Salus University, named for a Latin word meaning health and well-being, is known for its primary care philosophy, holistic approach, and commitment to the development and success of its students.
Another great optometry video from our students. Some of the references might be hard for the non-optometric viewer, but the humor comes through without a problem!
Check out these great videos made by first year optometry students in Dr. Michelle Britchkow's optics class. Not only smart, but creative and talented - that's Salus students!
Externship Preceptor Lecture Series - It was informal, relaxed, fun, and educational. What was? The inaugural lecture in the Externship Preceptor Lecture Series, held in October on the ELkins Park campus.
The lecture program, offered in collaboration with Alcon, Inc., is designed to "showcase PCO preceptors, who can share their extraordinary knowledge, experience, and clinical pearls with the College community," according to Dr. Maria Parisi, director, PCO Externship Program.
Students enjoyed a lecture on fitting pediatric contact lenses by Dr. Scott Edmonds '80, of Wills Eye Institute and Edmonds and Associates of Drexel Hill, PA, a noted expert. The event was scheduled after the last class and pizza was served, noted Dr. Parisi, "So our students had dinner, learned practical clinical pearls about fitting pediatric lenses, were able to converse with a potential preceptor, and still had the evening to study!”
Dr and Mrs Mittelman greet Brian Westbrook
Dr. Mittelman with Dr. Janet Samuels and her husband.
Looking Out for Kids
Friday evening, November 15,saw more than 300 people support the 7th Annual Looking Out for Kids event at the Hafter Center. This year’s guest co-hosts were Brian Westbrook, Comcast sports commentator and former Eagles running back, and Dr. Janet Samuels, superintendent of the Norristown School District.
The event and silent auction were a great success and the money raised will support The Eye Institute’s program to provide eyecare and eyeglasses for under-insured and uninsured area children.
To see photos from the event check out TEI's Facebook page
Read Dr. Mittelman’s op-ed piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer about the Military Healthcare System and what we can learn from it.
Veterans Day It is a Salus tradition for the University to encourage all faculty, students and staff who have served or are serving in the Armed Forces to wear their uniforms on Veterans Day. Yesterday, we caught a few faculty and want to share their photos.
In the photo on the left are (L to R): Dr. Richard Vause; Dr. Felix Barker; Dr. Charles Wormington and Dr. Mike Mittelman. (photos courtesy of Ms. Lisa Lonie). Pictured on the right is Dr. William Monaco.
With grateful thanks to our Salus alumni, faculty, students and staff who have served or are serving our country’s Armed Forces. We appreciate your service and the sacrifices you and your families have made.
At the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association state conference on November 9 in Pittsburgh, two Salus OT students, Praveen Philip and Jessalyn Mayer, presented a session entitled, “Parkinson's Disease and Brain Pacemaker: Improved Independence." Dr. Lauren Sponseller, Salus OT Fieldwork coordinator and Dr. Fern Silverman, OT Program Director, shown here with a POTA representative and Jessalyn and Praveen attended the session which, according to Dr. Silverman, was well attended and received excellent reviews by session attendees. Dr. Sponseller also presented a session entitled "Educate the Educator" at the conference.
November 1st - The University was honored to host two visitors today. PA State Senator Mike Folmer (R-48), chair of the Senate Education Committee, and Dr. Robert Owens, current president of the Pennsylvania Optometric Association. Welcomed by PCO Dean Linda Casser, the visitors were given a tour of the Elkins Park campus and met with Salus President Mike Mittelman before touring The Eye Institute. In the photograph (L to R): Dean Casser; Dr. Joseph Toland, PCO faculty; Senator Folmer; Dr. Mittelman; Dr. Owens.
(all photos courtesy of optometry student Vitto Mena, Class of 2014)
White Coat Ceremony - Salus University students received the symbol of their professions – the white coat – in a special ceremony attended by family and friends. Optometry, Audiology, Physician Assistant and Occupational Therapy students were helped into their white coats by their dean or director and congratulated by Salus president, Dr. Michael Mittelman, who told them the white coat is “a symbol of service, not status.” Congratulations to our Optometry and Audiology Class of 2017 and our Physician Assistant and Occupational Therapy Class of 2015!
(all photos courtesy of optometry student Vitto Mena, Class of 2014).
The third annual 5K Wormington Run, named in honor of Dr. Charles Wormington, beloved associate professor and creator of the Wormington Card, was held on Sunday, October 13. Almost 150 participants came out to Alverthorpe Park in Abington, PA to run or walk the course, with proceeds going to the Fox Chase Cancer Center.
October 10 was World Sight Day and the theme is “Be Shady,” as UV protection against eye damage is an important necessity. Salus University president, Dr. Michael H. Mittelman (front row, center) is joined by a few Salus faculty, staff and students.
In the second photo, the Salus Pennsylvania College of Optometry chapter of the National Association of Optometric Students (NOSA) is pictured at their monthly meeting held this afternoon.
SOSH 2013: Haiti
by Kristina Ngo ’15OD, president PCO chapter of SOSH
For the first time since 2008, the SOSH (Students in Optometric Service to Humanity) team of twenty students and two faculty advisors traveled back to Cap Haitien, Haiti. Together the group examined 1,314 patients over the 5 days of clinic operation, dispensed more than 2,500 pairs of glasses and sunglasses and made 129 referrals for surgery or additional medical treatment. Lions Clubs, social organizations, and private contributors donated the glasses for the 2013 mission to SOSH. To read more...