The beginning of 2022 brought back professional conferences in a big way. Below is a round up of three of the most recent meetings Salus faculty, staff, students and alumni have attended. 
The American Academy of Audiology better known as AAA 2022+HearTECH Expo was held March 30 through April 2 in St. Louis, Missouri. Offered annually but on a hiatus since the pandemic, faculty and staff from the University’s Osborne College of Audiology (OCA), were once again able to connect with not only peers but alumni and students alike. 

Group photo from AAA conferenceAccording to OCA dean, Dr. Radhika Aravamudhan, despite being back after a two-year hiatus, the College was well-represented. In collaboration with the University’s Office of Institutional Advancement, an Alumni and Friends reception was hosted and well-attended at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark. Dr. Aravamudhan, Dr. Giri Sundar, OCA Distance Education director, Dr. Jenny Rajan, OCA assistant professor, Dr. Victor Bray, OCA associate professor, and Dr. Jonette Owen, OCA associate dean for clinical education and assistant dean for the practice and assessment of audiologic medicine, attended the conference. A few highlights were Dr. Bray’s presentations, which included one solo and one joint presentation along with two posters. “Congratulations to Dr. Bray, whose poster, co-authored with Dr. Amyn Amlani, won the professional poster award for the second year in a row,” said Dr. Aravamudhan.  

Group photo from PSHA conferenceNext up, back in Salus University’s home state, Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) faculty and staff attended the Pennsylvania Speech Language Hearing Association (PSHA) Convention April 6 through April 9 in Pittsburgh. During the conference, the Salus chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) was selected as winner of the infographic for the PSHA student advocacy contest with the most likes and the most shares. Congratulations are definitely in order for this cohort! 

And, then right here in the City of Brotherly Love - the 20th annual Physician Assistant (PA) Olympics took place on April 9 in Philadelphia. Nine local PA schools, including Salus University’s own Physician Assistant Studies program, raised more than $24,000 for METAvivor. Dedicated to women and men living with stage four metastatic breast cancer, METAvivor remains the sole national organization devoted to this particular stage of cancer research. According to its history, the PA Olympics have become a renowned cross-cultural event for students, faculty, alumni and guests of Philadelphia PA programs in which a charity is always highlighted. 
 
PA Olympics group photoOriginally, the inaugural event consisted of only three PA Programs (Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), Drexel University, and Philadelphia University) and has now grown to nine participating programs across 12 university campuses. In addition to Salus, Arcadia University, DeSales University, Drexel University, PCOM, Temple University, USciences, Thomas Jefferson University, and Philadelphia University, also contributed. This year, 19 students from Salus University’s PA program participated in the activities alongside Adam Moore, ATC, MHS, PA-C, PA assistant professor.