Internal Medicine Residency News, Sept. 20th, 2021

Monday, September 20, 2021

From the Director

Get ready folks…next week’s MED RES NEWS (maybe the longest running Med Res News in the country??) is changing it up! It will be CHIEF TAKEOVER! You best shower the chiefs with dozens of kudos for your colleagues (and tag each of them with a THANKSRx as well to keep the good vibes going) so that they are typing away with all the #Dukefam love.

When I return from vacation, it will be DOCTOBERFEST, as well as ERAS intern application review kickoff (current interns, say what?), the close of Women in Medicine Month and the switch for the Med-Peds folks. In addition, better be logging those training miles for the upcoming Stead Tread (COVID compliant outdoor run or run on your own if you prefer). SARs appear to be crushing interviews like Andrea Linares Lopes crushed the meme Monday pinata in the Med Res with a leftover “ward off evil spirits” crutch from my office. Way to go, everyone.

Congratulations this weekend to our #DukeFam alums Drs. Corey Bradley and Michael Murn on their wedding! It is a true PD joy to see residents meeting up for residency weddings AND they met right here in Duke IM. Also congratulations to Gregg Robbins-Welty who placed third in the national banjo contest this past weekend!  

Kudos to SeaBass Franco from the clerkship students (Via Dr. Poonam Sharma) for amazing teaching at the VA, to  Forrest Gamble,  Kurren Mehta, Allison Taylor, Daniel Bernstein, David Bader, Matthew Goodwin, Audrey Zhang and Omar Martinez-Uribe from Dr. Brian Schneider for having ZERO late discharge summaries on VA GM, to Grace Lee for a wonderful and excellent SAR talk, to the mutual kudos to Emory Buck, Monroe Wolf and Kristin Corey for great MICU teamwork, to Katie Smith from Nicole Dussault for beast mode ECG reading, to James Helzberg from Dr. Steph Garbarino for his awesome work on GI consults, to Julia Hiserodt from Sriya Muralidharan for great work on 9100, to Kristen Corey from Sarah Moserowitz for being a fantastic family advocate in the MICU, and right back to Sarah Moserowitz, Vivian Chen-Andrews and Aubrie Carroll for their MICU teamwork, and to Drew Vista from Nijat Aliyev for great care of the veterans overnight. Also, how about fantastic cross cover from Drew Vista and Matt Goodwin from Dr. Lindsey Wu? Additional kudos from Dr. Jenny Van Kirk - thanks so much to all the residents who have worked with sub-I's this season. Kudos to this block of residents who have completed MedHub evaluations in record time: Neesha Nama, Casey Howe, Peter McCann, Sam Dizon, Hayley Cunningham, Sith Sekar, Matt Abbott, Ryan Keane, Omar Martinez-Uribe, Kurren Mehta, Ryan Duffy, Hannah Florian, Peggy Sahu, Tim Hopper, Rachel Tobin, Sunny Chung, and Audrey Zhang.

Pubmed from the Program
This week’s pubmed from the program goes to DaMarcus Ingram and Emmanuella Egbonim for being chosen to attend the American College of Cardiology African American/Black IM Cardiology Program. Fantastic news and can’t wait to hear about it

Have a great week

Clinic Corner: VA/Prime

Contributed by Leigh Wynkoop and Sonal Patel

Welcome to Dr. Adedayo Fashoyin who will be covering for Dr. Koethe’s upcoming maternity leave. He’s now in clinic on Thursday afternoons to get a sense of how PRIME works. He is a fulltime attending in the 1D primary care clinic. 

PRIME staff have played some musical chairs lately as we have worked to free up more space for face-to-face visits. If you need a computer other than your exam room’s, you can try the workroom (which now houses all the RNs), the former “nurse workroom” (where Charlie was and where Leigh now is), or the precepting room – there should be enough workspaces for you to find a landing spot.

