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Winter 2017 news and updates from BIDMC's Internal Medicine Residency Program.
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Program Update: Winter 2017


Welcome to the latest edition of Alumni News. While life within a residency program follows a somewhat familiar cycle, it is never boring! We recently completed our intern interview season, during which we received over 3,600 applications (a record number) from prospective new interns. During interview season, I always enjoy hearing from many of you as you advocate for students from your medical center. I also love hearing from students about how you, our alumni, have spoken with pride about your experiences as a resident at BIDMC. The resident experience continues to evolve and expand, including for instance, a new Physician-Scientist Track, which is described below.

Many of our residents recently participated in the fellowship match. We are delighted to report that Fellowship Match Day in December once again delivered spectacular news with the vast majority of resident receiving their first choice and 35 of 38 residents matching in one of their top two choices. More details about the match, including a list of their new fellowship programs, are below.

We are exploring new ways to stay in touch with you, including a recently-launched Twitter account for the residency program, described below. As always, we look forward to hearing from you. Please email us with updates about your life and career and reflections on your time as a resident at BIDMC.

Best,
Chris Smith, MD (1999, CMR 2000) - Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Eileen Reynolds, MD - Vice Chair for Education, Medicine
Mark Zeidel, MD - Chair, Medicine

A Successful Fellowship Match


Each year our fellowship programs and residents participate in the National Resident Matching Program. We’re proud to report that our residents did spectacularly: 35 out of 38 residents matching at one of their top two choices and everyone matching within their top three choices. See the list below and, if your institution is included, please let us know if you'd like to reach out and connect with the incoming fellow.

Clearly, these residents are a superb class. That said, we all owe an enormous debt of gratitude to the division chiefs, fellowship program directors, and faculty mentors who have guided our residents and helped them during the match process. We are also indebted to the residents who have gone before—when they have gone to these terrific programs, they have established for our residency a reputation for training outstanding, compassionate physicians.

Not only did our residents match well, but our fellowship programs recruited simply outstanding fellows (many from our own housestaff) for the upcoming year. Again the divisional faculty, fellowship directors, and division chiefs did a great job recruiting, and we look forward to welcoming the new fellows in July.


Allergy: Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)

Cardiology: BIDMC, Boston Medical Center, Mt. Sinai, New York University, University of Washington, University of California-Los Angeles

Endocrinology: MGH

Gastroenterology: BIDMC, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Mt. Sinai, University of Massachusetts, University of Michigan

Geriatrics: Boston Medical Center

Global Health: BIDMC

Hematology/Oncology: BIDMC, University of Texas/MD Anderson, Sloan Kettering

Infectious Disease: BIDMC, MGH

Nephrology: BIDMC

Palliative Care: MGH

Pulmonary/Critical Care: BIDMC, BIDMC/MGH Harvard Combined Program, Northwestern University, New York University, Oregon Health & Science University, University of Arizona, University of California-Los Angeles

Sleep Medicine: BIDMC

A Thriving Department and BIDMC Network


Like the residency program, the Department of Medicine and BIDMC network continue to evolve in exciting ways. Read more about the developments noted below in the new 2016 Department of Medicine Annual Report.
  • The BIDMC system achieved greater inpatient growth than any other network in Massachusetts in 2015 and continued to expand dramatically in 2016, increasing inpatient discharges across its member hospitals and affiliates by 4.7%. Kevin Tabb, MD, continues to oversee the BIDMC system and its partners, and Peter Healy has recently started as President of BIDMC to focus on our Boston hub.
  • The Department of Medicine is proud to have three new division chiefs. Eileen Reynolds, MD, started in December as Chief of the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care, the largest division in the Department, encompassing Healthcare Associates (the primary care practice at BIDMC), hospital medicine, and palliative care. Rob Gerzsten, MD, now leads Cardiovascular Medicine, a division that's growing quickly with the addition of the Critical Direct Care Access Unit and the Smith Center for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research. Manuel Hidalgo, MD, is now Chief of Hematology/Oncology and Clinical Director of the BIDMC Cancer Center, which increasingly works across the BIDMC network to provide community-based care.
  • BIDMC continues to rank as a national leader among independent hospitals in National Institutes of Medicine funding. In fact, this year marked the largest NIH grant ever received by BIDMC: $42 million for HIV research being done by BIDMC's Dan Barouch, MD, and Louis Picker, MD, of Oregon Health & Science University. Overall, the Department of Medicine brought in over $175 million in federal and nonfederal research funding in 2016.
  • In terms of the care we provide and the patient experience, 93% of people seen in a Department of Medicine practice in 2016 say they would definitely recommend BIDMC to friends and family—a higher number than 79% of academic medical centers. And in a survey of our recent patients, BIDMC rated #1 in compassionate care and #1 in patient satisfaction as compared to other hospitals.
This fall, the Residency Program made its Twitter debut with the handle @BIDMC_IM, managed by Chief Medical Resident Jason Moran, MD. Twitter offers the opportunity to reach our residency community (from prospective interns to alumni), our partnering institutions, and even the global medical community – all in an instant. It is a powerful social media platform that can be leveraged to support our BIDMC community and missions. So far, we have gathered over 100 followers and have shared news and updates on Internal Medicine guidelines and practices, BIDMC faculty and housestaff achievements, educational pearls from conferences, and resident wellness events. Over the coming months, we hope to expand our Twitter network and footprint, advancing the triple-aim of the Department of Medicine and BIDMC generally: excellence in clinical care, medical education, and biomedical research. Please join our community and follow us @BIDMC_IM

