The New Mexico VA Health Care System is pleased to announce a speech-language pathology clinical fellowship (CF) position for the 2018-19 year. The Clinical Fellowship provides experience in the evaluation and treatment of adults with cognitive communication impairments, aphasia, motor speech disorders, swallowing disorders/dysphagia and voice disorders. Specialty areas in head & neck cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, TBI, trach/vent, AAC, and transgender voice are also offered. The Speech-Language Pathology department has 4.5 SLPs and is co-located with Audiology and Otolaryngology, which facilitates our interdisciplinary approach to patient care, including head and neck cancer patients in particular. Our department serves acute and subacute inpatients, outpatients (in-clinic and telehealth), and rehabilitation residents of the Community Living Center. Over the course of the 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 augmenting communication and cognition. 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 mins 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 every October.
The position is tentatively scheduled to begin the Summer or Fall of 2018 and is a full time (Monday-Friday) 12 month position, with a compensation package that includes salary, health benefits, and sick and 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
Graduate transcript (may be unofficial) Please send documents as a single PDF when possible. Email subject should read “2018 CFY”. All application packets must be received by close of business (5pm MST) on Monday, February 19th, 2018. Interviews for selected applicants will be scheduled for March 2018 (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 (520) 792- 1450 x5275.