Faculty and Staff News
Dr. Avi Gonen, associate dean, Global Development was featured in a recent article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, which details the University’s PCO international optometry program. To link to the Inquirer story.
Sunday and Monday, November 3-4, saw participants in the University’s Optometric Continuing Education two seminars enjoy the Hafter Student Community Center and the Elkins Park campus. The 300 registrants attended seminars covering a wide range of topics. The 16-credit COPE approved event was sponsored by EYEIC and Luxottica and met CE licensure requirements for several states. Photos
There have been a number of faculty appointments in several of the University’s colleges over the past few months. Congratulations to the newest members on their appointment and to the faculty members who have earned a higher ranking:
Pennsylvania College of Optometry
Michelle (Gutman) Britchkow, OD ’09, from interim faculty to Instructor
Alissa Coyne, OD ’10,
Erin Draper, OD ’11, from Instructor to Assistant Professor
Janet Swaitocha, OD, from Instructor to Assistant Professor
Elizabeth Tonkery, OD, from Instructor to Assistant Professor
Luis Trujillo, OD ’11, from consultant to Instructor
College of Education and Rehabilitation
Ellen L. Kolodner, MSS,OTR/L, FAOTA Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy program
Kerry Lueders, MS, from Instructor to Assistant Professor
Jamie Maffit, MS, from Instructor to Assistant Professor
Fabiana Perla, EdD, from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor
Andrea Carr Tyszka, MS, OTR/L, SIPT, Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy department
Osborne College of Audiology
Gregory Genna, AuD, adjunct, clinical educator
College of Health Sciences
Lisa Kuehn, PA-C, Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant program
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.
We worked in five different clinics – all at least an hour’s drive from Cap Haitien, which made for a daily 6:00 a.m. start in order for us to meet the 7:45a.m. departure. We traveled in two vans along with five translators to reach the clinics, where we set up five stations: patient history taking (with the help of a translator); slit lamp station to examine ocular health and identify any pathology; tonometry station to rule out glaucoma; a ret rack station to determine the patient’s prescription, and the final station, where an OD examined the back of the eye and a final examination was performed with the doctors, utilizing the information collected at the previous patient stations.
As SOSH members on previous trips had told us, the number of patients needing care was tremendous. On the third day of clinic we saw 400 patients and had to turn away 100 more. The demand for glasses was so great that we were running short by the third day of seeing patients. Thanks to Dr. Dave McPhillips of VOSH (Volunteers in Optometric Service to Humanity) and Dr. Guerline Roney of a vision clinic in Cap Haitien, we received additional glasses for our fourth and fifth clinic days.
It was a busy and rewarding trip to bring much needed vision care services to a population that would not have them without our help. We were all proud to be a small part of helping people to see clearly, many of them for the first time in decades.
Thank you to our sponsors and supporters whose efforts and donations made this trip possible. Thank you to our faculty advisors, Dr. Alissa Coyne and Dr. Michael Rebar, and thank you to the SOSH Class of 2015 members who participated: Veronika Ageyeva, Sana Alfimari, Christina DalPorto, Priya Desai (internal fundraiser), Jerson Desiderio, Alyssa Donahue, Elina Dorfman, Lindsey Eisenberg, Jill Federico, Stacy Fortin, Amber Gonka, Alysson Mass, Tamara Mendez (vice president), Kelsey Moody (external fundraiser), Charlene Pineda, Aaron Punim (treasurer), Kathleen Van Horn, Fei Yang and Francis Mai '16OD.
The Salus community warmly welcomes its newest members:
- Christine Barkley, administrative assistant, Speech-Language Pathology program, College of Education and Rehabilitation
- Irene Inman, RN, PCO, Foundations of Optometric Medicine
- Monae Kelsey, associate director of Student Engagement and assistant director fo Admissions
- Asami Kojima, administrative assistant, Academic Affairs
- Mitchell McCready, clinical coordinator I, The Eye Institute, VIsion in Preschoolers
The Salus community congratulations to the following members:
- Dr. Mitchell Scheiman, chief, The Eye Institute, Associate director of Research, who presented at a Veterans Administration Education System training program developed in cooperation with the Department of Defense /VA Vision Center of Excellence. Dr. Scheiman presented three hours of lecture on Diagnosis and Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injuries-Related Vision Problems to an interdisciplinary group of ODs, MDs, and vision rehabilitation professionals.
- Erica Tow '14OD, who was the highest scoring PCO student in the March NBEO Part 1 Applied Basic Science exam.
- Dr. Melissa Vitek, who represented The Eye Institute’s Chestnut Hill office at a lecture on prevention and updates on common eye problems including glaucoma, dry eye, diabetic eye care, etc., at the Center on the Hill last month.