Not on Twitter? Another option for staying connected to colleagues and fellow alumni is Doximity, a professional networking site for physicians. 

Reflections on a Recent M&M Conference


At a recent Morbidity & Mortality (M&M) Conference, Chief Medical Resident Jazmine Sutton, MD, presented a young woman who came to our hospital desperately ill, with little chance of surviving. She received terrific, compassionate care, has recovered nearly fully, and came to the conference with her family to share her experience of the illness. As is our custom, we had our internship applicants at the conference. Several elements about the conference deserve comment. First, we have a tradition of sharing our M&M with our applicants, showing them directly that we are proud to share what may be viewed as errors (or at least less than optimal care), and our process of learning from these episodes. Second, a remarkable thing happened at the conference: Several of the interns and residents who had cared for this woman asked the patient and her family how they might improve the processes of informing the family about the prognosis, and the care they were delivering. One trainee asked whether he, on the night of admission, had done a good enough job in conveying in a supportive manner to the family both how desperately ill the patient was and what was being done to save her. Another asked about the family’s experience participating on rounds in the ICU. In the midst of what could have been viewed as an appropriately triumphal celebration of a “save,” our trainees felt an urgent need to learn if they could have done a better job in providing care for the patient and her family. Nothing defines our culture of care and continuous improvement better than this episode. I am enormously proud of who we are, and how we are training our housestaff.

Mark Zeidel, MD
Chair, Department of Medicine

The Katherine Swan Ginsburg Program:
Celebrating 25 Years of Humanism in Medicine


The Katherine Swan Ginsburg (KSG) Humanism in Medicine Program embodies our residency’s mission to teach compassionate care, encouraging our housestaff to be reflective in their practice. The program is named for an exemplary member of our housestaff (affectionately known as "Kath"), who passed away from cancer in 1992. That same year, the KSG Housestaff Award was established to celebrate Kath’s life and legacy. The award grew into today’s KSG Program, which provides our residents with a number of opportunities, including multidisciplinary lectures and a fellowship. Each year, the program hosts a Celebration of Humanism in Medicine Week, with events including a dedicated Medical Grand Rounds and a “Music and Musings” session where housestaff and faculty share their creative talents. In 2017, as we mark the 25th anniversary of the program, we are planning a special Celebration of Humanism in Medicine with a focus on the program’s history and growth. The events are open to the public and will take place from May 30th-June 2nd, 2017 at BIDMC. We cordially invite and encourage our residency alumni to attend, in particular those of you who were Kath’s classmates or contemporaries. For more information and to read the KSG newsletter, please visit bidmc.org/KSGprogram.

Housestaff Lend a Helping Hand


Residents in internal medicine have recently launched BIDMCommunity, a subcommittee of the House Officer Council with a focus on community outreach. As their first service event they completed a clothing drive for Youth on Fire, a partner program of the Sidney Borum Jr. Health Center that works with young people ages 14-24. Over 15 bags of gently used clothing were collected for homeless and street-involved youth. During a second BIDMCommunity event, a group of residents (shown here) volunteered at the Greater Boston Food Bank, where they packed over 180 boxes full of food for senior citizens in the community. They made 3,600 meals possible. 
We’re proud to be celebrating major milestones at BIDMC this year: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is celebrating 20 years since the Beth Israel-Deaconess merger; and our two predecessors, the New England Deaconess Hospital and Beth Israel Hospital, were founded 120 and 100 years ago, respectively. Harvard Medical School is also celebrating 75 years since women were first admitted. Celebrations at BIDMC and HMS have marked these important anniversaries. 

