This course provides an introduction to the career of a Medical Speech-Language Pathologist, including the wide range of possible employment settings, interdisciplinary colleagues, and clinical caseload considerations. It discusses the recommended initial foundational coursework and preparatory training for beginner to advanced certifications, and clinical specializations for current, practicing SLPs.
Course created on January 20, 2022
- After this course, participants will be able to identify the preparatory knowledge and skills needed for a transition to Medical SLP.
- After this course, participants will be able to list the variety of settings and clinical populations that fall under the purview of a Medical SLP.
- After this course, participants will be able to describe common procedures and contributions of a Medical SLP to the patient’s continuum of care.
Kristie A. Spencer
Kristie Spencer, PhD, CCC-SLP is a Professor, Associate Chair, and Graduate Program Coordinator for the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle. She has published over 50 articles and has given over 100 presentations in the area of neurologic communication disorders. Her research focuses on understanding the speech and cognitive profiles of individuals with Parkinson and cerebellar disease, including investigation of rehabilitative approaches for the cognitive deficits experienced by people with Parkinson disease. Dr. Spencer is a member of the ANCDS National Writing Committee for Practice Guidelines in Dysarthria, and has served as Editor for the American Journal of Speech-language Pathology--Motor Speech and Cognitive disorders section. Prior to coming to Seattle, she worked as a medical Speech-Language Pathologist at the VA Medical Center in Pittsburgh, PA.
Jacqueline Daniels, MA, CCC-SLP, CBIS is an Associate Teaching Professor and Clinical Educator in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Washington. She worked as a medical Speech-Language Pathologist in acute care and inpatient rehabilitation prior to joining the faculty at the University of Washington. Her clinical areas of interest include medically complex patients with dysphagia, tracheostomy, and cognitive-communication deficits, specifically traumatic brain injury, where she holds the Certified Brain Injury Specialist certificate. As part of the faculty, she teaches graduate courses in Medical Speech-Language Pathology, Interprofessional Education, and Traumatic Brain Injury. Clinically, she supervises students during their adult neurologic-focused assessment and treatment rotations.
Tamar Nir, M.A., CCC-SLP is a doctoral student working with Dr. Kristie Spencer in the Speech and Hearing Sciences Department at the University of Washington. She has worked with clients in both acute and inpatient settings with a specialty in neurological and traumatic injury rehabilitation and AAC. Her research interests include motor speech disorders, cognitive-communication disorders, traumatic brain injury, and the use of external technological aids for communication and cognitive support in people with neurodegenerative disease.
Jacqueline Daniels - Financial: Jacqueline Daniels receives royalties for a book she co-authored related to this topic. Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
Tamar Nir - Financial: Tamar Nir has no relevant financial relationships to disclose. Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
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Kansas Dept for Aging and Disability Services
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California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board: SpeechPathology.com is approved by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board as a Continuing Professional Development Provider, approval number PDP 268. This course may meet the requirements for 1 hours of continuing education credit for SLPs as required by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board. The responsibility for determining whether or not this specific course counts toward an individual's requirements for license renewal is up to the individual. Please refer to the CA state board rules regarding allowable topics and self-study limits: http://www.speechandhearing.ca.gov/licensees/ce_req.shtml. Live webinars on SpeechPathology.com do not count as self-study courses toward California professional development requirements.
Speech-Language and Audiology Canada
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