in 8262

Dr. Kellogg with Dr. Simel

Dr. Barr with Dr. Kussin


11 a.m.


1:15 p.m.

2:30 p.m.


VA JAR Case Report

Intern Case Report

Duke SAR Report - held in 2253 

Intern Report


Dr. Couch with Dr. Zaas

Dr. Boggan vs Dr. Cohen Presenter: Dr. Barrau

Dr. Rauch with Dr. Govert



11 a.m.

1:30 p.m.

1:15 p.m.

2:30 p.m.





Duke SAR Report - held in 8626

Dr. Slauer with Dr. Shah (Rheumatology)

Dr. Wawrynzski with Dr. Zaas

11 a.m.

1:15 p.m.


JAR Case Report

Intern Case Report 

MS2 Teaching

ACR CAT - held in 2253

Intern Report

Dr. Ingram with Dr. Woods (ID)

Dr. Townsend with Dr. Cohen


Dr. Helzberg

Dr. Pollak

11 a.m.

1:30 p.m.

2:30 p.m.

1:15 p.m.

2:30 p.m.

From the Residency Office

Now Accepting Applications for Global Health Elective Rotations
The Hubert-Yeargan Center for Global Health (HYC) is now accepting applications for eight week Global Health Elective Rotations for July 2022, January 2023 and March 2023. (Please note that while we hope rotations can begin in July 2022, we continue to monitor pandemic conditions at home and abroad and will schedule/modify rotations in coordination with Duke Travel/GTAC and Program Directors.)

Application is open to Duke Residents from the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics:Internal Medicine (PGY 2), Med-Peds (PGY 3), Med-Psych (PGY 4), Pediatrics (PGY 2), Neurology (PGY 3) and Radiology (PGY 4). Click here for the application.

For more information, contact Corrie Walston, Program Coordinator at or 919-306-6032 (cell).

Academic Hospital Medicine Fellowship Opportunity
Northwestern University’s Division of Hospital Medicine is now accepting applications for their Academic Hospital Medicine Fellowship. This two-year fellowship is designed to provide advanced training to junior hospitalists to launch them into successful academic careers. The program includes formal training, mentorship, and a capstone project. Each fellow receives protected time, ranging from 25-75%, as they focus their training in 1 of 3 areas: Quality Improvement, Medical Education, or Health Services and Outcomes Research. More information is available on our fellowship website. Interested residents should feel free to reach out to Dr. Kevin J. O'Leary directly and can complete the application here.

Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education

Duke University is cohosting the third annual public summit of the National Academies’ Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education. President Vincent Price will give the opening remarks, and Provost Sally Kornbluth will close the event with final remarks. Registration is free to attend the online event.

When: October 12-13, 2021

Participation is open to all students, staff and faculty across higher education institutions, as well as members of the public who wish to contribute to the discussion. See the agenda and register now. Join Duke and the larger educational community in this important conversation!

2021 Stead Tread 5K Fun Run/Walk
You are invited to sign up to participate in the annual Stead Tread 5K fun run/walk on Saturday October 16th at 9:00 AM on the American Tobacco Trail in Durham.

We will start and finish the race at Solite Park and will have an award ceremony and hang out afterward. 100% of the proceeds from this race benefit Lincoln Clinic, which provides health care to the medically underserved population of Durham. Lincoln has been a huge asset to Durham for decades, but especially over this past year. So, I hope we can pitch in to raise money to help them out and show how much they are appreciated.  If you want to help but can’t participate in the race for whatever reason, you can help in other ways, just ask how you can get involved!

Registration is $30 (if you sign up before October 1st) which includes a fashionable T-shirt as well as race day snacks. Please invite your friends, significant other, and anyone else who might join. There will be prizes for:

  • Five fastest runners

  • Fastest Lincoln clinic patient

  • Fastest housestaff

  • Fastest faculty

  • Fastest runners under 12 years old

  • Most creative outfit

Please email Ryan Duffy if you have any questions or concerns

Our Wellbeing

The Department of Medicine is keeping an updated list of wellbeing resources during this extraordinary time. Click here for more information.

Employee Health has Expanded Hours!
Based on feedback from team members who are seeking COVID testing so they can safely return to work with EOHW approval, the COVID hotline has expanded hours for employees: 5:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 7 days per week. 

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.