Alumni Spotlights

Geoffrey Ginsburg, MD, PhD

Dr. Ginsburg (1987) did his residency at Beth Israel (BI) between a PhD in Biophysics from Boston University and postdoctoral training in cardiovascular medicine at BI and molecular biology at Boston Children’s Hospital. He served on BI’s faculty as Director of Preventive Cardiology and later went on to Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc., where he was Vice President of Molecular and Personalized Medicine.

Today, Dr. Ginsburg is a national leader in genomics and personalized medicine at Duke University, where he is the Director of the Center for Applied Genomics & Precision Medicine; a Professor of Medicine, Pathology, and Biomedical Engineering; a Professor in the School of Nursing; and the Director of MEDx, a partnership between the Schools of Medicine and Engineering. His work spans oncology, infectious diseases, cardiovascular disease, and metabolic disorders, addressing the challenges of translating genomic information into medical practice. Dr. Ginsburg is a founder of the non-profit Personalized Medicine Coalition and a member of the Advisory Council for the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences at NIH. He is Co-Chair of the National Academies Roundtable on Genomic and Precision Health and Co-Chair of the Global Genomic Medicine Collaborative. He was recently appointed to the Advisory Committee to the Director of NIH.

In addition to being an alumnus of our program, Dr. Ginsburg maintains strong ties to the Department through the Katherine Swan Ginsburg Humanism in Medicine Program, which he started to honor the memory of his late wife, whom he met during residency. We are deeply appreciative of the generosity and involvement of Dr. Ginsburg and their family and friends in supporting the program, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Please see the story below about the special celebration.
Lydia Bazzano, MD, PhD

Following residency, Dr. Bazzano (2005) returned to her native New Orleans, where she now serves as Lynda B. and H. Leighton Steward Professor of Epidemiology, and Director of the Center for Lifespan Epidemiology Research at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She is also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Bazzano’s roots at Tulane run deep—it’s also where she received her bachelor’s degree, combined MD/MPH in Epidemiology, and doctoral degree in Epidemiology.
 
At Tulane, Dr. Bazzano is an accomplished educator and mentor, active in teaching medical students in the Tulane University MD/MPH combined degree program, which is the largest in the country. She is a preceptor for internal medicine residents at the Ochsner Primary Care and Wellness Center and serves as Vice Chair of the Institutional Review Board for the Ochsner Health System.
 
Dr. Bazzano is an active researcher with particular interests in clinical epidemiology and randomized control trials to better understand lifestyle factors in major health risks. Recently, her research has focused on diet- and lifestyle-related prevention and etiology of coronary heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and Type 2 diabetes. In 2014, a randomized trial studying low-carbohydrate versus low-fat diets for weight loss brought her work into the national spotlight with articles in The New York Times and an interview on WBUR's NPR radio show, On Point. Dr. Bazzano is also the current Chair of the Bogalusa Heart Study Steering Committee, setting the scientific direction of an ongoing NIH-funded cohort study, which has followed a semi-rural, bi-racial community for over 40 years from childhood to mid-life. 

 
Steven Freedman, MD, PhD

Dr. Freedman (1988) has remained an integral part of the BIDMC community since his residency, first as a Gastroenterology fellow and then as faculty. Currently, he wears a few different leadership hats at BIDMC and Harvard Medical School (HMS): He is Director of the BIDMC Pancreas Center, Chief of the Division of Translational Research, Director of Clinical Research at BIDMC, Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research at HMS, and Director of the Residency Program’s new Physician-Scientist Track (featured in this newsletter).

Dr. Freedman’s clinical and research expertise is in exocrine pancreatic disease, focusing on pancreatitis and cystic fibrosis in adults and children. He is an internationally-recognized leader with an extensive research program that encompasses basic science and clinical trials. His team has also made groundbreaking strides in identifying the site representing visceral pain within the cerebral cortex and is testing a novel interventional therapy. In addition, they have identified an association between cystic fibrosis gene mutations and the development of chronic pancreatitis and Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis. His group is currently testing new therapies for both of these diseases.

Dr. Freedman has developed a major focus on health care delivery reform that addresses structuring the doctor-patient encounter to build informed partnerships leading to sustained improvements in health outcomes.

Learn more about Dr. Freedman in our latest Alumni Spotlight video.

New Physician-Scientist Track


We are pleased to announce that the residency program has officially rolled out a new track for residents interested in careers as physician-scientists. Our residency program has always been supportive of residents with a passion for scientific investigation through mentoring programs and research electives, and we are excited about this new opportunity to provide even more guidance and dedicated research time for housestaff interested in pursuing a career as an MD/PhD.

