Internal Medicine Residency News, Sept. 13th, 2021

Monday, September 13, 2021

From the Director

Monday, with a brief glimpse of fall weather at the end of last week. Best season, hands down. We appreciate everyone’s great collaboration with the busy teams and the changes (move from 8100 to 4100 went smoothly – check out the  inaugural teaching session in the new 4100 workroom!).

Nice to see all the SARs in suits doing virtual interviews for fellowships as well. Before we know it, it will be new intern interviews! Flu shots are on their way starting Sept 30. Keep your eye out for more information about where to get your shot at work. COVID-19 vaccine boosters were mentioned at the recent GME town hall à as recommendations become available (likely week of Sept 20th), more information will become available to us. Stay tuned! Congratulations to Shivy Chandramouli on his engagement!!

Kudos this week to Jackie Kercheval from DukeFam future chief Dr. Lonnie Sullivan for outstanding work in the Duke CICU, to Maxine Chan for doing an incredible job on NF (from Peggy Sahu),  to Amber Meservey for a masterclass SAR talk and to Matt Abbott for a fantastic Cohen Conference, and kudos to Hayley Cunningham from Dr. Carly Kelley for teaching gender affirming care to the staff at several Duke clinics. Don’t forget to be using the ThanksRx app as well as the Slack Taco’s function to recognize and support your colleagues.

Pubmed from the Program
This weeks pubmed from the program goes to Jo Cavalier for her recent publication Klem, Igor, MD and Joanna S. Cavalier, MD. “Vasodilator Stress Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Patients with Prior Myocardial Infarction.” JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging. June 16, 2021. 

Have a great week!

Med Res Team Office Calendar


From the Chief Residents

Morning Report: September 14-16, 2021 via Zoom
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location

Lipid Management

Dr. Metz 7:15 a.m. Zoom
09/15/21 Skin Manifestation of Systemic Illness  Dr. Wolfe 7:15 a.m. Zoom
09/16/21 Depression Med Choices Dr. Riordan 7:15 a.m. Zoom


Academic Half Day: September 17th, 2021 
Thread Topic Lecturer Time Location



Dr. Alexopoulos

Dr. Cameron

9:00 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

VA Surgery Conference Room C5010

Hematology-Hemolytic Anemias and hemoglobinopathies

Precision oncology/genetic testing

Dr. Strouse

Dr. Dzimitrowicz

9:00 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

VA Medicine Conference Room C8016


Noon Conference: September 13-17, 2021
Date Inpatient Topic on Zoom Lecturer Time Location Lunch
09/13/21 COVID updates Dr. Holland 12 p.m.




Medicine LEADS: SGLT2 inhibitors for Diabetes: A Compelling Story

Susan Spratt, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Nutrition)

12 p.m.




SAR Talk

Dr. Grace Lee 12 p.m.



Pocus Part 2 

Drs. Bowman and Lefler 12 p.m.


Secrets Pho & Noodles
09/17/21 Medicine Grand Rounds: Duke Hospital's Racial Past: Five Stories Worth Knowing

Jeffrey Baker, MD, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics and Practice in History
Director, Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities & History of Medicine
Director, Program in the History of Medicine

12 p.m.


Noodles & Co


Report Conference Schedule: September 13th-16th, 2021 
Date Topic Lecturer Time


Duke SAR Report- held in 2253

MS2 Report - held in 8262

Dr. Mehta with Dr. Simel

Dr. Sekar with Dr. McNeill

Dr. Hirshman

11 a.m.

1:15 p.m.

2:30 p.m.



VA JAR Case Report

Duke SAR Report - held in 2253 

Intern Case Report - Zoom

Dr. Zhang with Dr. Zaas

Dr. Tobin with Dr. Govert

Dr. Cooney

11 a.m.

1:15 p.m.

2:00 p.m.



Duke SAR Report - held in 8262

Dr. Taylor with Dr. Kothari

Dr. Duffy with Dr. Zaas

11 a.m.

1:15 p.m.


Med Surg Conference on Zoom

QI - held in 2253

QI - held in 2253

MS2 Teaching 


Dr. Burt with Dr. Boggan

Dr. Burt with Dr. Boggan


7:30 a.m.

1:15 p.m.

2:30 p.m.

2:30 p.m.

From the Residency Office

Med Ed Opportunity
The Group on Educational Affairs (GEA) is one of the groups within the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). They are putting together a task force to look at Clinical Skills and Assessment (the CLASS Project). This has become very important since the USMLE Step 2CS exam has ended. They are actively recruiting medical students, residents, and fellows to join the project. This is a great way to get involved with medical education at the national level and student input is critically important. There is more information in the attached flyer including a link to self nominate.

The deadline is Tuesday, September 14th at 11:59 pm EST. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at Thank you!

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!

LGBTQ+ GI/Hep Panel
With interview season in full swing, and in the spirit of commitment to diversity, we are hosting a webinar. We plan to discuss topics pertinent to the application process (for fellowship and for post-fellowship employment) specific to LGBTQ individuals and welcome all levels of trainees to this discussion. Please see below for more details and consider sharing the information to your trainees. 

Topic: Being “Out” In Medicine: A Discussion for LBGTQ+ Individuals Considering a Career in Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Time: Tues, Sept 14th, 7PM EST
Moderated by: Sonali Paul, MD (Univ of Chicago) - Transplant Hepatologist
Panelists: Rebecca Burbridge, MD (Duke University) - Advanced Endoscopy
                  Fellowship PD Nikki Duong, MD (VCU) - GI Fellow
                  Howard Lee, MD (Baylor Houston) - Transplant Hepatologist
                  Kira Newman, MD (Univ of Michigan) - GI Fellow
                  Doug Simonetto, MD (Mayo Clinic) - GI Fellowship PD and Transplant Hepatologist

If interested, please fill out this google doc.The zoom link will be after the google doc is submitted. Participants can participate anonymously as well. Questions Email

Pipeline Teaching and Mentoring Opportunity at City of Medicine High School
We are excited to announce a new longitudinal  pipeline building rotation in the Medicine Residency! Your role is to work with your colleagues as teachers and mentors to students at the City of Medicine Academy High School located next to Duke Regional Hospital.

This was planned in collaboration with the COM High School Staff and our Department of Medicine Diversity Equity Inclusion and Anti-Racism Education Sub-Committee, including resident reps Ceshae Harding and Harsh Patolia. While the final details and schedule of the opportunity are still being worked out, we want to begin the application process so that when they are ready, we are ready!  In general, those selected would work at the COM Academy during half or full days during their +2 weeks or elective rotations.

Our first opportunity is to teach in the sophomore health science class. We envision pairs or triads of residents teaching for half days on their +2 blocks – this will take some coordination but we believe it is critical to have people regularly attending these sessions and handing off to the next “+2” group. This opportunity is available to all years (intern, JAR, SAR) For MedPeds residents, this could occur during the MedPeds ambulatory rotation (your PD will help with coordination). Notably, this opportunity to work with members of our community occurs DURING the work day, not after work.  Other less time intensive opportunities are anticipated in the future.

Click here for more information about the City of Medicine Academy HS. This health careers focused magnet school serves a predominately Black and Latinx student community, all of whom are planning careers in the health sciences. To apply to become a COM Academy Partner, please fill out the Qualtrics by SEPTEMBER 20th.  Selection process will be by our committee – exact numbers pend interest and scheduling.  

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.

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.