Internal Medicine Residency News, Oct. 30, 2017

Monday, October 30, 2017

From the Director

Recruitment starts this week! Cannot believe it! What a great way to end DOCTOBERFEST!  We are really looking forward to having the “future Duke residents” visit our amazing program.  Year after year, the interviewees cite the current Duke residents as the primary reason why they want to come to Duke … camaraderie, intelligence, commitment, having fun while doing great work, the list goes on and on!  Kerri has done a phenomenal job putting the interview days together, and Dr. Butterly has mastered the bow tie… let’s bring it for a great recruitment season!


Thank you to Murat Arcasoy and Joel Boggan for being the first faculty to donate Duke Basketball tickets to the residents this year. Also kudos this week to David Beavers on a simply phenomenal SAR talk. More kudos to the Res Co Social Committee (ResCo SoCo!) for planning the Halloween party. Great costumes, great turnout, and a great time had by all. 

Dave, Jake, Jonah and I  want to thank you all SO MUCH for selecting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as this year’s We Care Week charity – we are in awe of the support from our DukeFamily. 

We are also extending our profound thanks to Anne Phelps, John Paat and Duke SignatureCare for sponsoring the ACP Board Review materials for our residency! Details to follow on how this amazing resource will be utilized in the program. We are extremely grateful for the support, and look forward to incorporating this material into our curriculum.

Pubmed from the Program

This weeks Pubmed from the Program goes to John David Ike for his recently published book chapter, for the National Library of Medicine titled “Health Literacy and the Arts: Exploring the Intersection” in the book New Directions in Health Literacy Research, Theory, and Practiceby the IOS Press.

Have a great week!



Clinic Corner: Ambulatory

Contributed by Daniella Zipkin

Attention Interns! Time to declare your interest in the ACLT!

Ambulatory Care Leadership Track brief one-page application form attached!

Do you think you will work in a clinic environment one day, whether gen med or subspecialty? Do you want to learn how to have an impact on health policy and use your voice to improve patient care? Please consider being a part of the ACLT. Founded in 2012, It is an elective track for second and third year internal medicine residents which serves as a foundation for careers as leaders in academic medicine subspecialties, primary care, research, or education. Residents come together during twelve ambulatory weeks per year of ambulatory clinical time and weekly academic seminars, including:

  • Advocacy and health policy seminars given by faculty in government relations and health policy throughout the year, with an 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 population health and practice management
  • Curricula in teaching and opportunities for small group teaching as a senior resident
  • Each block also includes General Internal Medicine Journal Club, presented by residents with support from EBM teaching faculty.

Access to all the clinical opportunities during ambulatory blocks, including: sports medicine, women’s health, ENT, ophthalmology, dermatology, palliative care, integrative medicine, pain medicine, obesity medicine, gen med, as well as all medicine subspecialties

ACLT residents have gone on to fellowships/careers in cardiology, endocrinology, general medicine, geriatrics, hematology-oncology, infectious disease, nephrology, rheumatology, sports medicine.

Current ACLT residents:
SARs – Megan Gillum, Kelly Ground, Jared Lowe, Leah Machen, Maggie Moses, Sarah Nouri, Annie Reihman, Caroline Sloan, Meghan Steiner

JARs – Ryan Anderson, Joe Plaksin, Ben Ranard, Jasmine Washington

Med Psych – Sarah Nelson, Nicole Helmke, Johnny Komisar, Colin Smith

Ambulatory Curriculum Mission
Big topics are being discussed across all the divisions and a revamp of our approach to ambulatory teaching is coming soon. Please let Dani or Dinushika know if you’d like to get involved or share your thoughts and ideas.

From the Chief Residents

Morning Report and MGR: Oct. 30-Nov. 3, 2017
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location

Platelet Disorders

Murat Arcasoy

7:15 a.m. DUH 8252


Aimee Zaas

7:15 a.m.

DUH 8252


Case Presentation

Matthew Labriola to Michael Felker

7:15 a.m. DUH 8252

Case Presentation

Chidi Egwim to Nilesh Patel

7:15 a.m. DUH 8252

Medicine Grand Rounds: NC Department of Health and Human Services Vision for Medicaid Transformation and Population Health

Mandy Cohen, MD, MPH
Secretary, NC DHHS

8:00 a.m. DUH 2002


Noon Conference: Oct. 30-Nov. 3, 2017
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location Lunch

MKSAP Dermatology

Elizabeth Schell Bressler

12:15 p.m.

DUH Courtyard We Care Celebration! Chubby Tacos!

Preliminary Interview


12:15 p.m. DUH 8252



Approaching Abnormal LFT

Steven Choi

12:15 p.m.

DUH 2002

China King

Renal Review

Dinushika Mohottige

12:15 p.m. 

DUH 2001


Chair's Conference

Filley Howe with interviewees

11:30 a.m.

DUH 2002

Duke Gen Med Conference Schedule: Oct. 30-Nov. 2, 2017
Date Topic Lecturer Time

Resident Report - Orientation



Joseph Rogers

1:15 p.m.

6:30 p.m.


Resident Report

Subspecialty Report

Joe Govert

Tian Zhang

1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.


Resident Report - Room 8262

Intern Report

Aimee Zaas

Tian Zhang

1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.


Resident Report

Intern Report

Joel Boggan

Suchita Shah Sata

1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.

From the Residency Office

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

  • Oct. 30 - Doctoberfiesta lunch
  • Oct. 31 - Halloween Tricks and Treats
  • Nov. 1 - Res-teering opportunity with Durham Habitat for Humanity