Internal Medicine Residency News, Oct. 7, 2019

Monday, October 7, 2019

From the Director

Happy Fall Y’all!  Very much enjoying the non-90 degree temperatures here in N.C. Hope it allowed you to get in a little jog to get ready for the STEAD TREAD on Oct. 26!!! Fall means other things as well … over-run by pumpkin spice, Doctoberfest trivia, Turkey Bowl prep, and of course GETTING YOUR FLU SHOT. If I had to rank these in order of importance, I would have to say GET YOUR FLU SHOT. Quick, easy, generally painless, and required. Protects you and your patients. It's free.

ResCo is excited to have helped organize Division Nights at Thirsty Thursdays – stay tuned for the calendar – we have them booked through February 2019, with more to be scheduled soon! Many thanks to our Division Chiefs for sponsoring nights out with faculty and residents.

This week’s kudos go to Eric Powers for an awesome chair’s conference, E-beth Ockerman for a great SAR talk, to Peggy Sahu from Neha Kayastha for outstanding patient centered care on 9100, to everyone who is covering SARs during interview season from the chiefs, to Dylan Ryan from Austin Wesevich for great care of a patient in the ED, to Andrew Morgan from former chief and current pulm attending Coral Giovacchini for wonderful bedside manner, to Sam Rauch, Dennis Narcisse, Anish BadjatyaRyan Keane and Anthony Horton from Jon Reichstein for excellent patient care at the VA, and to Dennis Narcisse for stepping up and initiating ACLS on a plane! Additional kudos for Leigh Wynkoop from Caroline Sloan, who said "Leigh works tirelessly to ensure that the PRIME residents have the best possible experience (given the VA’s constraints) and regularly steps in to see their patients herself, if there are last-minute clinic cancellations or switches. I am so impressed with how PRIME is run, and Leigh plays a huge role in that."

Special thanks to all the residents and faculty who were so gracious with their time and helped out with a recruitment photo project last week: Tamara Saint-Surin, Lynn Bowlby, Jessica Regan, Hayley Cunningham, Sarah Dillon, Michael Cosiano, Sara Coles, Katie Pollard, Dennis Narcisse, Jenny Van Kirk, Bill Hargett, James Helzberg, Chester Kao, Trent Wei, Payton Kendsersky, Cindy Pabon, and Lonnie Sullivan.

PubMed from the Program
This week’s pubmed from the program goes to recent grad/current onc fellow Kristen Batich for her recent publication, "Operative and peri-operative considerations in the management of brain metastasis." Sankey EW, Tsvankin V, Grabowski MM, Nayar G, Batich KA, Risman A, Champion CD, Salama AKS, Goodwin CR, Fecci PE. Cancer Med. 2019 Sep 30. doi: 10.1002/cam4.2577. [Epub ahead of print] Review.

Have a great week!

Clinic Corner: DOC

Contributed by Lynn Bowlby

Rooming a challenge for your patients?
Great news! Nursing will not pursue a medication review if it is apparent the patient doesn't know their meds. Nursing will continue the rooming, but not spend time on the Med Review when patients don't know their meds. We do the Med Reconciliation, nursing does the Medication Review. This should speed up the rooming process, since we are also going over the patients' medications. 

As always, you can see the patient before the VS, etc., is done, and they can be done after the visit. 

Thanks for all you do for the DOC!
Lynn and Co.

From the Chief Residents

Morning Report and MGR: Oct. 8-11, 2019
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location
10/8/19 Depression Dr. Williams 7:15 a.m.

DUH 8253


Cost Conscious Care

Dr. Cooney 7:15 a.m.

DUH 8253



Dr. Criscione-Schreiber 7:15 a.m. DUH 8253

Medicine Grand Rounds: Staging and Engaging Aging: Can You Live to 100 and Enjoy It?

Harvey Cohen, MD 8 a.m. DUH 2002


Academic Half Day: Oct. 11, 2019
Thread Topic Lecturer Time Location


PCOS/Hypogonadism (Endo)


Ann Weaver

9:15 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

VA NG032

ID 101

Infection in Immunocompromised Hosts

Micah McClain

Julia Messina

9:15 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

VA PRIME Conference Room



April Swaminathan


9:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

VA C8016


Noon Conference: Oct. 7-11, 2019
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location Lunch

SAR Talk: Global Health

Sarah Norton

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2002


10/8/19 Program Updates and Check-In

Aimee Zaas

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2002

Dale's Indian Cuisine

10/9/19 Mechanical Ventilation/Oxygenation  Neil MacIntyre

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2002

10/10/19 Chief Meeting with Interns Chief Residents

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2001

China King

Chair's Conference

Josh Parsons

12:05 p.m.

DUH 2002

Cosmic Cantina
Duke Gen Med Conference Schedule: Oct. 7-10, 2019
Date Topic Lecturer Time

SAR Report 

Cake Pops with Cooney

Sean Doerfler to Aimee Zaas

Mitchell Veverka/Sheila Sherzoy to Kathy Cooney

1:15 p.m.

4:15 p.m.


SAR Report - DUH 8262

Intern Report 

Mark Robertshaw to Joe Govert

Ben Redpath/Mike Noujaim to Dr. Middleton

1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.


Journal Club

James Deardorff to Bill Hargett

1:15 p.m.


SAR Report

Intern Report 

Mike Noujaim to Andrew Muir

Dr. Kaplan

1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.

From the Residency Office

8th Annual Stead Tread 5K 
The 8th annual Stead Tread will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 at 9 a.m. on the American Tobacco Trail (starting at Solite Park in Durham). Please visit the Stead Tread 2019 website ( for important race information, to securely register ($30), or to make a donation. Early Bird Registration: Save $5 if you register by September 29th ($25).

Narrative Medicine
The Narrative Medicine group will hold its first session of the year Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. in the Med Res Library. Dr. Galanos will precept this session.The theme for this session will be "Transitions." If you are interested in writing a piece, feel free to write about anything this word might bring to your mind. Please limit your piece to less than 1,000 words and email Govind Krishnan your piece by next Monday, Oct. 7. The narrative medicine sessions are considered a safe space: whatever is shared in our session, we ask that you keep private as well without express permission to share it with others. As always, food will be provided! Email Govind Krishnan to RVSP; the size of the group will be limited to 10.

Carrying Grief
This session is a confidential space to discuss personal grief and how it intersects with our professional lives as physicians. It is not uncommon for house officers to experience significant losses and deaths in their personal lives, outside of work. What are the strategies individuals have developed for living with that grief and for being able to carry it while working as a medical trainee?

Carrying Grief is an opportunity to:

  • Realize there are others in our community struggling with personal loss
  • Hear from peers about their experiences and reflections
  • Support your community by holding space for each other in difficult times

The first session will be held Tuesday Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. in DMP 2W96. Food and drinks will be provided. Contact Jared Lowe with questions.

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. 8 - Carrying Grief session
  • Oct. 9 - Warren Society hosts Trivia Night
  • Oct. 10 - Narrative Medicine
  • Oct. 26 - Stead Tread 5K and Halloween Party
  • Nov. 1 - Recruitment Kick Off Party