Internal Medicine Residency News, October 3rd, 2022

From the Director

Welcome to DOCTOBERFEST! Check out the Doctoberfest calendar for the fun happenings, including a Thirsty Thursday with the GI Division to end the month!  Trivia has been going well, thanks everyone for your answers.



Things to pay attention to in the program … look for Pre-Interview Zoom Meet-up sign-ups as well as “My Take” sign ups from Kayla.  We are so excited to have you talk to our future residents about Duke and the #DukeFam. There are also a few specialty nights to be on the lookout for …. ACLT, MRRC, Sexual and Gender Minority Group and “significant others of residents” nights. 


Did you know that this year was the first official National Latinx Physicians day on October 1st? This day was founded to increase awareness of the need for more Latinx physicians here in the US as only 6% of physicians in the US are Latinx while over 19% of the US population is Latinx.  For more information, see



Kudos this week to AD Khatri for an awesome SAR talk, to Katie Smith for a fantastic Cohen Conference, to Carolyn Aylers from DukeFam alum Michael Noujaim for excellent work on GI consults, to MICU team of Garret Johnson, Jackie Kercheval, and Hannah Schwennesen for providing outstanding care to many critically ill patients with cirrhosis during the past 2 weeks from GI fellow and DukeFam alum Alex Reddy, to Zack Dailey from Harsh Patolia for going out of his way to help a patient get medications, “round robin” kudos to the MICU team of Hannah Schwennesen, Jackie Kercheval and Garret Johnson for being a MICU dream team, to Cameron Strong from Jan Dillard at the DOC for patient-centered wonderful care and to Auston Steifer and Karen Young from Matt Goodwin for an excellent Gen Med Friday!


Pubmed from the Program

This week’s pubmed from the program goes to the combo of Gregg Robbins-Welty and Sarah Eckstein for their award winning poster at the National Academic Medicine/Psychiatry meeting … Methylphenidate is a Potential Augmenting Agent for Catatonia (Mentors Dr. Jacob Feigal and Johnny Komisar!).  Note that our alum Dr Colin Smith was the poster session organizer.

Pubmed IM

Have a great (spooky!) week


IM Calendar



  • In addition to grabbing your picture, check the board to see who you’ll be working with and in which rooms
  • Try to sit on same side of clinic as your team, near your rooms. This way your team can find you easier.

We now have the bivalent Pfizer booster in clinic! Enter Misc Nursing Order, type "bivalent booster." 


  • 65+: Flu vaccine, age 65+ IM (QUAD) -- IMM6030
  • Regular dose: Flu vaccine, age 6 mo+, 0.5 mL dose, preservative free, IM (QUADRIVALENT)


  • Mammo Screening Breast Tomosynthesis Bilateral (IMG9112) -- for asymptomatic screening
  • Mammo Diagnostic Breast Tomosynthesis Bilateral (IMG9109) -- for current breast problem
  • Pro tip: When ordering breast US for localized current breast problem, order "Limited" study


The DOC Untold Stories project seeks to understand the lives of our patients and context of their illnesses.

How you can help: If you have patients who might be interested in sharing, please send them to either Elissa Nickolopolous or Katherine Henderson or have them text/email the info on the flyers around clinic. Thanks also to DOC resident Jeff Lee for helping lead this project!

The smart phrase .DOCVOTINGINFO has been updated and can be used in all AVSs. Thanks to Patrick Hemming et al. for partnering with Vot-ER to GOTV. Early voting starts Oct 20 & ANYONE can request an absentee ballot! 

Morning Report: October 04-06, 2022 via Zoom
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location
10/04/22 Insomnia Dr. Maggie Soltis Kilgore 7:15 a.m. Zoom
10/05/22 Trauma-informed Care Dr. Karen Goldstein 7:15 a.m. Zoom
10/06/22 Abdominal Pain Dr. Bruce Peyser 7:15 a.m. Zoom
Academic Half Day: October 07, 2022
Thread Topic Lecturer Time Location

Vital talk- Mastering Tough Conversations

Vital talk- Mastering Tough Conversations

Dr. Jonathan Fischer

Dr. Jonathan Fischer

9:15 a.m.

10:45 a.m.

VA Surgery Conference Room C5010


Pop Health 1

Pop Health 2

Dr. Joel Boggan

Dr. Joel Boggan

10:45 a.m.

Duke North-2003
Noon Conference: October 03-07, 2022
Date Inpatient Topic Lecturer Time  Location Lunch

Intern/JAR Scheduling and Career Planning

Dr. Zaas & APDs 12 p.m. DUH 2002 & Zoom Chick-fil-A
10/04/22 LEADS: A Breathtaking Case of Diagnostic Uncertainty


Dr. Tyler Couch

Dr.John Tanaka

Dr.Matt Goodwin

12 p.m. DUH 2002 & Zoom Guasaca
10/05/22 Med-Peds SAR Talk Dr. Connor Moseley 12 p.m. DUH 2002 & Zoom


10/06/22 Cohen Conference

Dr. Matt Townsend

12 p.m. DUH 2002 & Zoom Itaewon Grill

MGR: Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease:  Appreciating the influence of early life, environment, and collaboration.

Cynthia Moylan, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Gastroenterology
Joint appointment in Pathology as Associate Professor of Pathology
Member of the Duke Cancer Institute
Chair of the Women in GI committee
Director of Hepatology at the Durham VAMC
Staff Physician

8 a.m.


DUH 2002 & Zoom

Secrets & Pho
Report Conference Schedule: October 03-06, 2022 
Date Topic Lecturer Time


DUKE SAR Report- held in 2253

MS2 Report


Dr.Safdar w/ Dr. Burt

Student Teaching w/ ACR

11 a.m.

1:15 p.m.

2:30 p.m.

VA JAR Case Report 

DUKE SAR Report- held in 2253

VA Intern Case Report 

DUKE Intern Report- held in 2253

Dr. Schneider VA/military history

Dr. Kellogg w/ Dr. Govert

Dr. Pierson- Alcohol withdrawal teaching

Dr. Young w/ Dr. Zhao

11 a.m.

1:15 p.m.

1:30 p.m.

2:30 p.m.



DUKE SAR Report- held in 8262

Dr. Robinson w/ Dr. Cooney

Dr. Mehta w/ Dr. Zaas

11 a.m.

1:15 p.m.

VA JAR Case Report

Duke SAR Report- held in 2253

VA INTERN Case Report

Duke Intern Report-held in 2253

Dr. Miller w/ Dr. Duffy 


Dr. Schneider

Student Teaching w/ faculty

11 a.m.

1:15 p.m.

2:30 p.m.

Our Wellbeing
The Department of Medicine is keeping an updated list of wellbeing resources during this extraordinary time. Click here for more information.

Employee Health has Expanded Hours!
Based on feedback from team members who are seeking COVID testing so they can safely return to work with EOHW approval, the COVID hotline has expanded hours for employees: 5:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 7 days per week. 

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. Prioritized GME appts are now available also at 6 pm and 7 pm! 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.