• Dr. Konika Sharma Receives E. Donnall Thomas Award for Outstanding Research at Bassett

    Bassett Medical Center

    June 3, 2019

    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. 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 hypothesis behind our study is, in type II diabetic patients without documented retinal pathology, a hand-held non-mydriatic fundus camera is superior to referred dilated eye exams for screening and detection of diabetic retinopathy,” says Sharma. “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. 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.”

    Sharma worked on the study project with her preceptor Dr. James Dalton, director of Medical Education at Bassett Medical Center. She earned her medical degree from Acharya Shri Chander College, India. After completing her residency at Bassett in June she will begin a clinical nutrition fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
    The E. Donnall Thomas award is given annually to a Bassett trainee who has conducted exceptional research while at Bassett Medical Center during residency. 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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