Internal Medicine Residency News, Nov. 6, 2017

Monday, November 6, 2017

From the Director

We are well into the interview season! Crazy how fast time is flying. I hear that the Turkey Bowl practices are taking on new levels of seriousness, and we are psyched to be entering this part of the year.

Many thanks to those who “took one for the team” and were on call or nights during the Fall Back Daylight Savings Time change! It is now your badge of honor to let people know that you got to spend that extra hour here!


Kudos this week to Anmol Singh from Joe Lerman for spending several extra hours of her time advocating to an insurance company for her patient to get a lifesaving medication, to Chris Ferreri from Duke prelim alum and current neuro resident Maggie Kilgore for his outstanding care and compassion on the neurology service, to Emily Kinsey from Dinushika for her dedication to the many learners at DRH, for her fantastic reviews and innovative physical exam teaching strategies, and for creating some great new cases for Ambulatory report. Emily is always, as we know, someone who can be counted on to handle business and rise to my occasion. Ashley Spann, our night 9100 resident, adds her kudos to the entire 9100 team of interns - Diana Mosquera (for being such a champ on nights and taking great care of some pretty sick overnight admissions), Anmol Singh (for taking the extra time to ensure a patient got the medication he needed on a late weekend day before discharge), and Joe Lerman and Jessica Regan for being generally awesome team players!  Kudos to Mimi Xu for stepping in to be a great colleague to co-intern Melodi Whitley – Mimi came in early to get Melodi home so she could take her son trick-or-treating! Thank you Mimi for representing what is our amazing #dukefamily.

Additional kudos to Filley Howe for her fantastic chair’s conference for applicants, and to Mike Noujiam, Kent Feng and Megan Dupuis for “My Take” and to our tour guides as well.  And thanks to everyone who chatted with the applicants at lunch! Lots more opportunities this week to meet the future Duke residents!

Reminders to the SARs who are applying for fellowships to contact me if you have questions or need to follow up, and to be sure you are registered for the NRMP!

PubMed from the Program

This week’s pubmed from the program goes to Wynn Hunter for his recent editorial in Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Heart Failure with mentor Svati Shah! "Realizing the Potential of Metabolomics in Heart Failure: Signposts on the Path to Clinical Utility."

Have a great week!



Clinic Corner: DOC

Contributed by Lynn Bowlby

Hi all!

Town Hall on Thursday Noon conference! Bring your questions, concerns, suggestions..anything! 12:15-1 p.m., we will even give you all lunch! Ha!

New at the DOC-but come Thursday to hear more.

  1. Valerie Keck, NP, joins us Wed, with experience at a large clinic in Greensboro! She will join HIDOC  with Laurie, for more onsite medical care for our patients!
  2. Physical Therapy now 3 sessions/week, Mon PM and Tues/ Thurs AM. Misty and Marissa will see pts same day or ok to double book patients in.
  3. 2 Med Psych attendings, Jake Feigal is with us a few sessions /week, and will see psych pts like Greg Brown will.
  4. Late patients—we are trying to see all late patients, esp those less than 40 min late. You may not see your patient who is late, but we will figure out someone who will!
  5. Remember how to find the meds we have on site at the DOC? I had forgotten my self. See the tips attached from Holly!

Thanks for all you do for our patients at the DOC!

And see you Thursday!

Lynn and team!

From the Chief Residents

Morning Report and MGR: Nov. 6-10, 2017
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location

LFT Abnormalities Cases

Steve Choi

7:15 a.m. DUH 8262

Depression and Anxiety for the PCP

Paul Riordan

7:15 a.m.

Pickett Road Clinic


Case Presentation

Christopher Pumill to Kenneth Lyles

7:15 a.m. DUH 8252

Pulmonary Hypertension

Talal Dahan

7:15 a.m. DUH 8252

Medicine Grand Rounds: Can Financial Engineering Cure Cancer?

Roger Stein, PhD

8:00 a.m. Great Hall, Trent Semans


Noon Conference: Nov. 6-10, 2017
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location Lunch

Medicine Interviews


12:15 p.m.

DUH 8252 Parker and Otis


Jason Stout

12:15 p.m. DUH 2002



Medicine-Pediatrics Interviews


12:15 p.m.

DUH 2002

Parker and Otis

All Ambulatory Town Hall: DOC in DUH 2002, PRIME DUH 8252, Pickett DUH 8262


12:15 p.m. 



Chair's Conference

Claire Smith with interviewees

11:30 a.m.

DUH 2002

Bull Street
Duke Gen Med Conference Schedule: Nov. 6-9, 2017
Date Topic Lecturer Time

Resident Report - Case Report with Interviewees


Megan Dupuis

Joseph Rogers

1 p.m.

6:30 p.m.


Resident Report

Joe Govert

1:15 p.m.


Resident Report - Room 8262

Intern Report

Aimee Zaas

Joseph Rogers

1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.


Resident Report

Intern Report - hyponatremia management

Jon Bae

Dr. Black

1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.

From the Residency Office

Survey on Coaching Program

Hello Interns! Please be on the lookout later today for a survey from RedCap about the Coaching Program. Once completed, you will be entered in a drawing to win local food/drink gift cards. Also, if you haven’t yet been able to connect with your coach, or just want to know a little more about the Coaching Program, click to hear from the founder of the program at Massachusetts General Hospital! As always, please send any questions to or

Check out The Scope (submitted by Jason Zhu)

The Scope is a weekly newsletter that goes out on Fridays and summarizes the best evidence-based medical research from the week in a few fun and easy-to-read sentences. You can check out this weeks email below and people can sign up, see prior issues, and learn more about it at

2018 Duke Health Annual Quality and Safety Call for Abstracts

All interested Duke Health and Duke affiliated health care professionals, including GME trainees and Duke Health professions students, are invited tosubmit projects for the poster session. 

The deadline for all abstract submissions is Mon., Nov. 27, 2017 by 5 p.m.

Abstracts may be submitted at this link: 2018qualityconferenceabstractsubmissionsite

For any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to Jonathan Bae, Cindy Gordon, or Margaret Sturdivant.

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

  • Nov. 8 - IM Patient Safety and Quality Council

  • Nov. 23 - Turkey Bowl!

  • Dec. 9 - Department of Medicine Holiday Party