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Duke Heart Pulse — October 22, 2023

Chief’s message:

We hope you all had some time with family and friends this weekend.  We are nearing the end of the recruitment season for our cardiology fellows and are reminded of the fall season upon us.  This week we also have several of those in our group dealing with either family or individual illnesses, please keep them in your thoughts.

Highlights of the week:

Duke Heart Network Update

Laurie Van Camp, RN, MSN, associate clinical director of the Duke Heart Network (DHN), recently guided three nursing teams through submitting abstracts to the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Quality Summit. All three abstracts were accepted for ePoster session. Thanks to a Duke Friends of Nursing Stipend Award, Van Camp was able to travel to Orlando and represented the Frye Regional Medical Center team at their ePoster. 

Within her DHN role, Van Camp is responsible for working with Duke Heart affiliate hospitals on cardiovascular quality, program development, and educational initiatives. Over the last 18 months, she has guided three performance teams at three separate hospital affiliates through important performance improvement (PI) work. These efforts have led to significant improvement in patient outcomes in the areas of cardiac rehabilitation after myocardial infarction and the rate of post-procedural acute kidney injury. 

The accepted abstracts were:

Mission to Reduce Contrast-Induced Acute Kidney Injury in Cardiac Patients” by the team at Sovah-Martinsville.

When Humans and Technology Collide: Improving Cardiac Rehabilitation Referral” by the team at Conway Medical Center.

Challenging the Norm: A Multidisciplinary Journey to Reduce Acute Kidney Injury” by the team at Frye Regional Medical Center.

We’re happy to report that for the individuals on the affiliate PI teams, the ACC abstract development, submission process, and poster creation have helped foster an important sense of pride, professionalism, and ownership of the CV-quality work they are engaged in daily within their respective institutions.

Well done, Laurie & Duke Heart Network!


Ohman Receives Honorary Fellowship to ICS

Congratulations to Magnus Ohman! He has been named an honorary fellow of the Irish Cardiac Society. The honor was awarded last week during the Irish Cardiac Society’s 74th Annual Scientific Meeting & AGM, held October 12-14 at the Killashee House Hotel in Kildare. 

The ICS, which was established in 1949, awards honorary fellowship (FICS) in recognition of an honoree’s dedication to the training of physicians and cardiologists. He joins prior notables to receive the honor, including Jim Crowley (former President of the Irish Cardiac Society); Conor O’Shea; Peter Conlon, and Robert Kelly.

Magnus says the opportunity allowed him to catch up with former co-worker Professor Hannah McGee, (who also received the honorary FICS) currently the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland – Ohman’s alma mater. He and McGee worked together on the first Cardiac Rehabilitation program in Ireland.

He is shown here with Dr. Jim Crowley, and again with Hannah McGee (left) and Barbra Dalton, the permanent secretary of the Irish Cardiac Society (and a fellow RCSI graduate).

Well-deserved, Magnus!


PWIM + WIN: Promotion Pathways Symposium

The Duke DOM’s Program for Women in Internal Medicine (PWIM) joins Duke Neurology’s Women in Neurology (WIN) for a special joint symposium to discuss and reflect on the promotion pathways for women faculty and faculty of color at Duke. This event will occur on Monday, October 23, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Trent Semans Center.

The symposium will feature a panel discussion representing division chiefs and promotion and tenure committee members, including:

  • Manesh Patel, MD, Chief, Cardiology
  • Loretta Que, MD, Chief, Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care Medicine
  • Karen Welty-Wolf, MD, Medicine APT Committee
  • Mitch Heflin, MD, Medicine APT Committee
  • Janice Massey, MD, Neurology APT Committee
  • Lisa Hobson-Webb, MD, Neurology APT Committee

All faculty and trainees are encouraged to attend, as well as division promotion and tenure administrative staff across the department. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served.

If you have questions or need additional information, please email Daniella Zipkin.


DOM Research Retreat for Fellows & Early Career Faculty

The annual Department of Medicine (DOM) Research Retreat for Fellows and Early Career Faculty will occur on Wednesday, November 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the J.B. Duke Hotel, Banquet Hall.

This event is targeted towards research-oriented fellows and early career faculty.

Attendees will:

  • Learn about DOM research resources, including grant submission support with DOMRA and clinical research support with DOM CRU.
  • Hear from diverse research faculty, who will share their experiences developing a research focus, finding mentors, and successfully navigating a K grant submission.
  • Network with other researchers, including fellows, faculty, and leaders across DOM.
  • Connect with colleagues while enjoying dinner.

The retreat is an excellent opportunity for you to connect, learn more about our strategic research plan and how to thrive as a member of the DOM research community.

For questions regarding the research retreat, contact Saini Pillai, MBA. (Registration deadline has passed, but there may still be room).


Open Enrollment 2024 Closes Friday

Open enrollment is underway through 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27. The annual enrollment period for medical, dental, vision, and reimbursement accounts is the time to review and make benefit selections to ensure you have the coverage you want that is appropriate for you.

