ICYMI: November

20181014_104902.jpgPA Lions Research Seminar: Jingyun Wang, PhD, associate professor in the University’s Pennsylvania College of Optometry, was invited to present her study, “Efficacy of Intermittent Occlusion Therapy Glasses for Lazy Eye in Children” at the Annual PA Lions Research Seminar. The seminar, which was held at the Penn State Hershey University Conference Center, focused on investing in science education and curiosity-driven research for the future.

Techniques in Taiwan: Joseph Ruskiewicz, OD, MPH, associate professor in the University’s Pennsylvania College of Optometry, met with Pei Chang Wu, MD, PhD, department head of Ophthalmology at Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan, to discuss the high rates of nearsightedness affecting school children. During his time abroad, Dr. Ruskiewicz discussed with Dr. Wu, who has conducted extensive research on the topic of nearsightedness in children, the best techniques and methods to combat this issue.

Twelve years of LOFK: Salus University’s twelfth annual Looking Out For Kids (LOFK) charity event took place on Saturday, November 3rd. This year’s event was a huge success, and was held at the Hilton on City Avenue. It was again co-hosted by Emmy-winning NBC10 news anchor and reporter, Rosemary Connors. In addition to a full program, the  night consisted of a cocktail reception, sit down dinner, program and both a live and silent auction. The annual benefit helps to assist some of the region’s disadvantaged youth through the provision of comprehensive vision care services.

Montco-Nurses-Health-Partnership-Award-TEI-(1).jpgAmazing Acknowledgement: This year, the University’s School Vision Programs in Norristown, Pa. was acknowledged by the Montgomery County School Nurses Association. On November 13th, the association presented the School Health Partnership Award to Dr. Brandy Scombordi, pediatric optometrist and coordinator of TEI’s School Vision Programs, Dr. Luis Trujillo, main provider at TEI’s Norristown satellite and Cathie Muhr, optician who also helps facilitate care at Salus University along with president, Dr. Michael H. Mittelman.

Dean Appointed: Congratulations to Radhika Aravamudhan, PhD who earlier this month was officially appointed as  dean of the University’s Osborne College of Audiology. Dr. Aravamudham has been an associate professor at Salus for the past 13 years and has most recently acted as interim dean for the Osborne College of Audiology.

Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) Forum: Rachel Ditoro, MSPAS, PA-C, associate professor in the University’s Physician Assistant (PA) Studies program, presented three talks to Physician Assistant Program educators at the annual Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) Forum in Anaheim, Calif. Her first topic, “Competency-based Medical Education (CBME): Beginning with the End in Mind” was broken up into two talks and provided an overview of CBME, its core components, and its utilization in PA education. Ditoro later went on to co-present a third talk at the forum called “Early Remediation Using a Competency-based Education Model” with Donna Agnew, MSPAS, PA-C, dean of the University’s College of Health Sciences and director of the Physician Assistant Program on the remediation for identified deficits.

Quality Caliber Course: The Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies is currently offering the University’s first-ever micro-credential course. The eight-week online course, Neurological Visual Impairment in Children, provides practicing Teachers of Children with Visual Impairments and Orientation and Mobility Specialists with knowledge on professional development and the best practices for servicing children with neurological visual impairment and their families.