March 2020
The American Academy of Audiology (AAA) wanted to move audiology as a profession in the direction of offering a doctorate level program. That thought process started in the late 1980s and continued to percolate until the late 1990s. And, the movement had one vocal and enthusiastic supporter in  Dr. George S. Osborne.

The Academy of Dispensing Audiologists (ADA) had given birth to the Doctor of Audiology (AuD) degree at its 1988 education conference in Chicago and had added an “Audiology Awareness Campaign” to its endeavor. This, and several other national initiatives, encouraged Dr. Osborne to find an appropriate academic setting to realize his goal. 

(This is the first of a two-part story.)

There are a lot of small things that can be done to help senior citizens to stay in their homes and age in place.  Brianna Brim, MOT, OTR/L, CPAM, CLIPP , and  Anna Grasso, MS, OTR/L, CAPS , both assistant professors in the University’s Occupational Therapy (OT) program, are passionate about helping them do just that.

Together, they teach OT students how to help seniors connect with support systems.

Sean Lewis ‘23OD wanted the students in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program at Hardy Williams Mastery Charter High School in Philadelphia to take some knowledge home with them about the profession of optometry. But there was also something in it for him.

“I wish I had that type of exposure to optometrists at that age, especially ones who looked like me,” said Lewis. “I enjoyed working with the students. The experience reinforced my interest in one day combining my professional skill set in academia and optometry by installing rigorous, interactive pre-optometry programs in high schools and colleges.”

Lewis was among a handful of Salus University students who welcomed the high school STEM students to the clinical skills lab March 5.

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