Melissa A. Vitek, OD, FAAO

Assistant Professor, Pennsylvania College of Optometry

 

mvitek@salus.edu

Education:

  • OD, Pennsylvania College of Optometry
  • BS, Pennsylvania College of Optometry
  • Optometric Technician Program, Manor College

Role at Salus: 

  • Assistant Professor, Pennsylvania College of Optometry
  • Dean, International and Continuing Education
  • Director, MSc in Clinical Optometry degree program
  • Salus' Interprofessional Evidence Based Practice Course Coordinator and Instructor

Clinical Specialty:

  • Clinical teaching and patient care at The Eye Institute, Chestnut Hill satellite clinic

Lecture Experience

  • Evidence Based Practice Course: An Interprofessional, Team-Based Approach, Salus University: August 2012-present
    Ocular Emergencies, Chestnut Hill Family Medicine Residents, April 2015
    Salus Time IPE Presentation, Salus University: February 2015
    Case Panel Discussion, Salus MSc degree program, Berlin, Germany: December 2013
  • Can You Trust Your Antibiotic? New Jersey Academy of Optometry:  November 2012
  • Introduction to Optometry, Chestnut Hill Family Practice, Philadelphia, PA:  August 2012 
  • Salus University Interdisciplinary Evidence Based Medicine Course, Elkins Park, PA:  January 2012-present
  • Introduction to Optometry, Chestnut Hill Family Practice, Philadelphia, PA:  August 2012 
  • Orals Credentialing Course: Antifungals, Elkins Park:  May 2012
  • Case Panel Discussion, Elkins Park:  October 2011
  • Latest Topicals, Elkins Park:  July 2011
  • Case Panel Discussion, Poland:  April 2011
  • Practice Management, Poland:  April 2011
  • Case Panel Discussion, Spain:  April 2011
  • Ocular Indications for Oral Antibiotics, New Jersey Academy of Optometry:  November 2010
  • Case Panel Discussion, Austria:  July 2009
  • B-Scan Performance and Interpretation, Switzerland:  July 2009
  • Case Panel Discussion, Norway:  June 2008
  • Goldmann Tonometry, Israel:  January 2008
  • Case Panel Discussion, Spain:  April 2007

Professional Presentations:

  • Vitek, M, Pelino C. It’s Not Rare if it’s in Your Chair: Recognizing and Managing Ocular Paraneoplastic Syndromes Affecting the Visual System. Lecture presentation, American Academy of Optometry, Boston, MA, November 2021.
  • Vitek, M, Aravamudhan, R, Konopack, J. Addressing Missing Links in Interprofessional Education and Assessment. Workshop presentation, 8th Annual Drexel University Assessment Conference, Virtual Event 2021.
  • Vitek. M, Aravamudhan R. Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) Leadership Development Program Interprofessional Education Showcase Presentation: A Decade of Delivering an Interprofessional Evidence Based Practice Course: A Shift to Online Delivery Due to COVID Results in Positive Outcomes: Virtual IPEC Leadership Development Program June 2021.
  • Vitek M. Evidence Based Practice Virtual Faculty Workshops: at Hadassah College, Jerusalem, Israel. June 2021.
  • Serianni, R. Benjamin, G. Brim, B. Ditoro, R. Killen, C. Mayro, P. Myers, B. Owen, J., Pennington, J. Perla, F. Verma, S. Vitek, M. Developing an interprofessional education session for clinical supervisors: Reflections on the collaborative process and outcomes [Workshop]. National Academic of Practice Virtual Forum. March 2021.
  • Vitek M. Cultural Humility Workshop: Hadassah Academic College, Jerusalem, Israel. Collegewide Virtual Lunch and Learn. March 2021.
  • Vitek, M. Cancer and the Eye. Virtual Lunch and Learn Hadassah Academic College, Jerusalem, Israel. December 2020.
  • Vitek M, Evidence Based Practice Beginner and Advanced Faculty Workshops: at Hadassah College, Jerusalem, Israel. January 2020.
  • S. Segu, A. Lustig, L. Sponseller, M.Vitek. Vision Care Section of the American Public Health Association. Panel Discussion on Salus Professions and Interprofessional Approaches. Philadelphia, PA. November 2019.
  • Vitek M, Evidence Based Clinical Decision-Making in the Optometric Care of Patients with Glaucoma. Workshop presentation at the European Academy Meeting, Rome, Italy. May 2019.
    Vitek M, Evidence Based Clinical Decision-Making in the Optometry: Lecture presentation at the Hadassah College Optometry Conference, Jerusalem, Israel. June 2019.
    Vitek M, Scharre J. Evidence Based Clinical Decision-Making in Optometric Care. Workshop presentation at the European Academy Meeting, Pula, Croatia. May 2018.
  • Vitek M, Khan I. The Impact of Patient Needs on the Evolution of The Profession of Optometry. Lecture Presentation, World Congress of Optometry, Hyderabad, India. September 2017.
  • Vitek M. Continuing Education for Optometry in Thailand, Panel Discussion, Rangsit University International Optometric Conference, Thailand. April 2017.
  • Vitek M. Integrating Evidence Based Clinical Decision into your Optometric Practice. Lecture presentation at the Swiss Board of Optometry and Opticians Conference, Berne, Switzerland. March 2017.
  • Vitek M. Anterior Segment Case Discussion. Lecture presentation at the Swiss Board of Optometry and Opticians Conference, Berne, Switzerland. March 2017.
  • Vitek M. Posterior Segment Case Discussion. Lecture presentation at the Swiss Board of Optometry and Opticians Conference, Berne, Switzerland. March 2017.
  • Vitek M, Khan I. Optometry in the World: Historic Perspectives, Current Trends and Future Projections: Lecture at the American Academy of Optometry Meeting, Anaheim, CA. November 2016.
  • Vitek M. Optometric Training and Practice in the USA: Lecture presentation at the Rangsit University International Conference on Optometry, Bangkok, Thailand. May 2016.
  • Coyle J, Hoppe E, Baker J, Troilo D, Nishimoto J, Cavallerano T, Vitek, M. ASCO IPECP Summit Facilitator, Marshall B. Ketchum University, CA. February 2016.
  • Casser L, Perla F, Vitek M, Serianni B, Owen, J, Mittelman M, Foy C, Appel S, Henderson J. Interprofessional Care for Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: Optometric Education Continuing Education Event, Salus University. November 2015.
  • Vitek M, Aravamudhan R. Implementing Interprofessional Education at Salus University: The Evolution of the Evidence Based Practice Course: Workshop Presentation at the Drexel University Annual Conference on Learning and Assessment, Philadelphia, PA. September 2015.
  • Vitek M, Aravamudhan R. Urban Legend or Proven Pedagogy? University Development Day, Salus University. August 2015.
  • Vitek M, Baker J. Interprofessional Education at Schools and Colleges of Optometry in the US: Current Practices and Challenges, Chief Academic Officer Meeting, American Academy of Association Meeting, Seattle, WA.
  • Aravamudhan R, Vitek M, Casser L, Di Stefano A. Interprofessional Education at Salus University: Pilot Initiatives. Salus Time presentation, Salus University. February 2015.
  • Vitek M, Baker J. Current Practices of Interprofessional Education at Schools and Colleges of Optometry in the US, Paper Presentation, American Academy of Optometry Meeting, Denver, CO. November 2014.
  • Vitek M, Baker J. Current Practices of Interprofessional Education at Schools and Colleges of Optometry in the US, Residency Sig Meeting, American Academy of Optometry Meeting, Denver, CO. November 2014.
  • Aravamudhan R, Vitek M, Casser L, Di Stefano A, Owen J, Henderson J. Role of
    Interprofessional Education in Clinical Education: A Study Using Clinical Problem Solving
    , American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Florida. October 2014.
  • Aravamudhan R, Vitek M, Casser L, Di Stefano A. Interprofessional Education Initiatives at Salus University: A Unique Perspective in Both Didactic and Clinical Education, Jefferson Medical College Interprofessional Care for the 21st Century: Redefining Education and Practice Conference, Philadelphia, PA. October 2014.
  • Casser L, Aravamudhan A, Perla F, Vitek M. Interprofessional Education, University Development Day, Salus University. August 2013.
  • Vitek M. Introduction to Optometry, Chestnut Hill Family Practice, Philadelphia, PA. August 2012.
  • Vitek M. Can You Trust Your Antibiotic? New Jersey Academy of Optometry Meeting, Neptune, NJ. November 2012.
  • Vitek M, Narayanan S. Injection Skills Workshop, American Academy of Optometry, Boston, MA. November 2011.
  • Vitek M. Ocular Indications for Oral Antibiotics, New Jersey Academy of Optometry Meeting, Neptune, NJ. November 2010.
  • Vitek M, Mader A. Oh The Pressure! Optometric and Paraoptometric Continuing Education, Atlantic City, NJ. June 2005.

Professional Activities/Recognition/Awards:

  • Fellow of The American Academy of Optometry
  • ASCO Interprofessional Education Committee:  June 2013-present
  • Salus University Interprofessional Committee:  Fall 2012-present
  • American Optometric Association:  member
  • Pennsylvania Optometric Association
  • American Optometric Society:  member
  • Pennsylvania Optometric Association:  member
  • Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society:  member during enrollment at PCO

Professional Certification:

  • Pennsylvania license to practice Optometry 1995-present
  • CPR certification (current)
  • First Aid certification (current)
  • ACLS certification (current)
  • Duke University: Teaching and Leading EBM: A Workshop for Teachers and Champions of Evidence-Based Medicine, March 2011
  • Duke University: Teaching and Leading EBM: A Workshop for Teachers and Champions of Evidence-Based Medicine, March 2012
  • Thomas Jefferson University:  Interprofessional Education and Care Winter Immersion Program, February 2013
  • Duke University, Teaching and Leading EBM: A Workshop for Teachers and Champions of Evidence-Based Medicine, March 2013
  • McMaster University: Evidence-Based Practice Workshop, June 2014