Under the leadership of Steven Freedman, MD, PhD, Chief of our Division of Translational Research, the track provides the mentoring, career guidance, and opportunities future physician-scientists need in today’s environment. (Read more about Dr. Freedman in this newsletter's "Alumni Spotlight.") Through meeting and workshops, the track aims to improve skills like strategic grant funding, publication best practices, and technical writing. Additionally, it provides the opportunity to work alongside BIDMC faculty members performing cutting-edge research. Residents also receive the highest level of clinical training with the potential for short tracking through the ABIM Research Pathway.

Our faculty members are nationally and internationally renowned for their research. They are members of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and several are fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Most importantly, our acclaimed faculty members are committed to nurturing the research career goals of our residents. Just as education in medical school is a rigorous and defined program, the new Physician-Scientist Track provides a clear and comprehensive path for residents interested in research and clinical care.​ Learn more about the track here.

The regional Society of General Internal Medicine meeting will be March 10, 2017 at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School.  Our own Eileen Reynolds, MD, is the National President. Additionally, the residency program is proud to report that 27 of our own residents have been selected to present an oral presentation, poster, or workshop during the conference. Learn more about the conference or register here.

Where Are They Now?
News and updates from alumni


I appreciate receiving this newsletter. The biggest news I can recall from being chief resident (1 of 2) in 1956–57, was the initiation of electronic pagers for the resident staff and the attending staff. This rapidly relieved a lot of the communication problems. The weekly committee meeting to discuss these communication issues was dissolved immediately. - Sheldon Sheps, MD (1957)

Clearly I would not have been accepted there now. Congratulations on a progressive, sought-after training program. I have only fond memories and owe "the Deac" mightily for whatever success I achieved. - Ken Zeitler, MD (1978)

I enjoyed reading the alumni news today. This past year, I received two awards: 1) 20th annual Alfred G. Knudson Award in Cancer Genetics from the National Cancer Institute. The prestigious award—named for Dr. Knudson, a physician and geneticist who revolutionized the understanding of the genetic basis of cancer—is presented annually to a scientist who has made outstanding research contributions to the field of cancer genetics. 2) The ISSCR Tobias Award Lecture was established in 2015 and is supported by the Tobias Foundation. The award recognizes original and promising basic hematology research as well as direct translational or clinical research related to cell therapy in hematological disorders. - Leonard Zon, MD (1986)

I love reading these updates. Even though I only spent a year at the BI as an internal medicine prelim before going on to my dermatology program, I can't say enough good things about the positive experience I had, the wonderful friends I made, and just how proud I am to have been a part of this program. I'm convinced it's the best in the nation and produces the most compassionate, outstanding physicians. Much love to the BI family. - Elizabeth Geddes, MD (2011)

I left BIDMC for Duke, where I am currently a second year fellow in cardiology. Notably, I have written a book with St Martin’s Press, called Modern Death—How Medicine Changed the End of Life. The book has received great reviews, including from Siddhartha Mukherjee. Already, rights for the books have been sold in North America, the UK, Sweden, South Korea, with others currently in negotiation. The book performs a thorough review of history and medical research to provide a comprehensive view of the changing landscape of the end of life for both physicians and patients. I am hoping to change the narrative surrounding the end of life and have been invited to talk at BIDMC, Emory, Wake Forest, Duke, Yale, Columbia, and Google HQ. Exciting times!
- Haider Warraich, MD (2014)

Email us your news today! medicinealumninews@bidmc.harvard.edu
In Memoriam

We were sad to learn of the passing of these program alumni in 2016. We send our condolences to their families and friends. 

Gregory A. Curt, MD (Deaconess 1980) died on July 31, 2016. Read more.       
Jurgen Fischer, MD (Deaconess 1959) died on Oct. 22, 2016. Read more.     
Owen J. Kealey, MD (Deaconess 1960) died on May 2, 2016. Read more.
Howard S. Richter, MD (Beth Israel 1963) died on May 6, 2016. Read more
Donald H. Singer, MD (Beth Israel 1958) died on May 5, 2016.  Read more.   

If you know of other alumni who have recently passed away, please let us know bu emailing us at medicinealumninews@bidmc.harvard.edu.       
Residency Program Leadership

Program Director
C. Christopher Smith, MD (1999, CMR 2000)

Primary Care Program Director
Kelly Graham, MD, MPH (2010, CMR 2011)

Education Manager
Ruth Colman

Vice Chair for Education
Eileen Reynolds, MD


Associate Program Directors

Jon Crocker, MD
Grace Huang, MD (2002)
Jake McSparron, MD
Ken Mukamal, MD, MPH
Ben Schlechter, MD (2011, CMR 2013)
Anjala Tess, MD (2000)
Christina Wee, MD, MPH
Anita Vanka, MD (2008, CMR 2009)
Julius Yang, MD, PhD (2000, CMR 2001)
 
 






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