Internal Medicine Residency News, Sept. 7th, 2021

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

From the Director

It has been a busy week and we are on our way to several more quite busy weeks due to the ongoing COVID-19 surge here in NC as well as the many others who need care. We will continue to keep you updated on what is happening at Duke, Duke Regional and the VA. We appreciate all you are doing as well as the open lines of communication with leadership, the chiefs and ResCo. This is not what we wanted or hoped for during the fall months, so please be kind to yourself and to those around you. And always, our doors are open to check in.

It is WOMEN IN MEDICINE MONTH! We have a pretty awesome set of women role models around us, from med students, interns, residents, fellows, faculty, our GME staff and leadership team, our Chair, our Dean. We heard an awesome LEADs talk from Dr. Erica Taylor last Tuesday and are preparing for an upcoming talk highlighting women leaders and their supporters at Duke, led by our very own Dr. Dani Zipkin. Proud to be part of such a great Department as well as Health System.

ITE is coming to a close – thanks to our Med Res Office Team for proctoring and organizing! SARs, keep filling out the interview tracker and letting us know if you need a quiet office with good internet to interview.

Have you downloaded the ThanksRx app? If yes, keep on recognizing your colleagues for the amazing things they do! If you haven’t, please take a moment to download and get “thanks-ing!”  Yep. It’s a verb. 

Super belated congratulations to LaShondra Arnold and Ibrahim Abubakar on the birth of Anas! We can’t wait to meet him (recruiting for the class of 2049).

Kudos this week to Melanie Cabezas on her awesome Cohen Conference, Sarah Moserowitz (and the MICU team) from Kristi Styliadis RN for amazing teamwork caring for a very sick patient, to Kirsten Binz and Katrina Centner (via Tareq Aljurf) from Dr. Shelburne (VA Pathology) on the outstanding and thoughtful workup of a patient they cared for, to Zach Silver from JR Peacock for excellent patient care at the VA, to Aubrie Carroll from Emory Buck for spending many hours helping a family of a seriously ill patient, to the very impressive interns who got to work with Amanda Broderick this week (Sara Barlow, Matt Pisarcik, Tasnim Mushannen, Meg Sugita and Richard Morgan), to JT Tanaka for great work in the VA CICU from Peggy Sahu and also to Brian Rabe for his help in the VA CICU also from Peggy, and to Ryan Duffy from Felicia Cao for being a fantastic team player. Kudos to Melanie Cabezas, Brian Rabe, Hayley Cunningham, Allison Taylor, Audrey Zhang, Sara Barlow, Nathan Hirshman and Katherine Zhou for getting GOLD STARs from their patients recently!

Pubmed from the Program
This week’s pubmed from the program goes to Londyn Robinson for her recent article in Academic Medicine! Who Is Caring for Health Care Workers’ Families Amid COVID-19? Robinson, Londyn J. MD1; Engelson, Brianna J. MD2; Hayes, Sharonne N. MD3 Author Information Academic Medicine: September 2021 - Volume 96 - Issue 9 - p 1254-1258 doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000004022

Have a great week
Let’s do this



Clinic Corner: DOC

Contributed by Lynn Bowlby

Catch up on the latest from the DOC

Med Res Team Office Calendar


From the Chief Residents

Morning Report: September 7-9, 2021 via Zoom
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location

Cancer Screening

Dr. Waite 7:15 a.m. Zoom
09/08/21 Smoking Cessation Dr. Davis 7:15 a.m. Zoom
09/09/21 Sinusitis Dr. Jang 7:15 a.m. Zoom


Academic Half Day: September 10th, 2021 
Thread Topic Lecturer Time Location



Dr. Weinmann

Dr. Weinmann

9:00 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

VA Surgery Conference Room C5010


Pre-Operative Pulmonary Evaluation

Dr. Shaz

Dr. Shaz

9:00 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

VA Medicine Conference Room C8016


Noon Conference: September 6-10, 2021
Date Inpatient Topic on Zoom Lecturer Time Location Lunch
09/06/21 Holiday: No Noon Conference    




Medicine LEADS: A Rare But Serious Cause of Abdominal Pain in Patients on Maintenance Peritoneal Dialysis

David Ortiz-Melo, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine (Nephrology)

Erik Paulson, MD
Robert J. Reeves Professor of Radiology
Chair, Department of Radiology

Nathan Hirshman, MD
PGY-3, Internal Medicine Residency Program

12 p.m.


Chubby's Tacos



Dr. Cabezas 12 p.m.



Cohen Conference

Dr. Katz 12 p.m.


Piper's in the Park
09/10/21 Medicine Grand Rounds: Overcoming Resistance to PD-1 Immunotherapy in Advanced Melanoma

April Salama, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology)
Director, Melanoma Disease Group
Duke Cancer Institute 

Brent Hanks, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology)
Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology
Associate Director of Basic and Translational Research, Duke Center for Cancer Immunotherapy
Associate Director of Translational Sciences, Melanoma Program
Duke University, Duke Cancer Institute

12 p.m.




Report Conference Schedule: September 6th-9th, 2021 
Date Topic Lecturer Time

No conferences in observance of Labor Day

SAR Orientation - held in 2253


Dr. Hirshman


3:00 p.m.


VA JAR Case Report

Intern Case Report

Duke SAR Report - held in 2253 

Duke Intern Report - held in 8262

Dr. Bernstein with Dr. Zaas

Dr. Ernstberger with Dr. Shoff

Dr. Nama with Dr. Govert

Dr. Patel with TBD

11 a.m.

1:30 p.m.

1:15 p.m.

2:30 p.m.



Duke SAR Report - held in 8262

Dr. Bader with Dr. Rao (Cardiology, Cath)

Dr. Cunningham with Dr. Zaas

11 a.m.

1:15 p.m.


JAR Case Report 

Intern Case Report

ACR Equity Report - held in 2253

MS2 Teaching 

Dr. Gamble with Dr. Van Kirk

Dr. Silver with Dr. Lyles

Sarah Cantrell


11:00 a.m.

1:30 p.m.

1:15 p.m.

2:30 p.m.

From the Residency Office

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.