The New Mexico VA Health Care System is pleased to announce a speech-language pathology clinical fellowship (CF)
position for the 2021-22 year. The Clinical Fellowship provides a well-rounded experience in the evaluation and
treatment of adults in all areas of medical speech pathology including dysphagia, speech and language disorders,
cognitive disorders, voice disorders, and tracheostomy. Specialty areas in head & neck cancer, neurodegenerative
diseases, TBI, trach/vent, AAC, and transgender voice are also offered. Our department serves inpatients, outpatients
(in-clinic and telehealth), and rehabilitation residents of the Community Living Center.
Over the course of this year long rotation, the Clinical Fellow can expect to have a combination of inpatient and
outpatient experience to include training in swallow evaluations (bedside, fluoroscopic, and endoscopic), endoscopic
voice evaluations (flexible and rigid), post laryngectomy voice restoration, language and cognitive therapy, participation
in comprehensive rehab teams for ALS, Parkinson’s, and Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), as well as assistive technology for
augmentative communication. The CF will work with a variety of specialty services and teams via interdisciplinary rounds
and collaboration, including: Otolaryngology, General Medicine Hospitalist teams, Nursing, Neurology, Neuropsychology,
Rehabilitation Medicine, Nutrition, SCI, and Primary Care.
Located in the high desert of northern New Mexico, Albuquerque experiences four seasons a year which allows for the
enjoyment of one of the most diverse geographical regions in the country year-round. Running along the Rio Grande
trail, hiking, mountain and road biking, climbing, boating, and winter sports are all within a 20 minute to 2-hour drive.
Albuquerque has a unique and rich culture, southwest cuisine, and thriving local brewery scene. The University and
downtown have a variety of shops, restaurants, and monthly activities. The world-renowned Balloon Fiesta is hosted
annually in October.
The position is tentatively scheduled to begin the Fall of 2021 and is a full time (Monday-Friday) 12 month position, with
a compensation package that includes salary, health benefits, and sick & annual leave.
Instructions to apply:
Email the following to Rebecca.Brinkerhoff@va.gov:
• Letter of interest
• Two letters of recommendation from faculty or clinical supervisors (can be included in PDF packet or sent
• Graduate transcript (may be unofficial)
Please send documents as a single PDF. Email subject should read “LAST NAME_2021-22 CFY”.
All application packets must be received by close of business (5pm MST) on Monday, February 8th, 2021. Interviews for
selected applicants will be scheduled for late February 2021 (in person or via videoconference). Late or incomplete
applications will not be considered.
For further information or questions, please contact Rebecca Brinkerhoff at Rebecca.Brinkerhoff@va.gov or (505) 265-