Palliative Care News

Duke Palliative Care Global Health - KCMC Palliative Care Intensive

It's a rare opportunity to be reminded of how fortunate we are and to appreciate all of the health care resources that we take for granted. I was granted that opportunity in December, spending a week working with the palliative care program at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC) in Moshi, Tanzania. One of the top hospitals in the country, KCMC recently celebrated its 50th anniversary and serves as a thriving academic medical center and primary referral hospital in the Kilimanjaro region.

Recap: First Annual Proud To Be GIM Celebration

The division of General Internal Medicine held their first annual Proud To Be GIM Celebration on Thursday, October 26, at the GIM offices in downtown Durham. This was our first in-person division-wide event held since the pandemic.

The Patient Perspective: Goals of Care Conversations Make a World of Difference

Phil and Margaret Hinesley loved life passionately. Married for 53 years, the Pinehurst, North Carolina couple were known for their community involvement and they shared many interests. But life changed for the Hinesleys in 2019 when Phil died and Margaret was diagnosed with vascular dementia. The paths each took over the course of their illnesses could not have been more divergent.

Mother-Daughter Doctors Navigate Cancer Journey Together with Goal Concordant Care

Dr. Shanaz Mian knew something was wrong before she diagnosed herself with ovarian cancer in May 2021. From her own training and decades of work as an obstetrician and gynecologist in her native Pakistan, she also understood what the diagnosis meant in terms of the many major health care decisions that lay ahead for her and her family. 

Meet the New Chief Residents

The beginning of each new academic year is exciting and unique in its own way. One of the highlights for the Department of Medicine is welcoming our new Chief Residents as they assume their roles.  This year is no exception with a talented, new team of emerging leaders that includes Ann Cameron Barr, MD, Michael Cosiano, MD, Courtney Dominguez, MD, and Nathan Hirshman, MD.  Learn more about them in our special Meet the New Chiefs Spotlight.   

Faculty Development Update: Prioritizing Faculty Support

Duke Department of Medicine Faculty:

I have spent the last three months cultivating a vision for faculty development by listening to faculty  across our department. As a member of the Faculty Development Academy (FDA) in 2011, I understand the importance of initiatives that provide support for faculty to be successful.

Onboarding for New Fellows Includes Stepping In 4-Respect Workshop

The Department of Medicine’s (DOM) commitment to fostering an inclusive community of trainees, faculty and staff begins for incoming fellows during their first weeks on campus. On Monday, July 3, more than 50 fellows attended the interactive Stepping In 4-Respect workshop.

Continuing Medical Education: A Pathway to Collaboration and Inspiration

The Duke Department of Medicine (DOM) has long been at the forefront of advancing medical knowledge and fostering collaboration through its Continuing Medical Education (CME) efforts. With a focus on two pivotal programs— Medicine Grand Rounds (MGR) and the Learning Education and Discussion Series (LEADS) —the department not only ensures the maintenance of professional licenses but also cultivates an environment of shared learning, innovation, and inspiration. 

MGR: A Legacy of Innovation 

Duke Reaches Halfway Mark for Goals-of-Care Conversations with Seriously Ill Patients

More than 10,000 Duke patients die each year. Ideally, all of those patients should have the opportunity to discuss their goals in the last six months of life, a target that Duke University Health System and palliative care leaders set in 2021 as part of the Goal Concordant Care Initiative. Eighteen months later, the system is well on the way toward meeting target, and more than half of all Duke Health patients have a goals-of-care conversation documented in the last six months. It’s a win-win—for patients and providers.  

2023-2024 SEEDS Scholarly Projects Announced

A highlight of the SEEDS program each year is the projects that are selected for publication or presentation. The Department of Medicine is proud to announce our 2023-2024 project winners, Drs. Willard Applefeld, Ann Cameron Barr, Dan Loriaux, Emily Sanders, Ilia Shadrin, and Rachel V. White.  These projects offer innovative measures that will further strengthen our curriculum.  

Transformational Leader Quinn Capers, MD, to Deliver June 16 Greenfield Lecture

Academic medicine transformation leader Quinn Capers, IV, MD, the Rody P. Cox Professor of Internal Medicine (Cardiology) and associate dean for faculty diversity at the University of Texas Southwest School of Medicine, will deliver the June 16 Greenfield lecture with a talk entitled “Diversifying the Physician Workforce – Why We Can’t Wait.” 

The event will be held in person only beginning at 8 a.m. in Duke North, 2002. Breakfast will be served outside of the room starting at 7:45am. 

GIM Division Update with Interim Chief Dr. William Yancy

By William Yancy, MD

Interim Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine

The Division of General Internal Medicine at Duke strives to improve adult patient, family, community, and population health through exemplary patient care, education, and research. Perhaps most importantly, we have maintained core values of excellence, integrity, kindness, and commitment to health and health equity for our patients and our communities.