Internal Medicine Residency News, Sept. 10, 2018

Monday, September 10, 2018

From the Director

Thanks to our Stead Leaders for hosting a fun afternoon at Ponysaurus! Kids, dogs, residents, attendings, snacks and drinks – perfect late Sunday afternoon! Don’t forget this week on Wednesday for the MEET DR. COONEY night at Ponysaurus. Many thanks to the ResCo for letting us co-opt the typical Wednesday gathering. See you there!

For those of you who have not experienced a “weather event” in N.C., please pay attention to the memos that come from Duke regarding hurricane preparedness and what we all need to do if severe weather strikes later this week. You will certainly notice that bottled water, bread and toilet paper are scarcer in your local supermarket, but given the current predictions, we should expect some power outages around town and reasonably bad conditions. Above all, we want everyone to be safe, and we will keep you posted on what might happen with “essential personnel” as the weather picture becomes more clear (ugh, bad pun).


A belated kudos to Dennis Narcisse from Dan Kaplan for his amazing work on Duke Gen Med covering for a few days, and to Eric Powers from Anmol Singh for caring for a very sick patient and family overnight with skill and grace on 9100. This week’s kudos to Chester Kao from Qasim Husseini for outstanding work on VA Gen Med, to Toi Spates for a great SAR talk on glomerulonephritis, to Chris Pumill for his multi-disciplinary chair’s conference, to Puya Abbassi for being an amazing co-intern and doctor on general neurology from Lena Vaynberg, and to Becca Lumsden who was selected as a Magee Women’s Cardiovascular Health conference attendee!

PubMed from the Program

This week’s pubmed from the program goes to Jordan Gales for his abstract “Severity of Congenital Heart Disease, Not Risk of Acute Coronary Syndrome,Drives Extent of Ischemic Evaluaon for Chest Pain in the Emergency Department" that was recently accepted for presentation at the upcoming American Heart Association meeting!

Have a great week,

From the Chief Residents

Morning Report and MGR: Sept. 10-14, 2018
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location

Thyroid Disorders

Matt Crowley 7:15 a.m. DUH 8253
9/11/18 Smoking Cessation Cecily Peterson 7:15 a.m.

Pickett Road


Case Presentation

Tamara Saint-Surin to Daniella Zipkin 7:15 a.m. DUH 8253


David Melo 7:15 a.m. DUH 8253

Medicine Grand Rounds: Quality Improvement Grand Rounds: Ambulatory Laboratory Testing and the Move to Zero Harm

John Paul Shoup and Jon Bae

8 a.m. DUH 2002


Noon Conference: Sept. 10-14, 2018
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location Lunch

Med-Peds Combined Lecture

Rebecca Sadun

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2002


SAR Lecture: ABG and Interpretation

Michael Murn

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2002



MKSAP Pulmonary

Christine Bates

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2002


SAR Lecture: ACS/Chest Pain

Corey Bradley

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2001

China King

Chair's Conference

Keva Garg

12 p.m.

DUH 2002

Duke Gen Med Conference Schedule: Sept. 3-7, 2018
Date Topic Lecturer Time

SAR Report 

Chair's Sign Outs 

Sky Vanderberg to Bill Hargett

​Dr. Cooney with Teams 6 and 7

1:15 p.m.

7:15 p.m.


SAR Report

Intern Report

 Katie Charles presents to Joe Govert

​ Sara Coles presents to Julia Scialla

1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.


SAR Report 

Nicole Pristera presents to Aimee Zaas

1:15 p.m.


SAR Report/QI Conference 

Intern Hospitalist Series - Syncope

 Joe Plaksin presents with Joel Boggan

Colby Feeney

1:15 p.m.

3 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 Global Health Elective Rotations for the 2019-2020 year.
Application is open to Duke Cardiology Fellows (2nd & 3rd Year) and Duke residents from the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics:

Internal Medicine (PGY 2); Med-Peds (PGY 3); Med-Psych (PGY 4); Pediatrics (PGY 2).

The application can be completed online here and all information is available at

For more information about this opportunity, contact Madi Smith, HYC Program Coordinator, at or 668-5976.

Application Deadline: September 30, 2018

Stead Tread 5K Fun Run/Walk
The 7th annual Stead Tread will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018 on the American Tobacco Trail (starting at Solite Park in Durham). Please access the Stead Tread 2018 website ( for important race information, to securely register ($30), or to make a donation. 100% of proceeds go to Lincoln Community Health Center. Your $30 registration fee includes an official Stead Tread 2018 T-shirt – register ASAP to reserve your size! Participants are welcome to run or walk, and strollers are permitted - kids under 12 walk/run for free (but should be registered by their parent/guardian). 


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

  • Sept. 12 - Meet Dr. Cooney Happy Hour

  • Sept. 29 - Stead Tread 5K

  • Nov. 2 - Recruitment Kickoff