As of today, we are responsible for notifying patients of their COVID testing results. Please stay in close communication with your RN if you get a result. We are working on an optimum workflow. COVID testing probably will be decentralized very soon so we will be testing on site (hopefully outside). More to come on that.

Flu shots are available now in clinic. Veterans can also get at main VA facility or at a local pharmacy in the VA network (ask your RN if you need help with that).

Med Res Team Office Calendar


From the Chief Residents

Morning Report: September 21-23, 2021 via Zoom
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location

Shoulder Pain

Dr. D'Silva 7:15 a.m. Zoom
09/22/21 MCI/Dementia Dr. Pavon 7:15 a.m. Zoom
09/23/21 Sinusitis Dr. Jang 7:15 a.m. Zoom


Academic Half Day: September 24th, 2021 
Thread Topic Lecturer Time Location



Dr. Lloyd

Dr. Roberts

9:00 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

VA Surgery Conference Room C5010


Hematology-Hemolytic Anemias and hemoglobinopathies

Dr. Onwuemene

Dr. Shah

9:00 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

VA Medicine Conference Room C8016


Noon Conference: September 20-24, 2021
Date Inpatient Topic on Zoom Lecturer Time Location Lunch
09/20/21 Pulmonary HTN Dr. Fortin 12 p.m.




Medicine LEADS: Improving Care Transitions at Duke: How Can We Bridge the Gap?

Rebecca Sadun, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology and Immunology) and Pediatrics
Director, Young Adult Rheumatology Clinic

Robert Benjamin, MD
Chief, Duke Pediatric Endocrinology Division
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Medical Director, Lenox Baker Hospital
Associate Program Director, Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship

Carly Kelley, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Nutrition)
Medical Director, Duke Endocrinology South Durham
Co-Director of the Duke Adult Gender Medicine Clinic

David Ming, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine), Pediatrics, and Population Health Sciences

12 p.m.


Chubby's Tacos


SAR Talk: Bradyarrhythmia

Dr. Keane 12 p.m.



Cohen Conference

Dr. Buck 12 p.m.


09/24/21 Medicine Grand Rounds: Greenfield Lecture: Patient-reported Outcomes for Symptom Monitoring in Oncology

Ethan Basch, MD, MSc
Richard M. Goldberg Distinguished Professor of Medical Oncology
Chief, Division of Oncology
Physician-in-Chief, NC Cancer Hospital
Professor, Health Policy and Management, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
Director, Cancer Outcomes Research Program, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
Co-leader, Cancer Prevention and Control Program, Lineberger

12 p.m.




Report Conference Schedule: September 20-23, 2021 
Date Topic Lecturer Time


VA JAR Orientation

VA Intern Orientation

SAR Orientation - held in 2253

MS2 Report - held in 8626

Intern Orientation - held in 8626

Dr. Franco with Dr. Burt

Dr. Franco with Dr. Burt

Dr. Shirey

Dr. Hirshman with Dr. Regan

Dr. Hirshman with Dr. Regan

11:00 a.m.

1:30 p.m.

1:15 p.m.

2:30 p.m.

3:30 p.m.


VA JAR Case Report

VA Intern Case Report

Duke SAR Report - held in 2253 

Duke Intern Report - held in 2253

Dr. Kellogg with Dr. Zaas

Dr. Matthews with Dr. Johnson

Dr. Wilson with Dr. Govert

Dr. Antonia with TBD

11:00 a.m.

1:30 p.m.

1:15 p.m.

2:30 p.m.



Duke SAR Report - held in 8262

Dr. Couch with Dr. Shah (rheumatology)

Dr. Andreae with Dr. Zaas

11:00 a.m.

1:15 p.m.


VA JAR Case Report

VA Intern Case Report

ACR CAT Report

MS2 Teaching

Dr. Zhou with Dr. Van Kirk

Dr. Johnson with Dr. Schneider

Sarah Cantrell



11:00 a.m.

1:30 p.m.

1:15  p.m.

2:30 p.m.

From the Residency Office

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!

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.