Current Student News
VP of Clinical Operations Begins
Newly appointed vice president of Clinical Operations, John Gaal, had a busy first week. On Monday, February 3, his first day, the University and its clinics were closed due to a major snowstorm, which was followed by ice storm-related power outages from Wednesday to Sunday on the Elkins Park campus, which includes the Pennsylvania Ear Institute.
A US Army veteran with 28 years of service, then Colonel Gaal was chief operating officer at Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, MD prior to his retirement. In his new position at Salus, Mr. Gaal is responsible for the operation of The Eye Institute, the William Feinbloom Vision Rehabilitation Center, the Pennsylvania Ear Institute and any future University clinical services.
In his announcement to the University community, President Michael H. Mittelman said, “John Gaal’s exceptional skill in managing large hospital operations will be a great asset to Salus as we continue to thrive and grow,” noting that Mr. Gaal’s years of experience as chief operating officer in military hospitals, combined with his leadership ability, “make him a valuable part of the Salus team.”
Mr. Gaal’s healthcare administration experience stood him in good stead and, as he noted in his second week on the job, “My first week on the job was interesting, fun, and chaotic… exactly what I was looking for in my new job. I was impressed with the staff and faculty, and how well they did dealing with the changes and challenges created by the unusual weather. The staff were great, keeping the needs of the patients at the forefront.”
The CO-ED Intramural Volleyball League
Vittorio Mena Jr.
AOSA National Sports Vision Section Liaison
Co-Chair Salus Athletics Department
Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University Class of 2014
Welcome back to intramurals as we have been on a two week hiatus from the action! As we get back into the mix of things will either Hammer Time (Jordan Finegan PA'15) or Aceholes (Captain: Praveen Phillip OT'16) put a stop to either Serves You Right (Captain: Brian Lilien OD’16) or Ace N' Hitters (Captain: Gina Hayes PA'14) tomorrow night from going 4-0 on the season?! Also, the battle against both variations of pink, Masters of Sets (Captain: Patrick McManamon OD'17) and Vitreous Secret (Captain: Annie Springer OD'17) will be a good game to witness as one of these first year teams will be earning their very 1st victory on the season! Four teams with a 2-1 record will be battling it out against each other as each team will be fighting to not hit the .500 mark as the other four teams with a 1-2 record will be hoping to get to the .500 mark. Ball Sets (Captain: Zoltan Byrd-Leitner PA'15) who are coming off a tough loss from three weeks ago will be up against We've Got Floaters (Captain: David Lai OD'17). Can Ball Sets get back to their winning ways or will We've Got Floaters go on a 3 game winning streak?!
Come and Witness the Bump and Grind starting Thursday at 5:00PM!
***Game of the Night: 8:30 PM***
5:00PM Serves You Right (3-0) vs Hammer Time (1-2)
5:30PM Eye Ball So Hard (1-2) vs Too Much Sclera (1-2)
6:00PM Masters of Sets (0-3)vs Vitreous Secret (0-3)
6:30PM We've Got Floaters (2-1) vs Ball Sets (2-1)
7:00PM Wrecking Balls (1-2) vs Bestibular (1-2)
7:45PM Beta-Blockers (2-1) vs Eye Spike It (2-1)
8:30PM Ace N' Hitters (3-0) vs Aceholes (2-1)
Check out these great videos made by first year optometry students in Dr. Michelle Britchkow's optics class. Not only smart, but creative and talented - that's Salus students!
Another great optometry video from our students. Some of the references might be hard for the non-optometric viewer, but the humor comes through without a problem!
Externship Preceptor Lecture Series
It was informal, relaxed, fun, and educational. What was? The inaugural lecture in the Externship Preceptor Lecture Series, held in October on the ELkins Park campus.
The lecture program, offered in collaboration with Alcon, Inc., is designed to "showcase PCO preceptors, who can share their extraordinary knowledge, experience, and clinical pearls with the College community," according to Dr. Maria Parisi, director, PCO Externship Program.
Students enjoyed a lecture on fitting pediatric contact lenses by Dr. Scott Edmonds '80, of Wills Eye Institute and Edmonds and Associates of Drexel Hill, PA, a noted expert. The event was scheduled after the last class and pizza was served, noted Dr. Parisi, "So our students had dinner, learned practical clinical pearls about fitting pediatric lenses, were able to converse with a potential preceptor, and still had the evening to study!”
Department of Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy students had the benefit of an adaptive car on campus last month so that they could have hands on experience with the vehicle in preparation for teaching their clients how to use the assistive technology in the car.
In other OT news, students Praveen Philip ’14OT and Jessalyn Mayer ’14OT presented a session entitled, “Parkinson's Disease and Brain Pacemaker: Improved Independence” at the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association state conference on November 9, 2013 in Pittsburgh. The well-attended session received excellent reviews, according to program director, Dr. Fern Silverman.
In November, student members of the Student Academy of Audiology and Osborne College of Audiology faculty completed a humanitarian trip to the Appalachian region of Kentucky. The group saw patients ranging in age from toddlers to the elderly, who had been recommended through Red Bird Missions, a humanitarian organization connected with the United Methodist church that has provided services in that region since 1921. The ten students were Jamie Guinan; Alisha Latham; Jaymee Levine; Jenna Pellicori; Megan Piekosz; Lyndsey Spencer; Ellie Swartz; Katie Thompson; Brittany Viniarski, and Seth Weible. All third-years, the SAA members were precepted by Drs. Jonette B. Owen and Rebecca Blaha and performed audiologic evaluations, cerumen management, video otoscopy, hearing aid fittings, adjustments and repairs, and ear mold impressions. Coincidentally, also at the Red Bird Mission at the same time with students from another program were OCA adjuncts, Drs. Rita Chaiken ’03 and Jiovanne Hughart.