Internal Medicine Residency News, Oct. 12, 2020

Monday, October 12, 2020

From the Director

Happy Monday! We had our first of the four socially distanced intern mini-retreats on Friday – beautiful weather and great discussions, plus reflection time in the Duke Gardens. Many thanks to Duke Gardens for offering hosted well-being visits, to the Chiefs, Dr. Butterly, Dr. Boggan and Dr. Hargett for facilitating. See group 2 on Friday.

Recruitment starts in less than a month! We look forward to your awesome participation! We will go over the calendar and plans with you at an upcoming “Bite Sized Updates” before  noon conference. Thanks in advance for helping us recruit an amazing class of new interns.

ARE YOU A DOC RESIDENT???? Take time to complete your colorectal cancer screening survey (project by your colleagues Melanie Cabezas and Aaron  Hein, mentored by Dr. Boggan). The survey closes Oct. 16, and here's the link (there's a chance for a $50 gift card as part of participating).

Kudos this week go to Megan Barrett for being an awesome co-intern and Maggie Salinger for being a great SAR from Komal Safdar, to Tyler Couch from Dr. Diehl for outstanding patient communication on 9100, to Brittany Chapman for a superb Cohen Conference and AM report, to Sukrit Jain for getting the diagnosis, to Maxine Chan from Bari Rosenberg for delivering her Patagonia vest, to Amanda Broderick for going above and beyond to help a patient (from Olivia Jew) and Courtney Dominguez for bringing in cake for Amanda’s birthday. Great job everyone! Keep up the #pumpkinspicetacos for Doctoberfest.

Additional kudos to Joanna Cavalier for her poster presentations at Triangle SHM  and Duke Research Week!  Cavalier JS, Goldstein B, O’Brien C, Zhao C, Bedoya A. A Modified Early Warning Score Predicts Decompensation in COVID-19 Patients. Poster finalist. NC Triangle SHM RIV competition. 13 Oct 2020.

PubMed from the Program
This weeks pubmed from the program goes to our 2020 STEAD RESEARCH GRANT RECIPIENTS (and their mentors!). Many thanks to Murat Arcasoy for facilitating this process and to the Stead Scholarship Foundation for Funding (led by Drs. Chris Woods, Karen Alexander and Ravi Karra). 

  • Rachel Tobin (Mentor Dr. Rob Mentz)
  • Michelle Ferreira (Mentor Dr. Jennifer Choe)
  • Colin Smith (Mentor Dr. Jane Gagliardi)
  • Austin Wesevich (Mentor Dr. Vicki Parente)
  • Joanna Cavalier (Mentor Dr. Armando Bedoya)
  • Joanna Cavalier (mentor Dr. Igor Klem)
  • Ann Cameron Barr (Mentor Dr. Suchita Shah Sata)
  • Kristen Corey (Mentor Dr. Bryan Kraft)
  • Michael Cosiano (Mentor Dr. Rob Mentz)
  • Geargin Wilson (Mentor Dr. Sonal Patel)
  • JR Peacock (Mentor Dr. Sudarshan Rajagopal)
  • James Helzberg (Mentor Dr. Andrew Muir)
  • Erin Song (Mentor Dr. David Leiman)
  • John Tanaka (Mentor Dr. Stuart Russell)

Have a great week!


From the Chief Residents

Morning Report: Oct. 13-15, 2020 via Zoom
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location

Low Back Pain

Dr. Keeler 7:15 a.m. Zoom
10/14/20 Derm - Skin Manifestations of Systemic Disease Dr. Wolfe 7:15 a.m. Zoom
10/15/20 Unintentional Weight Loss Dr. Greenblatt 7:15 a.m. Zoom


Academic Half Day: Oct. 16, 2020 via Zoom
Thread Topic Lecturer Time Location

SpA and Non-Inflammatory Back Pain

Hematuria and Proteinuria

Dr. Leverenz

Dr. Kovalik

9 a.m.

10:30 a.m.


Infections in Immunocompromised Hosts

GI Bleeding

Dr. Messina

Dr. Vance

9 a.m.

10:30 a.m.


Pulmonary Nodules and Pleural Effusions

Hemolytic Anemias and Hemoglobinopathies

Dr. Giovacchini

Dr. Shah

9 a.m.

10:30 a.m.



Noon Conference: Oct. 12-16, 2020
Date Inpatient Topic on Zoom Lecturer Time Location Lunch
10/12/20 SAR Talk: Clinical Reasoning Dr. Bagrova 12:15 p.m.


Piper's in the Park


SAR Talk: Meningitis

Dr. Rivera-Pratts 12:15 p.m.


Holy Mole


MP SAR Talk: Physicians & Relationships

Dr. Wesevich 12:15 p.m.



Cohen Conference

Dr. Sahu 12:15 p.m.


Secrets Pho & Noodles
10/16/20 Medicine Grand Rounds: Scientist, Clinician, Mentor: A Tribute to Dr. Neil Spector

Diego Bohórquez, PhD, joined by others who knew Dr. Spector well

12 p.m.




Report Conference Schedule: Oct. 12-15, 2020
Date Topic Lecturer Time

VA -- No Report

Duke SAR Report


Dr. Kayastha with Dr. Labriola

11 a.m.

1:15 p.m.


VA JAR Case Report

VA Case Intern Report

Duke SAR Report

Duke Intern Report

Dr. Caputo

Dr. Haywood and Dr. Garbarino

Dr. Choksi with Dr. Govert

Dr. Thrower with Dr. Labriola

11 a.m.

1:30 p.m.

1:15 p.m.

2:30 p.m.


VA JAR CAT Presenter

Duke SAR Report

Dr. Rauch and Dr. Murdoch

Dr. Powers with Dr. Zaas

11 a.m.

1:15 p.m.


VA Med Surgery Conference


Duke Intern Report - Sepsis

Dr. Hwang and Dr. Zhao


Dr. Pollak

7:30 a.m.

1:15 p.m.

2:30 p.m.

From the Residency Office

Call for applications: UNC Addiction Medicine Fellowship
The UNC Addiction Medicine Fellowship was founded in 2018 and received ACGME accreditation in April 2019. The fellowship is supported by both the NC Department of Human and Health Services (NC DHHS) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to train 8 Addiction Medicine physicians annually. The vision of the UNC Addiction Medicine Fellowship is to expand capacity for addiction treatment in North Carolina, with emphasis on training physicians in team-based care with an understanding of how to provide high quality addiction treatment to underserved populations. The fellowship is designed to prepare graduates for careers in community-based or academic Addiction Medicine and provides training in team-based care in multiple settings, including detox, pain management, inpatient consults, UNC Horizons (a residential substance use program for pregnant and parenting women), and outpatient treatment.  New in 2020, fellows will have a community-telehealth rotation, where they will train at one of five FQHC partnering training sites, providing addiction treatment in community based settings with significant need for OUD treatment. Learn more.

The UNC Addiction Medicine fellowship is currently accepting applications through ERAS for the 2021-2022 academic year. 

Now recruiting for Duke’s Global Health Internal Medicine Pathway 
The Global Health Internal Medicine Pathway (GHP) prepares trainees to bridge clinical practice with public health principles in order to reduce health disparities both locally and abroad. Internal Medicine Residents will extend their training by twelve months and complete residencies in both Global Health and Internal Medicine in four years. The GHP includes a Master of Science in Global Health degree and nine months of mentored global health research. Program benefits include full tuition coverage, research related travel expenses as well as research funds.

Applications are due October 19, 2020.

For more information, visit our website or contact Tara Pemble, GHP Program Coordinator (

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

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.