Internal Medicine Residency News, Sept. 18, 2017

Monday, September 18, 2017

From the Director

Hi Everyone!

Happy fall! Turkey bowl practices are continuing to go well, many thanks to Tara Holder and Sipa Yankey for continuing to encourage the weekend warriors!  This week we also have a visiting professor from Vanderbilt for Grand Rounds, invited by 2016-17 DVAMC Chief Adam Banks! Looking forward to seeing you there.

ERAS opened for medical students on Sept. 15th! Interns, hard to believe it was just a year ago that you were clicking “submit” on that application! Get ready for the signups for interview tours, interview dinners, “My Take” and more! We are looking forward to the recruitment kickoff/fall-fest at our home on Oct. 13th!


Kudos this week go to Tanya Aylward for a fantastic SAR talk, and to Casey Sullivan for an equally awesome Chair’s conference.  More kudos to Mike Grant from Matt Tucker for coming in on a day off to check on a patient who had gone to surgery, to Claudia Leung from Suchita Sata for great post-discharge care of her patients, and to Tamara Saint-Surin from Bill Hargett for great work on Gen Med.

PubMed from the Program

This week’s pubmed from the program goes to Tsion Aberra for her recent article in JAMA Cardiology. JAMA Cardiol. 2017 May 31. doi: 10.1001/jamacardio.2017.1213. Association Between Skin and Aortic Vascular Inflammation in Patients With Psoriasis: A Case-Cohort Study Using Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography. Dey AK1, Joshi AA1, Chaturvedi A1, Lerman JB1, Aberra TM1, Rodante JA1, Teague HL1, Harrington CL1, Rivers JP1, Chung JH1, Kabbany MT1, Natarajan B2, Silverman JI1, Ng Q1, Sanda GE1, Sorokin AV1, Baumer Y1, Gerson E3, Prussick RB4, Ehrlich A4, Green LJ4, Lockshin BN5, Ahlman MA6, Playford MP1, Gelfand JM7, Mehta NN1.

Have a great week!


Clinic Corner: PRIME

Contributed by Sonal Patel

Hi everyone,

Thank you to everyone for helping with coverage for interviews.  A busy interview season is underway so we appreciate everyone’s flexibilities with coverage and schedules.    

We wanted to let you know there are some changes in PRIME clinic staffing. 

Medenna Carr has been switched to 1F clinic and her team’s VEC will be Sheldon Eberhardt.  Anthony McCrea has also moved to 1F and his team’s VEC will now be Paul Granchukoff. Gina Melvin is another VEC joining the PRIME staff.  We welcome our new VECs as we say farewell and thanks to those departing.

  • PACT team 1- Sheldon Eberhardt
  • PACT team 2- Paul Granchukoff
  • PACT team 3- Latasha Alston (no change)

As a reminder to residents, please use your color coded grid which shows your frames of clinic availability and use that to enter a date for your RTC order.  Please be sure your visit note reflects the same timeframe that your RTC order states as discrepancies are confusing to the staff.

Remember to send out results letters to patients within 14 days for normal results; if results are abnormal and require action, please send a letter sooner and ask the nurse to review the letter by phone with the patient.

We have been working with the Duke GME office about getting people approved in the NC Controlled Substances Database.  Hopefully this will happen soon; it’s in the state’s hands at this point by our understanding.

Hopefully you each have gotten your remote access to work; if not, please try to get it rolling and contact the National Service Desk 855-673-4357 option 3 if you have problems. If that still fails, contact Karen Higgins for further trouble-shooting.


Sonal and Leigh

From the Chief Residents

Morning Report and MGR: Sept. 18-22, 2017
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location


Coral Giovacchini

7:15 a.m. DUH 8252

Case Presentation

David Sterken to David Butterly

7:15 a.m.

DUH 8252



Ken Lyles

7:15 a.m. DUH 8252

Pre-op Medicine

Katherine Neal and Elizabeth Hankollari

7:15 a.m. DUH 8252

Medicine Grand Rounds: Circuitous Paths in Academic Medicine: My Journey and New Paradigms

John McPherson, MD

8:00 a.m. DN 2002


Noon Conference: Sept. 18-22, 2017
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location Lunch

MKSAP Heme/Onc

Jason Zhu

12:15 p.m.

DUH 2002 Domino's

A Tale of Two Cities? The History of Duke Health and Durham's Health

Jeff Baker

12 p.m. DUH 2002

Jason's Deli


Duke Life Flight Memorial Service


1 p.m.

Duke Chapel


Hepatitis C

Susanna Naggie

12:15 p.m. 

DUH 2001


Chair's Conference 

Chidi Egwim

12:15 p.m.

DUH 2002

Duke Gen Med Conference Schedule: Sept. 18-22, 2017
Date Topic Lecturer Time

Case Presentation

Night Sign-outs

Ankeet Bhatt to Bill Hargett

Joseph Rogers

1 p.m.

8 p.m.


Case Presentation

Subspecialty Intern Report

Megan Gillum to Joe Govert 

Matthew Sparks

1 p.m.

3 p.m.


Case Presentation

Intern Report

Ali Saadi to Dave D'Alessio

Diana Mosquera to Tom Holland

1 p.m.

3 p.m.


Radiology Rounds 

Intern Report: Rheumatoid Arthritis


Lisa Criscione-Schreiber 

1 p.m.

3 p.m.


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. 24 - ResCo BBQ

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

  • Oct. 1-31 - Doctoberfest!

  • Oct. 2 - Duke Internal Medicine Book Club

  • Oct. 13 - Recruitment Kickoff