Bassett resident earns research award

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COOPERS TOWN — Dr. Konika Sharma, an internal medicine resident in her third year of training at Bassett Medical Center, earned the 2019 E. Donnall Thomas Research Day Outstanding Research Presentation award, the Bassett Healthcare Network announced.

The E. Donnall Thomas award is given annually to a Bassett trainee who has conducted exceptional research while at Bassett Medical Center during residency.

Sharma addressed the question: “Is a hand-held non-mydriatic [no dilation required] fundus camera superior to the referred dilated eye exams for the screening and detection of diabetic retinopathy in the primary care setting?”

“The aim is to compare the detection of diabetic retinopathy using the RetinaVue camera when the patient comes for a primary care annual health care maintenance visit to a traditional referral-basis dilated eye exam,” Sharma says. “The long-term goal is to improve the detection of diabetic retinopathy, a leading cause of vision loss in adults, in our community through better quality measures of patient compliance and screening in the primary care clinics.”

The award is named in honor of E. Donnall Thomas, who served as Bassett’s physician-in-chief from 1955 to 1963. He was awarded the 1990 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his pioneering work in bone marrow transplantation, which he began at Bassett.

Thomas performed the world’s first human bone marrow transplant at Bassett in 1956.

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