LifeLong Residents Win 2nd Place at Natl. Competition

LifeLong Family Medicine Residents Dr. Justin Chin and Dr. Basilia Gonzalez have won second place in a research poster presentation competition at the American College of Osteopathic Family Physician’s National Conference in Orlando, Florida. 

Their research was entitled “Quality improvement in diabetic retinopathy screening during the COVID-19 pandemic: Bridging the gap with tele-ophthalmology” and was the culminative effort of three years of Quality Improvement work at the residents’ program. 

The project examined a method for early detection for diabetic retinopathy, a condition that puts people with diabetes at risk for blindness. Drs. Gonzalez and Chin’s project looked at early detection using a camera that connects to an iPhone. The project, in conjunction with the UC Berkeley School of Optometry, proved helpful in early detection for patients seen at the William Jenkins Health Center in Richmond.   

The competition included 65 other projects from residents across the nation. The doctors want to particularly thank those who have referred patients to the DM HCM clinic. Special recognition goes to their amazing MA team: Carmela Asig, Cinthia Marquez, and Erica Moreno, all of whom helped them refine the workflows and are the muscle behind the work they do in the specialty clinic.  

They also want to recognize their principal investigators for this project: Dr. Thomas McBride and Chief Medical Information Officer Yui Nishiike for helping troubleshoot and for their Tableau expertise. 

Here’s to addressing the needs and improving the health of our community!