Internal Medicine Residency News, Oct. 16, 2017

Monday, October 16, 2017

From the Director

Happy Mid-Doctoberfest! Hope everyone had a chance to enjoy one of the two beautiful days this past weekend. We’ve got lots more fun to have during “Doctober” and are rapidly gearing up for recruitment! Thanks in advance to those who have signed up for our events, including tours, “My Take” and dinners, and to faculty who have signed up to interview.  

We had a great time at our home on Friday, and many thanks to Kerri and Lynsey for your hard work, and also to Eileen Maziarz for organizing the first Kickball event of Duke IM! Thank you to Dr. and Mrs. Rogers for hosting a wonderful evening for interns and JARs with departmental leadership.


Many kudos to be had this week: to Sarah Nouri for a fantastic SAR talk on VTE, to Maryann Oyasande for her awesome chair’s conference, to Michelle Mitchell and Kristen Batich from Tanya Aylward for excellent work on Gen Med, to Kathryn Hutchins from Kent Feng for her great work as the DRH night intern, to Sean Doerfler, Chidi Egwim, and Josh Lee from Daphne Xiao for being outstanding ‘first responders’ to an RRT on her gen med patient, and to Brittany Gatta from Daphne Xiao for her tremendous leadership as a VA JAR during some tough situations, to Caroline Sloan from Dr. Paul Zimmerman for her quick thinking and first response to a patient in distress, to Dan Turner and Matt Labriola from Kathryn Hutchins and Divya Natesan for letting them come to the party for a few hours on long call, to Sarah Norton and Shannon Niedermeyer from Dan Turner for excellent cross cover help, to Nancy Yang from Shaki Salvador for “putting the family in #Dukefamily” to help out, and to the chiefs from Shaki Salvador for their help last week, and to the many members of the #Dukefamily who were there for Caroline Sloan this past week during a family member’s illness.  Kudos to to Adrian Randall from Shannon Niedermeyer and Sarah Norton for being a fantastic intern-for-the day on VA gen med and to Kudos to Govind Krishnan for running a difficult code with composure in the MICU and Casey Sullivan for handling a tough call in MICU with style and grace. WOW! You guys are amazing.

Congratulations to Jeremy Cypen and Sanja Galeb on their wedding this past weekend! A great turnout of residents to celebrate with you all – we are very happy for you!

PubMed from the Program

This week’s pubmed from the program goes to Rachel Feder and Filley Howe (pictured below) for their presentations at the American College of Gastroenterology this past weekend in Orlando!

Have a great week!


Clinic Corner: Pickett Road

Contributed by Sharon Rubin

Pickett Road has been seeing many new welcome faces. We have our two new attendings, Dr. Nastassia Shaw and Dr. Robert Hutchins who have started to fill the void of 3 prior providers. More patients are being seen and there is more availability all around for patients to see their providers and not be seen in resident clinic. We have new CMAs and LPNs that are training and getting on the floor so the clinic has more staff and help for our patients. We restarted our committees, Patient Satisfaction, Patient Experience and Work Culture and we have seen when the clinic works together, better events and outcomes occur. Due to the efforts of Dr. Peyser we have doubled our education with 2 CME lectures a month in addition to our MKSAP Tuesdays. We enjoy having our residents come and join use for discussion on Lipid management with Dr. Guyton or Travel medicine with Dr. Stout. Dr. Katie Charles participated in our first LEAD week experience on the wards with first year medical students and how to interview a patient. Our focus for ambulatory education, due to feedback from the residents, will be on musculoskeletal learning and focus on dermatology (biopsy and identifying skin lesions).

From the Chief Residents

Morning Report and MGR: Oct. 16-20, 2017
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location

Peripheral Vascular Disease

Schuyler Jones

7:15 a.m. DUH 8252

Smoking Cessation

Suzanne Woods

7:15 a.m.

DUH 8252


Case Presentation

Helen Zhang to Ken Lyles

7:15 a.m. DUH 8252


Heidi White

7:15 a.m. DUH 8252

Medicine Grand Rounds: The Impact of Leadership on Improving Cardiovascular Outcomes : A Tribute to Dr. Joseph C. Greenfield

Christopher O'Connor, MD

8:00 a.m. Great Hall, Trent Semans Center


Noon Conference: Oct. 16-20, 2017
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location Lunch

MKSAP Cardiology

Sarah Goldstein

12:15 p.m.

DUH 2002 Domino's

SAR Lecture: Valvular Heart Disease

Lukasz Cerbin

12:15 p.m. DUH 2002



Echo/Cardiology Imaging Basics

Zainab Samad

12:15 p.m.

DUH 2002

Jason's Deli

Residency Town Hall

ResCo Chairs

12:15 p.m. 

DUH 2001


Chair's Conference

Hannah Dzimitrowicz

12:15 p.m.

DUH 2002

Duke Gen Med Conference Schedule: Oct. 16-19, 2017
Date Topic Lecturer Time

Resident Report


Bill Hargett

Joseph Rogers

1:15 p.m.

6:30 p.m.


Resident Report

Intern Subspecialty Report

Joe Govert

Dave D'Alessio

1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.


Resident Report

Intern Report

Dr. Scialla

Matt Sparks

1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.


Resident Report

Intern Report

Dr. Setji

Dr. Alcazar

1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.

From the Residency Office

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

  • Oct. 1-31 - Doctoberfest!

  • Oct. 27 - Halloween Bash

  • Nov. 23 - Turkey Bowl!

  • Dec. 9 - Department of Medicine Holiday Party

  • Oct. 18 - Home cooked meal in the MedRes for the night crew
  • Oct. 23-26 - "We Care Week" 
  • Oct. 26 - Pure Barre Class with Kerri Shore
  • Oct. 30 - Doctoberfiesta lunch
  • Oct. 31 - Halloween Tricks and Treats
  • Nov. 1 - Res-teering opportunity with Durham Habitat for Humanity