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With the audiology team out on spring break the OT team had to sit on the sidelines this week as the PA and optometry teams battled it out.

Ball Sets (Captain: Zoltan Byrd-Leitner PA'15) had a tough task ahead of them as they faced Serves You Right (Captain: Brian Lilien OD’16). Ball Sets were out there trying to prove something as they were looking to give Serves You Right their first loss on the season as they took the 1st game in quick fashion. With Serves You Right at the edge of their heels they ended up regrouping and taking the next two sets to remain undefeated bringing their overall record to 8-0.

The game of the night brought us Wrecking Balls (Captain: Jared Scheff OD'16) vs Eye Ball So Hard (Captain: David Weaver OD'17) who were both fighting to not hit the .500 mark. After they split sets, it got extremely intense where players from each team were diving all over the court fighting for every point as each team went back and forth point for point until it was tied at 13-13. Wrecking Balls ended up surviving the match getting the next two points keeping their record above the .500 mark as well as in the hunt for 3rd place.

Both Ace N' Hitters (Captain: Gina Hayes PA'14) and We've Got Floaters (Captain: David Lai OD'17) picked up the victory last night to bring their record to 5-3 and are still in a three way tie for 3rd place.

Serves You Right (8-0) vs Ball Sets (3-4)
Game 1: 25-16
Game 2: 25-12
Game 3: 15-6

Wrecking Balls (5-3) vs Eye Ball So Hard (4-4)
Game 1: 25-22
Game 2: 25-15
Game 3: 15-13

Beta-Blockers (5-3) vs Too Much Sclera (1-7)
Game 1: 25-20
Game 2: 25-20

Vitreous Secret (1-7) vs Eye Spike It (6-2)
Game 1: 25-15
Game 2: 25-14

We've Got Floaters (5-3) vs Hammer Time (1-6)  
Game 1: 25-12
Game 2: 25-15

Ace N' Hitters (5-3) vs Masters of Sets (3-5)
Game 1: 25-17
Game 2: 25-21

Past Week Reports

The Salus community congratulates the following members:

Dr. Radhika Aravamudhan and Dr. Victor Bray, on the publication of their co-authored paper, “Preservation of Auditory Brainstem Response Thresholds After Cochleostomy and Titanium Microactuator Implantation in the Lateral Wall of Cat Scala Tympani” in the April issue of Otology & Neurotology, a peer-review journal (Vol. 35 - Issue 4: p 730-738).

Dr. Richard Brilliant, on the recent publication of an article on night driving with low vision in Medscape Eye. (link:

Benjamin Foreman ’15OD, who was recently awarded the 2014 Dr. Seymour Galina Grant from the American Optometric Association.

Alta Fried, ’14OT, who will have her article about her journey to the Occupational Therapy profession published within the next few months as a special feature article/cover page of OT Advance magazine.

John Kilpatrick ’14MS, who won the Delta Gamma Award at the American Foundation for the Blind's Leadership Conference, in Brooklyn New York in February. According to Dr. Fabiana Perla, O&M program director, John was one of a few graduate students in the country given this award for his accomplishments and potential for leadership in the field of visual impairments.  

Vitto Mena ’14OD, who was a winner in Transitions Optical’s annual Students of Vision “Share Your Impact” contest. More than 45 optometry and opticianry students submitted a video, short story, photograph, poster, drawing, painting or illustration demonstrating how they will use (or have used) their professional expertise to impact the lives of others.

Charita Smith ’14OD, who co-authored two posters at SECO in March. The posters' abstracts will be published in the April Optometry and Visual Performance (OVP).
OVP is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal published by the Optometric Extension Program Foundation and the Australasian College of Behavioral Optometry.

Marian Weber who, after 21 years at PCO/Salus, retires today from the Cottet Library, where she has served hundreds of students as a library technician.

Alison Wilk, who has left her position as administrative assistant at the College of Education and Rehabilitation to become the new library technician in the University’s Cottet Library.

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!

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!

Dr. Edmonds lecturing to 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!”

Department of Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy students had the benefit of an adaptive car on campus last month so that they could have hands on experience with the vehicle in preparation for teaching their clients how to use the assistive technology in the car.

In other OT news, students Praveen Philip ’14OT and Jessalyn Mayer ’14OT presented a session entitled, “Parkinson's Disease and Brain Pacemaker:  Improved Independence” at the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association state conference on November 9, 2013 in Pittsburgh. The well-attended session received excellent reviews, according to program director, Dr. Fern Silverman. 

In November, student members of the Student Academy of Audiology and Osborne College of Audiology faculty completed a humanitarian trip to the Appalachian region of Kentucky. The group saw patients ranging in age from toddlers to the elderly, who had been recommended through Red Bird Missions, a humanitarian organization connected with the United Methodist church that has provided services in that region since 1921. The ten students were Jamie Guinan; Alisha Latham; Jaymee Levine; Jenna Pellicori; Megan Piekosz; Lyndsey Spencer; Ellie Swartz; Katie Thompson; Brittany Viniarski, and Seth Weible. All third-years, the SAA members were precepted by Drs. Jonette B. Owen and Rebecca Blaha and performed audiologic evaluations, cerumen management, video otoscopy, hearing aid fittings, adjustments and repairs, and ear mold impressions. Coincidentally, also at the Red Bird Mission at the same time with students from another program were OCA adjuncts, Drs. Rita Chaiken ’03 and Jiovanne Hughart.

Humanitarian Trip to the Appalachian region of Kentucky.