New internal medicine book club starting Jan. 28

Laura Caputo, MD, medical instructor in the Division of General Internal Medicine, and Alicia Clark, MD, assistant professor of medicine (Hospital Medicine Program) and associate program director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program, invite faculty and trainees to participate in a new book club.

“Our goal is to read and reflect on books addressing issues relevant to the modern physician including medical ethics, gender equality, career development and sustainability,” said Dr. Clark. “We are open to suggestions for the book list and hope that this program will help foster relationships between faculty and house staff.”

The book club’s first meeting is scheduled for Wed, Jan. 28 from 7-9 p.m. in the Duke Medicine Faculty Center (Seeley G. Mudd Building) to discuss Atul Gawande’s latest book, Being Mortal.

Please contact Dr. Clark (alicia.clark@dm.duke.edu) if you plan to attend the Jan. 28 meeting.

 

by · Posted on December 19, 2014 in Faculty Development, Internal Medicine Residency · Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Four selected for AAHPM list of leaders under 40

The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, the largest and most influential palliative care physician membership organization in the US, has released a list of Inspiring Leaders Under 40 for the field.

Eligible candidates were evaluated on the following criteria: involvement in AAHPM, educating others about hospice and palliative medicine, participation in charitable work, mentoring of students or residents, and any special circumstances or professional accomplishments that set them apart.

Four Duke junior faculty were recognized:

Two others who have recently left Duke, Ashlei Lowery and Lynn O’Neill, also made the list.

by · Posted on December 19, 2014 in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, Hematological Malignancies & Cellular Therapy, Medical Oncology · Read full story · Comments { 0 }
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Duke doc helps deliver baby aboard jet over California

Dorothy Sipkins, MD, medical instructor in the Division of Hematological Malignancies and Cellular Therapy, responded to an announcement asking for any medical personnel on the flight, then assisted a woman as she gave birth to a son.

by · Posted on December 17, 2014 in Hematological Malignancies & Cellular Therapy · Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Grand Rounds 12/19/14: Myositis

Medicine Grand Rounds on Fri., Dec. 19 at 8 a.m. in Duke Hospital room 2002 will feature Irene Whitt, MD, assistant professor of medicine (Rheumatology and Immunology).

Dr. Whitt will present Clinical topics in myositis.

Watch from your desk: If you can’t make Medicine Grand Rounds this week, click here to watch a live stream (just enter your Duke Net ID and password.

Note: Because of the holidays, there will be no Medicine Grand Rounds presentations on Dec. 26 or Jan. 2.

by · Posted on December 17, 2014 in Grand Rounds, Rheumatology & Immunology · Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Leadership transition for Nephrology, Coffman to Duke-NUS

Thomas Coffman, MD, will step down from his roles as Senior Vice Chair for Academic Affairs and Chief of the Division of Nephrology to become dean-designate of the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore on January 1, 2015.

“Tom has been an exceptional leader, mentor, investigator and friend to his colleagues in the Division of Nephrology and to so many others across the Department and School of Medicine,” said Mary Klotman, MD, professor of medicine and chair of the Department of Medicine. “His almost 18 years as chief are a legacy of dedication to scientific discovery and support for a team of exceptional nephrologists, educators and researchers.”

Stephen Smith, MD, MHS, professor of medicine, will serve as interim chief of the division. The department will initiate a national search to find a national leader in nephrology.

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by · Posted on December 15, 2014 in Duke-NUS Singapore, Nephrology · Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Pitt receives 2015 Harrington Scholar-Innovator grant

Geoffrey Pitt, MD, PhD, professor of medicine (Cardiology), has been named a 2015 Harrington Scholar-Innovator grant recipient.

The awards, funded by The Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, support the nation’s best physician-scientists and their efforts to accelerate promising drug discoveries into novel treatments for patients.

Dr. Pitt’s project will focus on the development of a novel class of drugs that increase bone mass.

The 11 recipients are awarded up to $700,000 over two years in addition to access to HDI’s Innovation Support Center, where industry experts provide critical commercialization assistance and financial resources to form the discoveries into products.

Nicole Calakos, MD, PhD, associate professor of neurology and neurobiology, also received the Harrington Scholar-Innovator grant, to develop anti-viral medicines to treat movement disorders.

by · Posted on December 9, 2014 in Awards - grants, Cardiology · Read full story · Comments { 0 }

New NIH biosketch format to be required beginning in January 2015

NIH has confirmed that it will require use of a new biosketch format in applications for research grants submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2015.

The revised forms and instructions are now available on the SF 424 (R&R) Forms and Applications page.

The new format extends the page limit from four to five pages, and allows researchers to describe up to five of their most significant contributions to science, along with the historical background that framed their research.

Investigators can outline the central findings of prior work and the influence of those findings on the investigator’s field.

 

by · Posted on December 9, 2014 in Funding · Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Grand Rounds 12/12/14: Severe Sepsis

Medicine Grand Rounds on Fri., Dec. 12 at 8 a.m. in Duke Hospital room 2002 will feature Claude Piantadosi, MD, professor of medicine and interim chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine.

Dr. Piantadosi will present Why is Severe Sepsis So Severe?

Watch from your desk: If you can’t make Medicine Grand Rounds this week, click here to watch a live stream (just enter your Duke Net ID and password.

by · Posted on December 8, 2014 in Grand Rounds, Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care Medicine · Read full story · Comments { 0 }