Wake Forest Medical Residents Win Top Research Award From American Burn Association

December 1, 2009

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Jeffrey Carter, M.D., and Luke Neff, M.D., general surgery residents at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, are the recipients of this year’s Carl A. Moyer Resident Award. This award is given annually by the American Burn Association for the best research paper submitted by a resident or medical student.

Carter and Neff’s research compared practice and referral guidelines for patients with burn injuries by reviewing every discharge record in North Carolina over a two-year period. The results demonstrated that patients who meet national referral criteria for burn centers are frequently not transferred there.

“We are now completing a seven-year review of 8,000 patients in N.C., which is demonstrating similar findings,” said Carter. “We plan to use this information to continue improving outreach and education for our community health care providers.”

James H. Holmes IV, M.D., assistant professor, surgical sciences-general surgery, was the faculty mentor for this research study.


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