Internal Medicine Residency News, Sept. 11, 2017

Monday, September 11, 2017

From the Director

Hi Everyone!

Way to go Stead Tread! A beautiful day for an amazing race for a phenomenal cause. Those of us on gen med were very sorry to miss it – congratulations to Matt Crowley and the Kempner Society for partnering with Lincoln Clinic to put together this annual event! Winners included faster than lightning Steve Pappas (overall No. 1, and fastest intern), as well as Med Psych cleaning up with fastest female resident Sarah Nelson, and second fastest intern Peter McCann! Many thanks to Steph Garbarino, Todd Brophy, Becca Lumsden and Dan Turner for being the resident organizers!

Turkey bowl practice remains in full swing, so make sure to join everyone if you can on Sundays in Forest Hills Park. 

Thank you to all who submitted grants for the Stead Foundation Grant opportunity! Dr. Arcasoy is sending them out for review, and we look forward to celebrating your work soon.

Keep your eye out for several upcoming activities, including the Duke Hospital Wellness Week this week, ResCo BBQ, SAR lunches with Dr. Rogers, networking night for interns and JARs with Dr. Rogers and the Division Chiefs/Fellowship Directors, and more!  They just started serving PSLs at Starbucks, so that means DOCTOBERFEST is just around the corner.  Can’t wait!


Kudos this week go to Ryan Anderson from Jan Dillard for outstanding care during a home visit from the DOC, to Mike Grant for staying late to help at the VA and to Shannon Niedermeyer for being a fantastic cards consult – both from Lindsey Shantzer, to Nate Moulton from Brennan Fitzgerald and the ED team for staying extra hours to cover a shift for a sick ED resident, to Jordan Gales for stepping up to cover next week, and Todd Brophy for covering Jordan’s clinic, to Mike Murn from Ashley Spann for supporting a team member in need, and to Melodi Whitley from Lara Kapp for great work on a busy call night.  Additional kudos to Francis Ugowe for an awesome chair’s conference on Friday, with our grads Jess Tucker and Steph Giattino as our expert consultants!

PubMed from the Program

This weeks pubmed from the program goes to Wynn Hunter for his article in the Journal of Oncology Practice, published with mentor Peter Ubel "Discussing Health Care Expenses in the Oncology Clinic: Analysis of Cost Conversations in Outpatient Encounters."

Have a great week!


Clinic Corner: Pickett Road

Contributed by Sharon Rubin

Pickett LEADs have been having a diverse experience. Here is Dr. Kimani working with Dr. Peterson leading discussion with first years medical students at the Interprofessional Education workshop.

We started morning extended hours for the attendings this week. Patients are able to be seen at the 7 a.m. hour. In December we will be starting the evening hours that allow patients to be seen to 5:40 p.m. Next week Dr. Robert Hutchins will be joining the Pickett road team. 

From the Chief Residents

Morning Report and MGR: Sept. 11-15, 2017
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location


Daniel Gilstrap

7:15 a.m. DUH 8252

Pickett Road Conference: Rheumatology Problems

Ankoor Shah

7:30 a.m.

Pickett Road Clinic



Aimee Zaas

7:15 a.m. DUH 8252

Case Presentation

Todd Brophy to Harvey Cohen

7:15 a.m. DUH 8252

Medicine Grand Rounds: Investigating Mechanisms of Tumor Immune Evasion and Immunotherapy Resistance

Brent Hanks, MD, PhD

8:00 a.m. DN 2002


Noon Conference: Sept. 11-15, 2017
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location Lunch

MKSAP Rheumatology or Intern Debrief

Stephanie Giattino, Ryan Jessee

12:15 p.m.

DUH 2002/MedRes Domino's


Lisa Criscione-Schrieber

12:15 p.m. DUH 2002



MKSAP ID or All-class Debrief

Jessie Seidelman

12:15 p.m.

DUH 2002/MedRes

Cosmic Cantina

SAR Lecture: Crystal Arthropathies/Infectious Arthritis

Tanya Aylward

12:15 p.m. 

DUH 2001

China King

Chair's Conference 

Casey Sullivan

12:15 p.m.

DUH 2002

Duke Gen Med Conference Schedule: Sept. 11-15, 2017
Date Topic Lecturer Time

Case Presentation

Night Sign-outs

Paul Riordan to Diana McNeill

Joseph Rogers

1:15 p.m.

8 p.m.


Case Presentation

Megan Gillum to Joe Govert and Joe Rogers

1:15 p.m.


Case Presentation

Intern Report

Ali Saadi to Tom Bashore

Anmol Singh to Kevin Harrison

1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.


Case Presentation 

Intern Report: Rheumatoid Arthritis

David Sterken to Jon Bae

Lisa Criscione-Schreiber 

1:15 p.m.



From the Residency Office

Global Health Pathway and Clinical Elective Rotations

Applications for Global Health Pathway are now open through September 30, 2017 for incoming class beginning July 1, 2018. Learn more.

Applications are open for Global Health Clinical Elective Rotations; Deadline is September 29, 2017. Learn more.

Society for Hospital Medicine Poster Competition

Society for Hospital Medicine - North Carolina Triangle Chapter announces a call for abstracts for its Research, Innovation and Clinical Vignette Poster Competition. Abstract submission deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 15, 2017. Learn more.


Duke Cystic Fibrosis Education Day

Duke Cycstic Fibrosis Education Day will be Sat., Sept. 16 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Trent Semans Center. Learn more. RSVP by Sept. 11.

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

  • Sept. 24 - ResCo BBQ

  • Sept. 29 & 30 - Global Health Clincal Elective and Pathway applications are due

  • Oct. 1-31 - Doctoberfest!

  • Oct. 13 - Recruitment Kickoff