Salus University recently welcomed eight sixth-year optometry students from Qassim University in Saudi Arabia to its Elkins Park campus. As part of an agreement between the two universities, Qassim students attend lectures, participate in workshops and experience simulated patient encounters at the Salus University campus as part of their clinical curriculum.
For all eight students, this was their first time to the United States. While here they spent time in Philadelphia, New York and Washington D.C. The students believe their time spent at Salus University will give them an early clinical advantage, especially as optometry begins to grow as a profession in Saudi Arabia.
This is the second group of students Salus has welcomed from Qassim. Upon completion of their six years of study and a one-year internship, the students will obtain a Doctor of Optometry degree. Afterward, a majority of them plan in go into private practice.
Pictured from left to right: Abdulsalam Saleh Alyousef, Faisal Ali Alhamamah, Yousef Muneer Alharbi, Mohammad Saleh Aldhbiab, Abdulrahim Huwaydi Almutairi, Abdullah Salem Alharbi, Mohammed Nasir Elbaradei and Abdulmalik Ibrahim Alkharisi.