Undergraduate optometry students from Oulu University of Applied Sciences (OU) in Finland recently spent a week on the Salus Elkins Park campus attending lectures and practicing clinical procedures. Optometrists in Finland are licensed healthcare professionals. Academically, the BSc degree is a professional license in Europe and there are two universities of applied sciences in Finland that offer the BSc degree specifically in optometry. Salus University provides OU optometry students a tailored learning objective-based education as a supplement for OU’s educational program in their final year.
World Sight Day:
Held on the second Thursday of October, World Sight Day (WSD) is an annual global day of awareness to focus on blindness and vision impairment. In honor of WSD, special photo opportunities for faculty, staff and students were facilitated on both the Elkins Park and The Eye Institute's Oak Lane campuses.
Congratulations to Mitchell Scheiman, OD, PhD, director, Graduate Programs in Biomedicine and his team from the New Jersey Institute of Technology for winning two of three new break through AWE Auggie Awards for their project Virtual Reality Vision Therapy (VERVE). The Breakthrough Awards honored excellence in collaborative projects between industry and academia celebrating Most Innovative Breakthrough and honoring a Women XR Laureate.
Continuing Education Event:
On October 20, the University's Occupational Therapy Program's faculty members, Lauren Sponseller, PhD, OTD, MSOTR/L MEd, Caitlyn Foy, OTD, MOTR/L, and Brianna Brim, MOT OTR/L CPAM CLIPP, discussed several objectives to achieving success as an adjunct or full time faculty member. Participants gained insightful knowledge and perspective of adjunct and full time roles through discussion, demonstration and interactive classroom scenarios during a four-hour continuing education workshop called Transitioning into Academia: How to be a Successful Faculty Member and Instructor
Interviews, Interviews, Interviews:
It was a busy month full of interviews. Rebecca Blaha, AuD, audiologist at the Pennsylvania Ear Institute, was interviewed on KYW News Radio about over the counter hearing aids. Brandy Scombordi, OD, pediatric optometrist and coordinator of The Eye Institute's School Vision Program, was interviewed on WDAS-FM on Thursday, October 25. Dr. Scombordi talked to radio personality Patty Jackson about the basics of pediatric vision and the importance of comprehensive eye care for children. NBC10 featured a story on The Eye Institute's School Vision Programs and was on site at McCloskey School during a weekly visit for school vision screenings.
Physician Assistant Week Panel:
Practicing Physician Assistants (PA) were invited to a panel for the class of 2020 on Friday, October 12 to close out this year’s PA Week. The students asked the PAs about their career paths and interview tips.
Happy Trails, Lisa:
After 15 years, Lisa Blade (you know her from the Café) left to start a new position within Culinart. There was a big turn out of faculty and staff for her farewell reception in the café on October 24. We will miss you and wish you the very best, Lisa!