Internal Medicine Residency News, Oct. 26, 2020

Monday, October 26, 2020

From the Director

What? Last week of October? Make sure to sign up to help with our first ever virtual recruitment! Contact Kayla with any questions! Last week of Doctoberfest trivia and treats as well! It is also the last week of early voting - please take the time to vote. Check with us if you need help strategizing how to get there.

JARs, your in training exam results are back - check your MedHub. Now is a great time to meet with your advisor and discuss these results as well as career and life planning.

SARs, congrats to those who are wrapping up fellowship interviews. Please remember to register for the NRMP to put your list in. Always happy to talk about this - just let me know!

Kudos this week go to Ryan Keane and Andrew Andraeae for awesome inpatient work at the DOC, to Payton Kendsersky for a great SAR talk and Felicia Cao for her excellent Cohen conference and to Emily Romanoff and Gabriela Kraiter for being great helpers from Matt Labriola, to Connor Moseley from Lena Eder for great work overnight with a sick patient, to Callie Berkowitz for outstanding care at the VA, to Casey Howe from Dr. Patrick Hemming for going above and beyond to help a clinic patient get the care they needed and to Dr. Hemming from all of us (courtesy of Dr. Alex Cho) for his get out the vote efforts.

PubMed from the Program
This weeks pubmed from the program goes to Cindy Pabon for her recent publication "Complete Response of a Young Woman With MYD88WT Bing-Neel Syndrome on Ibrutinib Monotherapy Following a Single Cycle of B Hyper-CVAD/IT MTX." Pabon CM, Neff JL, Forns TE, Wang J. Clin Lymphoma Myeloma Leuk. 2020 Jun 13:S2152-2650(20)30302-5. doi: 10.1016/j.clml.2020.06.004. Online ahead of print.

Have a great week!


Clinic Corner: Ambulatory

Contributed by Daniella Zipkin

Surveys! Continuity Clinic and Morning Report
Thank you for sharing your feedback regarding your continuity clinic site! We appreciate it and use your comments to make improvements at the sites. Hannah will circle back with you all during Town Hall sessions coming up in January.

Thank you also for your thoughts on Morning Report – it was very informative and will shape what we do moving forward! Details to follow!

Attention Interns: Introducing the Advocacy in Clinical Leadership Track
Founded in 2012, the ACLT is an elective track for second and third year residents which focuses on health policy and advocacy. Residents come together during twelve weeks per year during ambulatory clinical time, with weekly academic seminars on Friday afternoons. Participating in the ACLT does not change the length of training, though it may conflict with some other elective opportunities. The curriculum includes:

  • Advocacy and health policy seminars given by faculty in government relations and health policy throughout the year, covering topics such as the legislative process, public health insurance structure, health finance, policy regarding social drivers, how to make a pitch, and more.
  • Advocacy trip in the spring to either Washington DC or Raleigh, NC, alternating years. Residents create a platform based on issues they wish to address as a group and meet directly with lawmakers at the state and national level to present their views.
  • Seminars in leadership and career planning

Current ACLT residents are:

  • SARs – Marius Chukwurah, John Davy, Nathaniel Harris, Cassie Lautredou, Soo Lim, Ahmad Mourad, Cindy Pabon, Bhavik Patel, Maggie Salinger
  • Med Psych – Johnny Komisar, Colin Smith, Alyssa Stavig, Gregg Welty, Ryan Slauer
  • JARs – Sunny Chung, Hayley Cunningham, Hannah Florian, Sea Bass Franco, Amber Meservey, Neesha Nama, Chelsea Perfect

Applications will be distributed in November, and due at the beginning of January. Please email Dani Zipkin with any questions!


From the Chief Residents

Morning Report: Oct. 27-29, 2020 via Zoom
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location

Outpatient Pneumonia

Dr. Trinh 7:15 a.m. Zoom
10/28/20 Breast Masses & Pain Dr. Plichta 7:15 a.m. Zoom
10/29/20 Unintentional Weight Loss Dr. Greenblatt 7:15 a.m. Zoom


Academic Half Day: Oct. 30, 2020 via Zoom
Thread Topic Lecturer Time Location

SpA and Non-inflammatory Back Pain

Hematuria and Proteinuria

Dr. Andonian

Dr. Mohottige and Dr. Okereke

9 a.m.

10:30 a.m.


Fever in the Hospitalized Patient


Dr. Messina

Dr. Dicks

9 a.m.

10:30 a.m.


Spirometry: Clinical Application

Chronic Cough

Dr. Bergin

Dr. Bergin

9 a.m.

10:30 a.m.



Noon Conference: Oct. 26-30, 2020
Date Inpatient Topic on Zoom Lecturer Time Location Lunch
10/26/20 SAR Talk: Acute Renal Failure Dr. Schub 12:15 p.m.


Secrets Pho & Noodles


Duke LEADS: Clinical Dilemmas in Endocrinology

Dr. McNeill 12 p.m.


Holy Mole


COVID Updates

Dr. Lewis 12:15 p.m.



Cohen Conference

Dr. Ali 12:15 p.m.


Piper's in the Park
10/30/20 Medicine Grand Rounds: Primary Aldosteronism: A Silent Epidemic

William F. Young, Jr., MD, MSc  
Tyson Family Endocrinology Clinical Professor
Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Moderated by Dave D'Alessio, MD, and Matthew Labriola, MD

12 p.m.


Happy & Hale


Report Conference Schedule: Oct. 26-29, 2020
Date Topic Lecturer Time


VA Intern Orientation

Duke SAR Report

Dr. Strong with Dr. Simel


Dr. Kayastha with Dr. Labriola

11 a.m.

1 p.m.

1:15 p.m.


VA JAR Case Report

VA Case Intern Report

Duke SAR Report

Duke Intern Report

Dr. Obeid and Dr. Garbarino

Dr. Dominguez and Dr. Garbarino

Dr. Harris with Dr. Govert

Dr. Corey 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. Wawrzynski and Dr. Tighe

Dr. Powers with Dr. Zaas

11 a.m.

1:15 p.m.


VA JAR Check-in

VA Intern Case Report

Duke QI Report

Duke Intern Report - Opioid Use

Dr. Garbarino

Dr. Craig and Dr. Johnson

Dr. Boggan and Dr. Krishnan

Dr. Clifton

11 a.m.

1:30 p.m.

1:15 p.m.

2:30 p.m.

From the Residency Office

Society of Hospital Medicine NC Triangle Chapter Virtual Job Fair
Please join the SHM North Carolina Triangle Chapter on Mon., Nov. 9, 2020 7-8 p.m. ET for their first-ever "Virtual Job Fair" for aspiring hospitalists! Our goal is to provide a platform for our local hospitalist programs to share what makes them unique. Whether you are interested in staying local or not, our hope is that this event may give you a taste of what these programs can look like both in an academic and community setting. If you're considering a career as a hospitalist, please tune in for this interactive event!

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. 

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.