Dean Linda Casser To Transition
On September 12, Dr. Linda Casser, dean of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry announced that she will be stepping down on December 31 at the end of her five-year appointment.
In her announcement to faculty and staff, Dr. Casser said she was "extremely proud and appreciative of our many accomplishments, our strong work ethic, and our shared professionalism. I am confident that we have substantially contributed to the excellence and reputation of PCO, as well as our profession, while continuing to build a stronger preparedness for the future of the institution."
The first female dean of PCO, Dr. Casser, an Indiana University College of Optometry graduate, served for four years as chief of Primary Care Module Four at The Eye Institute and assistant professor at PCO in the 1980s. After serving on the faculty at Indiana University College of Optometry and as associate dean of Academic Programs at Pacific University College of Optometry, Dr. Casser joined the National Board of Examiners in Optometry as associate executive director of Clinical Examinations before becoming PCO dean. Dr. Casser has agreed to remain as interim associate dean for the Practice of Optometric Medicine from January 1, 2014 until at least June 30, 2014.
(*Dr. Audrey Smith of the College of Education and Rehabilitation is the first female dean in the University's history).
Dr. Susan Oleszewski To Transition
Last month Susan Oleszewski, OD ’76, executive vice president for Patient Care, The Eye Institute (TEI), announced that she would be transitioning from that position after eight years. Dr. Oleszewski told the Salus community that it had been a privilege to serve the optometry program for 35 years. She spoke of her realization that the TEI clinical practice has been her life’s work, noting she had “grown up in its service, as a student, resident, teaching faculty, service chief, associate dean and vice president” and thanking all those who had provided her with opportunities.”
Dr. Oleszewski also spoke of being most proud of what the faculty and staff at TEI accomplish every day, saying “we took care of our community with exceptional competence and grace. Our largely underserved patients received the best vision care in the city. Every day our students were mentored by the collective talents of an amazing clinical faculty. Every day you tirelessly met and exceeded the contract we have with our students. Every day we met our patient care and clinical education mission.”
Dr. Oleszewski concluded her announcement by thanking her colleagues for their “support, humor and friendship,” and saying, “I will continue to serve Salus University in meaningful ways.”
The Osborne College of Audiology is offering a one-day workshop, “Becoming A Better Preceptor” on October 25 on the Elkins Park campus. The workshop, which was pending approval of 0.6 AAA credits at press time, will be presented by Sharon Sandridge, PhD, who will speak on “Who Is a Preceptor?” “Today’s Students: Who Are They?” and Effective Communications Strategies. For more information, contact Dr. Jonette Owen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The most common clinical measurement of visual function is visual acuity, measured by means of a Snellen chart. Recently, its use has been expanded not only to measure visual acuity, but also to measure the progress of disease or the efficacy of therapeutic interventions. In a test-retest mode however, the main difficulty with a Snellen chart is the lack of a precise scoring system. Traditional line-by-line scoring typically requires only that 50-80% of the letters in a line be identified correctly in order to score a successful reading of the entire line. Thus, the variability in line-by-line scoring is inherently high. When letter-by-letter scoring (which inherently has a lower variability) is used, test-retest visual acuity measurements are known to be - up to a factor of two - more precise.
We have developed a unique method of scoring Snellen chart responses through the use of LogMAR transformations that account for each letter read. The final, cumulative letter-by-letter LogMAR value is converted into an effective Snellen fraction. The mathematical processes are embedded in an EXCEL-based tool and are transparent to the practicing clinician. This letter-by-letter, LogMAR-based, scoring tool is available from this web site. In addition, the tool has a similar ETDRS spread sheet for those who use ETDRS charts.
We have designed this tool for clinicians, who are untrained in LogMAR use, so that they can: 1) apply these visual acuity data as a refined diagnostic tool, 2) assess progression of eye disease, or 3) quantify the efficacy of treatment of certain pathological eye conditions with greater precision. Potentially, this tool has broad applications for clinicians who, for a variety of reasons, have been hesitant to incorporate LogMAR principles into their clinical patient databases. Moreover, this tool has possible beneficial medico-legal implications. It could protect clinicians who are struggling to quantify visual performance in a manner that is: a) subtle enough to have scientific credibility, b) sufficiently established to supply a defensible metric acceptable to scientists worldwide, and c) robust enough to stand up in courts of law.
Snellen Chart Scoring Aid
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