Internal Medicine Residency News, Oct. 4th, 2021

Monday, October 4, 2021

From the Director

Happy DOCTOBERFEST, COVID edition (year 2). Big thanks to our awesome chiefs for kicking the month off in style with FANCY DONUTS! Psyched for much more fun throughout the month. If you are worried about all the fancy donuts, join the chiefs, the med res office team and me for the health pact, which (loosely translated) is drinking more water, early AM Peloton and avoiding Chick-fil-a cookies.  

ERAS opened late last week so we are gearing up to recruit the next members of the #Dukefam. Look out for opportunities to sign up for the pre-interview evening meet-ups, My Takes, and other evening opportunities to meet with our future Duke residents. Kayla will start the signups ASAP and we are excited for the interviewees to meet you all.   It’s also time for fall advisor meetings if you haven’t already, for SARs to chat with me or Dr. Hargett as you craft your fellowship rank lists and also the time to put in Stead Grant applications. Huge thanks and kudos to Omar Martinez Uribe, Courtney Dominguez, Brandon Durant, Allison Taylor, Ashley Thrower and Andrew Maul for representing Duke IM and Duke Med Peds at the SNMA Regional meeting.

Don’t forget to sign up for the STEAD TREAD! Run with us in a COVID safe way or run virtually!

Kudos this week to Nandita Singh from former chief/current GI fellow Dr. Kara Wegermann for great care of a mutual patient, to Komal Safdar from former resident/current GI fellow Dr. Anthony Horton for excellent composure running a code blue, to Harsh Patolia from Tareq Aljurf for his composure running a code as well, to AD Khatri from Drake Edwards for going above and beyond for a veteran, to Nicole Dussault from Casey Howe for great work on DRH nights, to Kelly Flynn, Priyanka Reddy and Matt Goodwin from Emory Buck for being an awesome NF crew, to Hannah Florian for a stellar SAR talk and to Sarah Moserowitz for an excellent Cohen Conference!

Welcome to the #DukeFam to Ava Turner, daughter of Med Psych APD Dr. Nicole Helmke and Duke ID Faculty/Med Peds Grad Dr. Nick Turner!

Pubmed from the Program
This week’s pubmed from the program goes to a MED PSYCH EXTRAVAGANZA at the national Med Psych meeting. Check out the representation from our colleagues!

  • Coats S, Robbins-Welty G, Tuck AN, Lao B, Lane Z.  Pulmonary embolism during a retrial of low-dose clozapine.  

  • Hildenbrand J, Robbins-Welty G, Vyas K, Gagliardi J.  Neuropsychiatric considerations in a case of primary angiitis of the central nervous system. (FIRST PLACE!)

  • Lee J, Syed R, Robbins-Welty G, Shirey K, Helmke N, Feigal J.  A case of Takostubo’s cardiomyopathy and neuroleptic malignant syndrome. 

  • Robbins-Welty G, Usanis C, Roark H, Vyas K.  Providers should take protein-binding into consideration when treating neuropsychiatric manifestations of limbic encephalitis in those receiving plasmapheresis. 

  • Smith C, Gilbert E, Riordan P, Helmke N, von Isenburg M, Kincaid B, Shirey K.  COVID-19-associated psychosis: A systematic review of case reports. 

  • Strong C, Manning A.  Identifying autoimmune adrenal insufficiency in an adolescent male with presumed disordered eating. (RUNNER UP!)

  • Stavig A, Oliver JP, Henderson KK, Dillard J, Nickolopoulous E, Heming P.  Addressing spiritual care in a primary care setting through outpatient chaplaincy.  

  • Colin Smith Disparities in Emergency Psychiatric Care Among Black Americans: A Closer Look at Triage and Restraint.

  • Peter McCann The Unusually Quiet Patient.  A Rare Case of Dysphonia in a Behaviorally Complex Patient.

Have a great week and happy DOCTOBERFEST


Clinic Corner: DOC

Contributed by Lynn Bowlby

Catch up on the latest from the DOC


Med Res Team Office Calendar

From the Chief Residents

Morning Report: October 5-7, 2021 via Zoom
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location


Dr. Hachem 7:15 a.m. Zoom
10/06/21 Breast Mass/Pain Dr. Plichta 7:15 a.m. Zoom
10/07/21 Hematuria TBD 7:15 a.m. Zoom


Academic Half Day: October 8th, 2021 
Thread Topic Lecturer Time Location

SpA & Non-inflammatory back pain

Diabetic Nephropathy

Dr. Andonian

Drs. Kovalik & Rivera

9 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

VA Surgery Conference Room C5010


Hematology-Thrombocytosis and Thrombotic Disorders

Dr. Swaminathan

Dr. Fager

9 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

VA Medicine Conference Room C8016


Noon Conference: October 4-8, 2021
Date Inpatient Topic on Zoom Lecturer Time Location Lunch
10/04/21 GOC & Hospice Dr. Mumm 12 p.m.




Medicine LEADS: A Challenging Case of Endocarditis— Multi-Disciplinary Approach is an Achievable Chimera.

Joshua Parsons, MD, 
Fellow, Division of Infectious Disease 

Ryan Anderson, MD
Faculty, Division of Rheumatology

Vanessa Blumer, MD, 
Fellow, Division of Cardiology

Cary Ward, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)

Arthur Baker, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine (Infectious Disease)

12 p.m.


Chubby's Tacos


SAR Talk "SHOCK!" 

Dr. Mora Mossad 12 p.m.



Cohen Conference

Dr. Tanaka 12 p.m.


China King
10/08/21 Medicine Grand Rounds: A Disease Group Mentoring Approach

Daniel George, MD
Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology) and Surgery
Member, Duke Cancer Institute

Andrew Armstrong, MD
Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology), Surgery, and Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology
Member, Duke Cancer Institute

Michael Harrison, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology)
Member, Duke Cancer Institute

Christopher Hoimes, DO
Instructor, Department of Medicine (Medical Oncology)

Tian Zhang, MD
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Medicine (Medical Oncology)
Member, Duke Cancer Institute

12 p.m.


Happy + Hale


Report Conference Schedule: October 4-7, 2021 
Date Topic Lecturer Time


JAR Orientation

MS2 Teaching - held in 8262

Duke SAR Report - held in 2253

Dr. Gaviola with Dr. Simel

Dr. Narcisse


Dr. Andreae with Dr. Kussin

11 a.m.

1:30 p.m.

2:30 p.m.

1:15 p.m.


VA JAR Case Report

Intern Report - Alcohol Withdrawal

Duke SAR Report - held in 2253 

G-Brief - held in 2253

Dr. Bader with Dr. Zaas

Dr. Charles

Dr. Goodwin with Dr. Govert

Dr. Galanos

11 a.m.

1:30 p.m.

1:15 p.m.

2:30 p.m.



Duke SAR Report - held in 8626

Dr. Haywood with Dr. Cooney

Dr. Peacock with Dr. Zaas

11 a.m.

1:15 p.m.


JAR Case Report

Intern Case Report 

MS2 Teaching

QI - held in 2253

Tips for Interns - held in 8262

Dr. Broderick with Dr. Narcisse

Dr. Clary with Dr. Kime


Dr. Boggan and Dr. Burt

Dr. Kaplan

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.