Internal Medicine Residency News, Sept. 9, 2019

Monday, September 9, 2019

From the Director

Here we go! Lot’s happening in the residency as we get ready to have ERAS open for medical students next week (interns, can you believe it?). I hope some of you had the chance to enjoy the employee day at the Duke Football game this weekend. Education-wise, there was a great grand rounds featuring four junior faculty-led teams who are using data science to improve health for our patients – if this interests you, please reach out and we can help you begin to find mentorship.

This week on Tuesday at 4 p.m. we have our first “virtual mentoring” session from Duke Med alum and current MD Anderson oncologist Dr. Van Morris, who is on our Leadership Council! Join us on a Skype call for mentoring about the heme-onc fellowship interview process as well as questions about fellowships and careers in oncology.  Open to interns, JARs and SARs – join us in the MedRes Library!

Check out our DukeFamily hiking in Asheville this weekend! What a great way to spend a beautiful day.

Kudos this week go to Cassie Lautredou on her outstanding chair’s conference, to Dennis Narcisse and Nancy Yang for being inspiring SARs who did an amazing job promoting excellent patient care, helping the team to run efficiently, and overall making Duke Gen Med a great experience for both the team and for patients from Sean Taasan and (belated) to our intern class ResCo representatives Andrew Andreae, Hayley Cunningham, James Helzberg and Erin Song, and prelim rep Tammy Hsu.

Congratulations to Lynsey Michnowicz and Robert Allen Easley on their wedding this weekend! We enjoyed celebrating with you – what a beautiful wedding! And congratulations to Duke IM alums Mike Murn and Corey Bradley on their engagement!

PubMed from the Program
This week’s pubmed from the program goes to Chelsea Perfect for her article published in BMC Medicine – great work Chelsea! A systematic review of clinical guidelines on the management of acute, community-acquired CNS infections. Sigfrid L, Perfect C, Rojek A, et al. BMC Medicine volume 17, Article number: 170 (2019).

Have a great week!

Clinic Corner: Pickett Road

Contributed by Jeff Clough

Pickett Road is excited to welcome Dr. Denise Pong as our newest attending. Dr. Pong is a graduate of Duke Medical School and completed her internal medicine residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital. She will be a great addition to our practice and begin precepting residents in 2020.

From the Chief Residents

Morning Report and MGR: Sept. 10-13, 2019
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location
9/10/19 Cost Conscious Care Kathy Cooney 7:15 a.m.

DUH 8253


Breast Cancer Genetics Screening

Jennifer Plichta 7:15 a.m.

DUH 8253


Sexual Harassment and Micro Aggressions at the VA

Anne Emler 7:15 a.m. DUH 8253

Medicine Grand Rounds: Clinical Trials in Pleural Disease - What Have We Learnt?

Najib Rahman, MD

8 a.m. DUH 2002


Academic Half Day: Sept. 13, 2019
Thread Topic Lecturer Time Location



Sophia Weinmann

Ann Weaver

9:15 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

VA NG032



Stan Branch


9:15 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

VA PRIME Conference Room

Palliative Care in Oncology

Nathan Gray

9:30 a.m.

VA C8016


Noon Conference: Sept. 9-13, 2019
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location Lunch

Librarian Pearl - Battle of Boards: ID

Sarah Cantrell and Chris Shoff

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2002


9/10/19 Fungus Among Us

Aimee Zaas

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2002

Dale's Indian Cuisine

9/11/19 Geriatrics - Hazards of Hospitalization Juliessa Pavon

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2002

Cosmic Cantina
9/12/19 SAR Talk: Oral Anticoagulation Jessica Regan

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2001

China King

Chair's Conference

Caitlin Driscoll

12:05 p.m.

DUH 2002

Duke Gen Med Conference Schedule: Sept. 9-12, 2019
Date Topic Lecturer Time

SAR Report 




SAR Report - DUH 8262

Intern Report 

Sonali Bracken to Joe Govert

Joyce Hwang to Craig Rackley

1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.


SAR Report 

Jessie Gu to Aimee Zaas

1:15 p.m.


SAR Report

Intern Report - Waste/High Value Care

Bryan Golubski to Cathleen Colon-Emeric

Suchita Sata

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 July 2020 and January and March 2021.

Application is open to Duke Residents from the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics: Internal Medicine (PGY 2); Med-Peds (PGY 3); Med-Psych (PGY 4); Pediatrics (PGY 2), Family Medicine (PGY 2).

The application is available at

For more information, contact Corrie Walston, Program Coordinator at or 668-5976.

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. 30 - Deadline for Short-term Global Health Rotations (JARS)
  • Oct. 26 - Stead Tread 5K