Pennsylvania-based Salus University, which offers degree programs in audiology, announced that associate professor and assistant director of the Externship Program at Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry has started his two-year term as president of the National Academies of Practice (NAP). According to the Salus announcement, Dr Verma is only the second optometrist to become the president of NAP, which represents 14 health care professions, including audiology, dentistry, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, optometry, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, podiatric medicine, psychology, social work, speech-language pathology and veterinary medicine.
“I hope that during my term as president, we can reach out to the parent organizations of these professions and develop and improve on inter-professional collaboration,” said Dr Verma. “Together we can improve the quality and delivery of better health care in the US.”
Salus reports that prior to his election as NAP president, Dr Verma, a nationally known expert on geriatric optometry, served as chair of the optometry academy within NAP. He also serves on the board of the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, among others, and is Salus University’s student-faculty liaison to the American Academy of Optometry. He is also chair of the Educational Policy and Curriculum Committee and Committee on Academic Promotions at Salus University.
Source: Salus University