Participation in the Health Care and/or Dependent Care Reimbursement accounts does not auto-renew. You must enroll each year to participate. Your current selections for 2023 will, however, continue into 2024 unless you make changes to your coverage.

There are two ways to make changes for 2024:

  • Log on to the Duke@Work self-service website, go to the MyInfo page and click on the “Open Enrollment” link under My Benefits heading
  • Call a representative at 919-684-5600, Option 1

After submitting your enrollment selections, be sure to print and review your confirmation statement that will be sent to your Duke email account.

If you need assistance or have questions, contact the Duke Open Enrollment Service Center at 919-684-5600, Option 1. Representatives are available weekdays from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. from Oct. 16 – Oct. 27 and from 10 a.m.– 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21.


Flu Vaccinations!

Duke Health requires all employees to be vaccinated by 10 a.m. on Nov. 7 – coming up quickly. If you need a medical/religious exemption, the application deadline is Tuesday.

Duke offers free flu vaccinations in a variety of convenient locations. Don’t forget to fill out the screening survey within 48 hours of going to get the vaccine at Duke. It’s required.

A list of locations, dates, and times for flu vaccination and a link to the required screening survey can be found on Duke’s Fight the Flu website. And, if you have any questions about the flu vaccine you can email either StopTheFlu@duke.edu or EOHWflu@dm.duke.edu.

Don’t forget — masking is highly recommended when providing clinical care. Some units now require masking due to COVID outbreaks — including all Heart Center inpatient and procedural units. Please pay attention to signage on our units and elsewhere within the hospital.


Upcoming Events & Opportunities

  • Tomorrow is the start of National Respiratory Care Week (Oct.23-29). Thank an RT! #RCWeek23
  • October is Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month as well as National Pharmacists Month.
  • Masking is strongly recommended throughout all clinical areas during respiratory virus season, from now through early March.


Cardiology Grand Rounds

Oct. 24: Rapid Sequence or Simultaneous Initiation of GDMT for HFrEF:  Optimizing Therapy with a Need for Speed with Stephen Greene. 5 p.m. DN 2002 or via Zoom.

CD Fellows Core Curriculum Conference

Oct. 25: DHP Case Presentation with Husam Salah. In-person only. Noon, DMP 2W96.

Oct. 27: Grief Debrief with Tony Galanos. In-person only. Noon, DMP 2W96.


Save the Date2023 Barbara Hertzberg Women’s Health Lectureship

Nov. 16: Coronary Artery Disease in Women: Where are we in 2023? with Leslee J. Shaw, Ph.D., of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai. 7:30 a.m., DN 2002 or via Zoom. This is a Radiology Grand Rounds event.


Call for Applications: 2024 Leadership Programs

The Office for Faculty announced this week the call for applications for their 2024 Leadership Programs, including ADVANCE-UP, ALICE, DCLP, and LEADER. Click here to learn more. Applications are due Nov. 3.


DIHI Innovation RFA 2024

The Duke Institute for Health Innovation (DIHI) has announced its next annual Request for Application (RFA) for selecting and implementing innovative solutions in our clinical enterprise. The proposals should address actual and important problems encountered by care providers, patients, and their loved ones, and represent urgent health challenges nationally.

For the 2024 funding cycle, they are specifically interested in the following topics: 

Generative AI & Large Language Models: AI solutions to improve staff and clinician efficiency, patient journey, and outcomes

Please visit the Innovation RFA web page for additional information, to download an info packet, and to see the timeline for 2024 projects. The deadline for submitting applications is November 3, 2023.

All proposals are required to have a DUHS operational lead as a co-sponsor to be accepted for review.

If the DIHI team can be of any assistance to you in the formulation of ideas or connections, please contact Suresh Balu. The DIHI team looks forward to your innovative solutions!


Coming Up: 15th Annual Pulmonary Hypertension Symposium

The 15th annual NC Research Triangle Pulmonary Hypertension Symposium will be held on Friday, November 17th at the Durham Convention Center. Faculty directors will be H. James Ford, MD, director of the PH program at UNC, and Terry Fortin, MD, co-director of the Pulmonary Vascular Disease Center at Duke. Registration is now open: https://duke.is/9/7rs5. Please join us!


Have news to share?

If you have news to share with the Pulse readership, please contact Tracey Koepke, director of communications for Duke Heart Services, at tracey.koepke@duke.edu. We would love to hear about your latest accomplishments, professional news, cool happenings, and any events or opportunities that may be of interest to our Duke Heart family. Please call with any questions: 919-681-2868. Feedback on Pulse is welcome and encouraged. Submissions by Noon, on Wednesdays, will be considered for weekend inclusion.


Duke Heart in the News:

October 13 — Robert Mentz


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October 13 — Tom Povsic

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Thomas Povsic, MD, PhD, on Ongoing Research With XC001 Angina Gene Therapy


October 16 — William Kraus


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October 17 — Wuwei Feng


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October 18 — Duke University Hospital

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