Jan 22, 2018

Clinical Fellowship Opportunity West Palm Beach VA


The West Palm Beach VA Medical Center is a dynamic hospital comprised of 180 hospital beds (Intensive Care, Acute Medicine, Blind Rehabilitation and Psychiatric Health) as well as 120 Community Living Center (CLC) beds and a dedicated Hospice Unit.  More than 64,000 veterans receive health care at the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center annually.  We are affiliated with the University of Miami School of Medicine and train medical and dental interns, residents, and fellows in their specialties.  Our facility provides primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare in medicine, surgery, psychiatry and rehabilitation medicine.  The WPB VAMC serves as a Polytrauma Clinic Support Team (Level III) and provides services for Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) Veterans In addition, we provide telemedicine services to veterans in the community and in their homes. Veterans actively participate in treatment and support groups facilitated by the speech-language pathologists focusing on Parkinson’s Disease, Post-CVA Communication Skills, and Laryngectomy Rehabilitation.   

The Clinical Fellow will engage in a professionally challenging year gaining experience in evaluation and treatment of adults with dysphagia, cognitive communication impairments, aphasia, dysarthria and voice disorders. The candidate will also develop expertise in performing fluoroscopic and endoscopic swallow evaluations, endoscopic voice evaluations, and post-laryngectomy voice restoration. In addition, the Clinical Fellow can expect training in assistive technology (AAC) for augmenting communication and cognition. We also work closely with the OEF/OIF population, addressing their speech, language, and cognitive concerns.  Veterans are seen along the continuum of care, which includes ER admission, intensive/acute care, short-term rehabilitation, long-term care, outpatient and telemedicine rehabilitation. Our Speech-Language Pathology section maintains close interaction with a variety of specialty services, including Otolaryngology, Radiology, Neurology, Psychology, Social Work,  Pulmonary Medicine, Neuropsychology, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Nutrition & Food Service,  Blind Rehabilitation, and Prosthetics & Sensory Aid Service. In addition, the comprehensive ALS Interdisciplinary Team at our facility will provide a rich clinical experience.

VA Medical Center West Palm Beach is located on Florida’s beautiful, sunny southeast coast. The area offers a wide variety of land and sea recreational activities including an abundance of world class golf courses, parks, pristine beaches, and bike paths. The Palm Beaches offer a fascinating array of cultural venues including, concerts, theatre, shopping, and excellent dining opportunities.


§ The CF position is twelve months. To begin Summer/early Fall 2018.

§ 40 hours per week (Monday-Friday) with a compensation package that includes salary, health benefits, sick and annual leave. 

§ This is a temporary appointment without potential to become a permanent position. 

§ Applicants with a strong academic background and clinical experience in neuroscience, neurogenic cognitive/communication disorders, voice, and dysphagia are preferred.

§ Only US citizens are eligible to apply.


Please mail or e-mail the following in one packet:

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV).

2) Letter of interest summarizing pertinent coursework and experience in medical speech-language pathology.

3) Two letters of recommendation from faculty or clinical supervisors sent in a sealed envelope or e-mailed directly to the e-mail address below.

4) A transcript from your graduate program (may be unofficial).

Interviews for selected applicants will be scheduled in person or via videoconference in late February/early March  2018.

For consideration, please e-mail complete application packets to:


Loreen Blumenthal Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Speech-Language Pathology (126)

7305 N. Military Trail

West Palm Beach, FL  33410

Complete application packets must be received by COB  Friday, FEBRUARY 23,  2018.

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered

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