Internal Medicine Residency News, Sept. 17, 2018

Monday, September 17, 2018

From the Director

Many thanks to all who have worked extra hard during the past 4 days of Florence to ensure that our patients get fantastic care and to help out colleagues who were stranded and unable to get into work. Your dedication and help is so much appreciated. 

During the coming days and weeks, we will be hearing of many more opportunities to help, as the hospitals and communities who were hit very hard by Florence begin the long recovery. We will communicate with you all about patient care needs, as well as possible other ways to help the communities in our state that have been devastated by the storm.   

We are looking at the calendar to reschedule our “Meet Dr. Cooney” night at Ponysaurus.  Stay tuned. 

If you haven’t signed up yet for the Stead Tread, now is the time! You probably missed going for a run for a few days given the torrential downpours, so now is the time to get back at it!  Come out for a fun morning and support a great cause!


In addition to kudos to everyone for their work this past week, more kudos go to Mike Murn for an awesome SAR talk on ABG’s, to Anthony Horton from Shannon Niedermeyer and Gen Med 2 for great work caring for some very sick patients overnight, to Chester Kao and Kim Cocce from Jenn Rymer for being amazing overnight CAD interns, to Hannah Dzmictrowicz from Winn Seay for great care of a patient at the DOC, to Jon Reichstein from Josh Lee for superior patient care and teamwork on VA Gen Med, and to Kristen Veal for “awesome rock star like work on VA gen med” as well as  Jeannette Yu (MS4) and Nick Drysdale (MS2) for their great work, all from Qasim Husseini. And kudos from Bryan Golubski to Taylor Triana for her support and to Wynn Hunter and Lara Hayes for their SAR level leadership and helpfulness at the VA, and to Bryan Golubski and Alex Reddy from Susanna Naggie for their fantastic teamwork on VA Gen Med. 

Please send your big-time kudos to Lauren Sharan Ranard for being selected as this year’s Ruth Ann Greenfield Research Award winner in Cardiology! Congratulations Lauren!

PubMed from the Program

This week’s pubmed from the program goes to Chris Pumill for his abstract “Cigarette Smoking in Patients With Heart Failure: A 20-Year Experience at Duke University Medical Center” that was accepted to the 2018 AHA Meeting!!

Have a great week!

Clinic Corner: Pickett Road

Contributed by Jeff Clough

There is plenty going on in and out of the clinic at Pickett Road. Dr. Boinapally and Dr. Shaw have been piloting a new model of care using encounter specialists as scribes to improve the efficiency of care. With the house staff, we are focusing on improving our process to schedule follow-up appointments. We continue to have plenty of fun with a well-attended pool party hosted by Dr. Peyser at the end of August and with our work culture committee keeping us well fed, celebrating a constant stream of national food-related holidays.  Balancing out those calories, Pickett expects to have strong representation in the Triangle Heart Walk and the Stead Tread in the coming weeks.


From the Chief Residents

Morning Report and MGR: Sept. 17-21, 2018
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location

Case Presentation

Matt Tucker to Jane Trinh 7:15 a.m. DUH 8253
9/18/18 Chronic pain management  Dr. Lee 7:15 a.m.

DUH 8253



Dr. Wilder 7:15 a.m. DUH 8253


Dr. Freedman 7:15 a.m. DUH 8253

Medicine Grand Rounds: Increasing antibiotic resistance in Gram negative bacteria: A return to the pre-antibiotic era?

Joshua Thaden, MD, PhD

8 a.m. DUH 2002


Noon Conference: Sept. 17-21, 2018
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location Lunch

Compassionate Care Conference


12:10 p.m.

DUH 2002

9/18/18 SAR Lecture Series: Biliary Emergencies

Stephanie Garbarino

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2002

Jason's Deli


Acute decompensated cirrhosis

Andrew Muir

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2002

Dales Indian Cuisine
9/20/18 SAR Lecture Series: Lower GI Bleed Shaki Salvador

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2001

Cosmic Cantina

Medicine Research Seminar: NEUROPOD CELLS: the emerging biology of our visceral self

Diego Bohórquez, PhD

12 p.m.

DUH 2002

Duke Gen Med Conference Schedule: Sept. 17-20, 2018
Date Topic Lecturer Time

SAR Report 

Chidi Edgwim presents to Murat Arcasoy​

1:15 p.m.


SAR Report

Intern Report

Shannon Niedermeyer presents to Joe Govert

​Nick Ashur presents to Dr. Dahhan

1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.


SAR Report 

Gil Acevedo presents to Aimee Zaas

1:15 p.m.


SAR Report/QI Conference 

Intern Hospitalist Series - Pneumonia

Joe Plaksin presents with Joel Boggan

Steve Telloni

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. 29 - Stead Tread 5K

  • Nov. 2 - Recruitment Kickoff