Internal Medicine Residency News, September 19th, 2022

From the Director

BIG NEWS this week is the overwhelming success of the Stead Tread!! Such amazing work by the Stead Tread team, led by former Duke IM Chiefs Dr. Caroline Sloan with mentorship by Dr. Juliessa Pavon and phenomenal resident leadership by  Daniel Bernstein, Jackie Kercheval and Matt Townsend and the team of Auston Steifer, Callie Lilley, Kaela Miller, Sandra Au, James Davis, Alex Gunn, Bret Pinsker, Bari Rosenberg, Hannah Schwennesen, Julian Weiss and Karen Young.  Way to go super speedy top residents Matt Goodwin and Karen Lin!  Participation was fantastic from the residents, faculty  (a big shout out to our highest participating divisions of   Rheumatology, Geriatrics, Nephrology and GIM – HM and Pickett Road, plus EM, VA and hospital leadership (Dr. Lisa Pickett!), plus ID, VA ED and more! Word is that the run raised over $18,000 for LCHC which is a new record. 


Stead Tread

Stead Tread

Stead Tread

Stead Tread

Stead Tread

Stead Tread

Stead Tread

This week is the kickoff of “Get Ready to Vote”.  Tuesday is national voter registration day…check your own status to get started on making your voting plan.  The non-partisan organization Vot-ER has badge backers that can help you start a conversation with your patients about registering to vote as well.  If you are still looking for a badge backer, let me know!

We are gearing up for DOCTOBERFEST! Get ready for some fun activities and more throughout the month of October.  October leads into resident recruitment (can you believe it?).  Kayla will be sending out information about how YOU can help bring the next amazing class of interns to the DukeFam.  Year after year, our applicants remind us that YOU are the driving force behind choosing Duke and we can’t wait for them to meet you all (virtually of course, but we can still show off that amazing DukeFam energy). 

Welcome to our newest member of the IM Res Team, Ms. Candace Allison! She will be helping Emily with scheduling as well as the rest of the team with other office needs.  You will get to meet her at lunch each day so please give a warm DukeFam welcome to her when you pick up lunch!

Congratulations are in order for Julian Weiss on his engagement and Drew Vista on his wedding!

Huge thank you to Shannon Herndon and Emilio Guzman Cisneros for hosting the first Narrative Medicine meeting of the year! And to Dr. G for being a faculty champion of this amazing activity.



Kudos this week to Sarah Dillon on a fantastic SAR talk, to Aubrie Carroll from Alison Smith for her expert use of technology to coordinate care for a patient on gen med, to Andrew Maul and Melissa Cutshaw from Liz Kobe for flawless JAR leadership on VA GM as well as to Karen Young, Kayla Brown and Isabelle Byers for outstanding VA cross cover and to Med Student Claudia Pena for outstanding work on her first clerkship (also from Liz), to Auston Steifer from Dr. Viviana Martinez-Bianchi for providing wonderful culturally competent care to one of her patients who was hospitalized and to Damarcus Ingram from Drs. Vinay Choksi and Neha Kayastha for working with a family on understanding hospice and care goals and to Clare Anderson from Dr. Bruce Peyser for really helping a patient in clinic by making a rare diagnosis!  


Pubmed from the Program

This week’s pubmed from the program goes to Jon Magnus Johannesson for his recent publication in Clinical Infectious Diseases


Johannesson JM, Fridriksdottir RH, Löve TJ, Runarsdottir V, Hansdóttir I, Löve A, Thordardottir M, Hernandez UB, Olafsson S, Gottfredsson M; TraP Hep C group.Clin Infect Dis. 2022 Apr 19:ciac272. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciac272. Online ahead of print.PMID: 35438144


Have a great week!


IM Med Res

Morning Report: September 20-22, 2022 via Zoom
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location
09/20/22 Sinusitis Dr. Viraj M. Patel 7:15 a.m. Zoom
09/21/22 Abdominal Pain Dr. Bruce Peyser 7:15 a.m. Zoom
09/22/22 Skin manifestations of systemic illness Dr. Sarah Wolfe 7:15 a.m. Zoom
Academic Half Day: September , 2022
Thread Topic Lecturer Time Location

Gout & Crystaline Arthritis

Virla hepatitis

Dr. Sophia Weinmann

Dr. Andrew Muir

9:15 a.m.

10:45 a.m.

VA Surgery Conference Room C5010



Pre Op Pulmonar Evaluation

Dr. David Shaz

Dr. David Shaz

9:15 a.m.

10:45 a.m.
Duke North-2003
Noon Conference: September 19-23, 2022
Date Inpatient Topic Lecturer Time  Location Lunch

VAD 101

Dr. Richa Agarwal 12 p.m. DUH 2002 & Zoom Saladelia
09/20/22 LEADS: Managing gram-negative bacteremia: Emerging evidence for oral stepdown, shorter duration, and follow-up blood cultures

Joshua Thaden, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases

12 p.m. DUH 2002 & Zoom Chick-fil-A
09/21/22 Common Procedures Dr. Jenny Van Kirk 12 p.m. DUH 2002 & Zoom

Chubby's Taco

09/22/22 Cohen Conference 

Dr. Jacob Pierce

12 p.m. DUH 2002 & Zoom Itaewon Grill

MGR: Sex differences in AKI outcomes

Jamie R. Privratsky, MD,PhD
Assistant Professor
Division of Critical Care Medicine
Center for Perioperative Organ Protection
Department of Anesthesiology
Duke University Medical Center

Tomokazu Souma, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Division of Nephrology,
Duke University School of Medicine

8 a.m.


DUH 2002 & Zoom

Pipers in the Park
Report Conference Schedule: September 19-22, 2022 
Date Topic Lecturer Time


DUKE SAR Report- held in 2253

MS2 Report

Dr. Chouari w/ Dr. Simel

Dr. Egbonim w/ Dr. Dahhan

Student Teaching

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. O'Toole w/ Dr. Zaas

SAR Equity Report

Dr. Gunn w/ Dr. Horne

Dr. Brown/ Dr. Burt

11 a.m.

1:15 p.m.

1:30 p.m.

2:30 p.m.


DUKE SAR Report- held in 8262

Dr. Shivakumar w/ Dr. Shah

Dr. Wolf 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. Nair

Dr. Durant w/ Dr. Shah

Dr. Albares w/ Dr. Jone

Student Teaching

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.