Internal Medicine Residency News, Sept. 25, 2017

Monday, September 25, 2017

From the Director

Hi Everyone!

It is hard to believe we are already ¼ done with the year! October is fast approaching, so get ready for Doctoberfest, the meet the Division Chiefs event for interns and JARs, the fall recruitment kickoff party at our home, and many more residency activities.  The ResCo Social Chairs got us off to an early and awesome start with the fall BBQ last night – many thanks to Nancy Yang, Lauren Donnangelo, Sheila Sherzoy, Dan Turner and Matt Labriola for planning, and also to Chris Pumill for being the “Grill Sargeant” of the evening.  We are also looking forward to the upcoming Lincoln Community Health Clinic Volunteers mixer, with planning by Shaki Salvador, Helen Zhang and Joe Plaksin.  Details to follow!

Congratulations to Ashely Naughton and Andy on the birth of baby Theo!


Kudos this week to Dani Zipkin for winning the GIM Mentoring Award, to Sonali Bracken for taking amazing care of a patient at the VA (his quote “She’s my hero!”), sent in by Lara Kapp, to Matt Labriola from Amanda Boyd for above and beyond clinical work on ID consults, to Becca Lumsden from Madhu Eluri for great care of a patient overnight on 9100, to John Roberts, Eric Wei and Tamara Saint-Surin from AJ Blood for great help on Duke Gen Med, to the chiefs from Leah Machen for being amazing, and to Jeremy Cypen from Leah Machen for being an fantastic colleague and helping out!  Additional kudos to Chidi Egwim for a stellar chair’s conference, presenting with our visiting professor in the audience!

PubMed from the Program

This week’s pubmed from the program goes to Rachel Feder! Porcine Esophageal Submucosal Gland Culture Model Shows Capacity for Proliferation and Differentiation. von Furstenberg RJ, Li J, Stolarchuk C, Feder R, Campbell A, Kruger L, Gonzalez LM, Blikslager AT, Cardona DM, McCall SJ, Henning SJ, Garman KS. Cell Mol Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2017 Aug 4;4(3):385-404. doi: 10.1016/j.jcmgh.2017.07.005. eCollection 2017 Nov.

Have a great week!


Clinic Corner: Ambulatory

Contributed by Daniella Zipkin

Ambulatory Curriculum Mission
Want to have an impact on how learning happens during ambulatory time? Send Dani Zipkin a note or pop in to our meeting TODAY, Monday September 25th at noon in the med res library to be a part of the conversation!!

QI/Sharepoint Modules
Do you have thoughts on making this experience better? We want to hear from you. Dani and Joel are kicking around ideas to integrate the QI experience more effectively into ambulatory time and have the group work together and get feedback on the work. Share your ideas with Dani or Joel!!

Shoutout to Dinushika!!
Dinushika hit the ground running when she came on as ambulatory chief. She has mobilized more faculty engagement for ambulatory templates, taken an active role in the vision of ambulatory education and wellness, been a source of support to many, and is working on elevating the conversation about inequity in medicine. Thank you for your passion and leadership, Dinushika!

Introducing the Ambulatory Care Leadership Track (ACLT)
Attention Interns!
Are you thinking of going into a subspecialty or general medicine, where you will have an ambulatory practice? Do you want to learn how to have an impact on health policy and use your voice to improve patient care? Please consider being a part of the ACLT. Founded in 2012, It is an elective track for second and third year internal medicine residents which serves as a foundation for careers as leaders in academic medicine subspecialties, primary care, research, or education. Residents come together during twelve ambulatory weeks per year of ambulatory clinical time and weekly academic seminars, including:

  • Advocacy and health policy seminars given by faculty in government relations and health policy throughout the year, with an advocacy trip in the spring to either Washington DC or Raleigh, NC, alternating years. Residents create a platform based on issues they wish to address as a group and meet directly with lawmakers at the state and national level to present their views.
  • Seminars in population health and practice management
  • Curricula in teaching and opportunities to teach as a senior resident
  • Each block also includes General Internal Medicine Journal Club, presented by residents with support from EBM teaching faculty.
  • Access to all the clinical opportunities during ambulatory blocks, including: sports medicine, women’s health, ENT, ophthalmology, dermatology, palliative care, integrative medicine, pain medicine, obesity medicine, gen med, as well as all medicine subspecialtie

The ACLT has evolved significantly since its inception, in response to residents’ feedback. This is a wonderful opportunity to realize your personal impact on the worlds of clinical medicine, education, leadership, and health policy.

We will ask for a one page application closer to to December, stay tuned! If you have questions, please email Dr. Zipkin

Current ACLT residents:

SARs – Megan Gillum, Kelly Ground, Jared Lowe, Leah Machen, Maggie Moses, Sarah Nouri, Annie Reihman, Caroline Sloan, Meghan Steiner

JARs – Ryan Anderson, Joe Plaksin, Ben Ranard, Jasmine Washington

Med Psych – Sarah Nelson, Nicole Helmke, Johnny Komisar, Colin Smith

From the Chief Residents

Please take a moment to review this Best Practice Advisory on Levothyroxine Injection from the Department of Pharmacy.

Morning Report and MGR: Sept. 25-29, 2017
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location


Murat Arcasoy

7:15 a.m. DUH 8252

Pickett Road Report: Dyslipidemia

John Guyton

7:30 a.m.

Pickett Road


Cancer Screening Guidelines

Daniella Zipkin

7:15 a.m. DUH 8252

QI Initiatives in Medicine

Joel Boggan

7:15 a.m. DUH 8252

Medicine Grand Rounds: Translational Research Approaches to Sugar-Induced Insulin Resistance and Metabolic Disease

Mark Herman, MD

8:00 a.m. DN 2002


Noon Conference: Sept. 25-29, 2017
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location Lunch

MKSAP Endocrine

Adva Eisenberg

12:15 p.m.

DUH 2002 Domino's

SAR Lecture: Thyroid Disorders and Endocrine Emergencies

Caroline Sloan

12:15 p.m. DUH 2002



Med-Peds Combined Lecture: Health Policy

Charlene Wong

12:15 p.m.

DUH 2002


Resident M&M

Joel Boggan

12:15 p.m. 

DUH 2001

China King

Medicine Research Seminar Series: B Cell Fate and Function after Stem Cell Transplantation

Stefanie Sarantopoulos

12:00 p.m.

DUH 2002

Duke Gen Med Conference Schedule: Sept. 25-28, 2017
Date Topic Lecturer Time

Admit team signout

Eileen Maziarz



SAR Case Presentation

Joe Govert



Resident Report

Intern Report

Dr. Tate

Tom Holland

1 p.m.

3 p.m.


QI Report

Hospitalist Curriculum

Joel Boggan

Dr. Colby



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.

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

  • Oct. 1-31 - Doctoberfest!

  • Oct. 2 - Duke Internal Medicine Book Club

  • Oct. 3 - Internal Medicine PSQC

  • Oct. 13 - Recruitment Kickoff