Written by Dr. Joanna Carter, FCOVD, newly certified Fellow, the night before the Installation and Induction Banquet at our Annual Meeting, April 10-14, 2018.

On the morning of my oral interview, I read over the six papers and three case reports I’d written during the fellowship process.

  • The first paper was on accommodation, and I recalled how helpful Gabby Marshall (my awesome mentor) was in the paper-writing process.
  • In my binocular vision paper, I referenced primitive reflexes, and I remembered first learning about these reflexes as a 4th year intern at Carol Marusich’s office.
  • My strabismus / amblyopia paper was heavily influenced by what I learned at Bob Sanet’s courses.
  • I wrote the development paper right after Curt Baxstrom and Jason Clopton’s vestibular course, which tied visual development with the vestibular system.
  • I was channeling my inner Brenda Montecalvo as I wrote the lenses and prisms paper.
  • And although I never met him, Skeffington heavily influenced my What is Vision paper.

The road to Fellowship has significantly changed how I practice.  But it wasn’t until yesterday, reading over those papers back-to-back, that I found myself choking up over the many people that have walked alongside me during this journey.

I am so thankful for our VTOD family, and I’m excited to celebrate with the new FCOVDs and COVTs tomorrow night!

Learn more about COVD’s certification process!

Watch for more like this in the coming weeks as COVD Continues the Conversation about the 2018 Annual Meeting!