Students, Faculty, Residents, Staff, Alumni, Board members and Friends,
|World Congress of Optometry 2017,|
I am writing this while en route back from the World Congress of Optometry that was held in Hyderabad, India this past week. Salus was well represented by Drs. Melissa Vitek and Satya Verma, both of whom presented posters and lectures to the over 1,200 participants from all over the world. It was especially gratifying to reconnect with Salus PCO graduates from our international and MPH programs that are either in key leadership positions in the organization or were presenting lectures and posters. We also had the opportunity to discuss our new Clinical Procedures and Virtual Reality labs and hold several meetings with prospective national organizations who were interested in our International Clinical Optometry and Advanced Placement programs. It was an extremely interesting, productive, and busy week and we’ll all be very glad to be back at Salus next week!
|Students from Qassim University|
Keeping with an international theme, we’ve had the opportunity to host eight students from Qassim University in Saudi Arabia on campus over the past couple of months. This is part of an ongoing agreement we have with Qassim to provide lectures, seminars and controlled patient care experiences for students who are completing a one-year internship after graduating from Qassim. While at Salus, these students received additional training in several optometric areas to include low vision, binocular vision, glaucoma, and posterior and anterior segment.
|Zhu Lin (Julia)|
I am very pleased to share that Zhi Lin (known to us as Julia), who is a graduate of the Salus Advanced Placement Doctor of Optometry program (APOD), made history by publishing the first primary eye care and clinical procedures manual in Chinese. The textbook entitled, "Eye Health Management,” includes comprehensive information about how to conduct comprehensive primary care eye exams for both children and adults with a focus on the clinical aspects of optometry. I was honored to receive a copy of the book and it’s quite impressive. Please join me in congratulating Julia on her accomplishment.
|Travel grant recipients|
Moving closer to home, thanks to the efforts of our Alumni Association, twice a year travel grants are awarded to a select group of students from each program in an effort to help advance their professional and humanitarian goals throughout their education. Students are given the opportunity to use the funds to attend program specific national or regional conferences and participate in a variety of health screenings during humanitarian trips. The latest group of travel grant recipients used their funding for activities from February through the end of July 2017. This is a great opportunity for these students to expand their knowledge base as well as spread the good word about Salus.
Whenever I return from these long trips, even to countries like India, where everyone was so friendly and helpful, I have a renewed appreciation for all we have in the United States, often taken for granted. After experiencing the traffic and what I would term “exciting” driving conditions in India, seeing their mass transportation system with people hanging out of city buses during rush hour, I will certainly look at SEPTA and the Schuylkill Expressway in a much different light! Even with everything that’s swirling around us, we are extremely lucky to be in the U.S. Please take a moment to reflect on that as you approach this weekend. Also, please keep those recovering from both Hurricane Harvey and Irma in your thoughts and prayers. While not prominent in the news anymore, the victims still have a long ways to go before their lives return to normal.
It’s looking like it should be a pretty nice weekend around Philadelphia so I encourage folks to get out and enjoy the nice weather and all the wonderful things we have around us.
Have a great weekend and be safe!