The UIW Rosenberg School of Optometry reached another milestone this October at the American Academy of Optometry’s annual meeting in Seattle, WA. It was announced that three faculty members at RSO were accepted as Fellows into the Academy. The three new Academy fellows were announced as: Dr. Chandra Mickles, Dr. Kyle Sandberg, and Dr. Matt Valdes.
These individuals successfully completed the rigorous process of obtaining Academy Fellowship by preparing Patient Case Reports that each doctor has personally examined and treated. “I had to prepare 2 case studies (one paper and 1 poster). I also presented a poster on a pediatric vision screening study that I conducted. The Academy requires that a total of 50 points are accumulated in order to be eligible for Fellowship. In my case, I received 20 for completing a residency, 10 for each case report and 10 for the study poster,” Dr. Kyle Sandberg explained.
These reports are peer reviewed by the Admissions Committee for quality and standard of care. If the doctor passes this portion of the examination process, they are invited to the annual meeting where they undergo a comprehensive oral examination.
As Dr. Sandra Mickles describes, “I qualified to sit for the oral examination through submitting one case report, two scientific posters based on my research, and my residency credentials. There was a panel of the three optometrists that examined me orally, based on my credentials and written work submitted for earning the fellowship.”
Drs. Mickles, Sandberg and Valdes have reflected great credit upon themselves and the entire University of the Incarnate Word community. “Fellowship means a great deal to me, personally and professionally. Working in a teaching institution, it is imperative our students and patients know we strive to provide the highest level of patient care. Despite the time and effort required for fellowship, it’s encouraging to know I’m helping support RSO’s culture of excellence,” said Dr. Matt Valdes.
They have achieved a professional milestone which only a small number of the optometrists around the world have succeeded at doing. We congratulate them and thank them for their hard work and dedication to the profession.