Vital Signs
Annemarie Thompson, MD

Dr. Annemarie Thompson
Residency Program Director

January 3, 2018

Hi everyone!

It has been a while since the last newsletter, but our department has been busy! Interview season is behind us, and a big thank you to all the faculty, residents, and staff that made it possible and –dare I say? — fun. The late fall ushered in holiday parties, reunions with friends, cozy nights by the fire, and hopefully a mini-break for many of you over the holidays. I’d like to think things have slowed down in the education office, but they seem busier than ever as we prepare for fellowship applications and interviews for our CA2s in the spring (those letters don’t write themselves) as well as the spring meetings just around the corner.

One of our resident QI teams has created a mechanism to remind all of us (trainees and faculty alike) that feedback is vital for professional growth and development. We will be instituting Feedback Fridays to encourage residents and faculty to take a few minutes during the workday to give and receive real-time feedback in the clinical environment. This can be challenging for even the most experienced teachers, so I’ve attached a link to a literature review on the topic to give everyone some ideas about how to give feedback: Drs. Jeff Taekman and Ankeet Udani have a tremendous amount of experience in this field, so please use our local experts as resources also.

Here are a few upcoming dates to keep in mind:

Saturday, February 17:  The In-training Exam. Coverage arrangements are being made, but attendings please plan to have all residents relieved by 6pm on Friday to allow time for rest/carb-loading/Netflix binge-watching/pencil sharpening prior to the exam. Residents will return to their normal duties after the exam, although a post-exam celebratory event is probably in the works.

Friday, March 16:  Match Day!! The day all interns breathe a sigh of relief that replacements will arrive.

There will be more, but for now, Happy 2018!


Angela Xiaowei Li, MD

Presented at the 2017 ASA

Pericardial Stripping for Constrictive Cardiomyopathy Due to Cardiac Asbestosis

Angela Xiaowei Li, MD, Dinesh J. Kurian, MD, Srikar Rao, MD, Miklos D. Kertai, MD

Abstract: A 50-year-old female presented with uncontrolled hypertension, anasarca and right upper quadrant abdominal pain for 3 weeks was found to have a 15 cm left adrenal pheochromocytoma with extension into the inferior vena cava and right atrium causing Budd-Chiari syndrome. Under transesophageal echocardiography guidance, she underwent successful and complete surgical resection of the tumor using a combined abdominal and transcardiac approach. The patient was discharged on POD23 on supplemental steroids for adrenal insufficiency. This case highlights the anesthetic management and considerations of a rare clinical syndrome with unique cardiac involvement associated with high morbidity and mortality.

Drs. Jack Gamble and Angela Pollak

CENTRAL LINE :: 1/1/2018 – 1/7/2018

Weekend Days
This weekend (1/6 – 1/7): Johnbull, Lamb
Next weekend (1/13 – 1/15): Gamble, Horres

Night Float
This week (12/30 – 1/4): ***please refer to holiday schedule***
Next week (1/6 – 1/11): VanHoomissen, LaColla

Friday Night
This Friday (1/5): Pollak, Brown
Next Friday (1/12): Pollak, McManigle

Liver Call Weekend (pager: 970-7320)
This weekend (1/6 – 1/7): Pleticha
Next weekend (1/13 – 1/15): Castro

Liver Call Weekday (pager: 970-7320)
Liver day (Tues AM 1/1 – Fri PM 1/5): ): ***please refer to holiday schedule***
Liver night (Tues PM 1/2 – Fri AM 1/5): Pollak

OB Weekend
Saturday 1/6 AM: Mangubat
Saturday 1/6 PM: J. Anderson
Sunday 1/7 AM: Cotter

Saturday 1/13 AM: Hall
Saturday 1/13 PM: Cotter
Sunday 1/14 AM: Wong

ASC Fridays
This Friday (1/5): Brown
Next Friday (1/12): Lamb

Simulator (4-6pm—page charge CRNA *7853 to ask for relief at 3:45pm)
*These are mandatory sessions*
1/8/18: Andrews, Bangura, Hall, Castro
1/16/18: Chen, Cotter, Devinney, Pleticha

Functional Pagers
CA3 on call pager (970-9313) is covered by CA3 on general OR call.
Liver call pager (970-7320) is always covered.
PACU CA3 pager (970-5325)

Please let me know if any errors/omissions!

Please stop by during the office hours listed below. Or, please feel free to contact any of our leadership to schedule a meeting outside of standard office hours.

Dr. Annemarie Thompson (Program Director): January 11th 1 – 2 p.m. in HAFS office

Dr. Brian Colin and Dr. Ankeet Udani (Assistant Program Directors): Per request.

Jessica Burkhart (Senior Program Coordinator): Monday – Friday, 8 – 4 p.m. in HAFS office

Shelby Schultz (Junior Program Coordinator): Monday – Friday, 8 – 4 p.m. in HAFS office

Duke Health wants to showcase our residents online! Please contact Jennifer Schwabel and Jessica Burkhart if you’re interested in creating a video for your physician profile page! Check out Dr. Thomas Buchheit’s profile video for a great example.

Wellness Opportunities
Want to talk with someone?

Personal Assistance Service (PAS) is the faculty/employee assistance program of Duke University that is FREE. The staff of licensed professionals offers assessment, short-term counseling, and referrals to help resolve a range of personal, work, and family problems. PAS services are available at no 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. Four premium time appointment slots are being offered each week for GME trainees only. Two appointments are at 7 am (Tuesdays and Fridays), and two appointments are at 5 pm (Mondays and Wednesdays), each week.

24 x 7 behavioral health support for GME trainees, including urgent support for those experiencing

behavioral health crises during nights and weekends: During normal business hours, and for non‐urgent behavioral health care needs, PAS (919‐416‐1727), Duke Psychiatry (919‐684‐0100) or Employee Health (919‐684‐3136) are resources to access timely behavioral health care.

This Week in Lectures

CA 1 (1/2)  Malignant Hyperthermia with  Cory Maxwell, MD

CA 2/3 (1/3)  Perioperative management of beta blockers and statins with Richard Moon, MD, CM, MSc, FRCP(C), FACP, FCCP

Thursday (1/4)  NO LECTURE

Next Week in Lectures

CA 1 (1/9)  NO LECTURE – Subject to change

CA 2/3 (1/10)  Pacemaker Management (and a little about ICDs) with Nitin Mehdiratta, MD

Thursday (1/11)  Receiving Feedback Well | Leadership Series with  Karen Frush, MD, and Erin Eckert, MPA

To view the complete list of job postings, visit the Box Account. Email Shelby or Jessica to get added!

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