Fueled by the health care system's efforts to control hospital-acquired infections, such as pneumonia, and mitigate other life-shortening adverse events associated with dysphagia, the demand for experienced, skilled, and decisive practitioners of medical speech language pathology continues to grow.
The aerodigestive tract–the upper part of the respiratory and digestive systems–serves physiologic functions first (including swallowing), and communication functions second. Understanding the normal and pathological physiologic function of both "halves" of the aerodigestive system is crucial to the selection of intuitive and appropriate diagnostic procedures and management plans in patients with communication and swallowing disorders caused by pulmonary and digestive diseases, artificial airways, iatrogenic disorders following cardiothoracic and other procedures, and neurological conditions.
At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
This course is offered for 1 ASHA CEU, intermediate professional level.
Dr. Coyle is professor of communication science and disorders at the University of Pittsburgh where he co-developed the department's clinical doctorate program in medical speech language pathology. He teaches undergraduate, master, and doctoral SLP students both in the classroom and the clinic through his active caseload in the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where he also conducts dysphagia research. He is a board certified specialist in swallowing disorders and an ASHA fellow, and lectures nationally and internationally about the medical aspects of our profession.
Dr. Coyle receives a salary from the University of Pittsburgh and grants from the NIH. He has no other non-financial disclosures to submit.
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Early registration is encouraged; day-of-registration course materials will be limited. Light refreshments will be served; lunch is on your own. The temperature in this space can fluctuate, so you may want to dress in layers.
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