Winning the Johnny Justice Jr. (JJJ) scholarship award was a huge honor that allowed me to attend the Chapel Hill Mid-Year meeting. I would like to thank the Ophthalmic Photographers’ Society for putting together this financial resource for ophthalmic imagers. It was an immense pleasure to meet Johnny Justice Jr. in person, as well as all of the other members of the OPS who attended that meeting. Without this scholarship, I would not have been able to attend or continue my education in this manner.
My experience applying for this scholarship was a pleasant one. The practice I work in is very large and after learning the challenges that many employers face when sending their staff to meetings like this, I have a new appreciation for all the work everyone does to make meetings like the one I attended happen. The JJJ scholarship was a golden opportunity that allowed me to expand my knowledge and grow professionally!
In Chapel Hill I met great people, expanded my network, enriched my education, and lastly, tasted some very good micro-brews! The break-out session for Adobe Photoshop really helped me gain some editing techniques that I had not had. The wide angle imaging lectures and imaging tumors class have inspired our diagnostic imaging department to revamp our protocols and start using our montaging software again. I am also working on starting an OPS regional chapter, so many of the professionals I work with can provide our region with more continuing education locally and to connect with other members of OPS in the Pacific Northwest.
My sincerest gratitude goes out to the wonderful group of OPS members who put together these high quality educational meetings, sharing their knowledge and experience in Ophthalmology. Thank you for helping me grow in this profession by selecting me as the Mid-Year JJJ scholarship recipient and assisting me on my way to becoming a CRA.
(Photo Credit: Rona Esquejo-Leon)
Adeline Stone, COT, is employed at Spokane Eye Clinic as the Supervisor of Diagnostic Services. She has an Associate of Applied Science degree in Ophthalmic Medical Technology from Portland Community College. In her free time she enjoys the great outdoors with her husband in the Pacific Northwest by snowboarding, hiking and camping. Having obtained a Certificate in Culinary Arts, she also enjoys cooking, baking, canning and gardening.