Monica Marks
Dec 12, 2018






Positions begin: SEPTEMBER 2019

Deadline for Applications: February 1 , 2019

The VA Puget Sound Health Care System Clinical Fellowships provide experience in the evaluation and treatment of adults with cognitive communication impairments, aphasia, motor speech disorders, swallowing disorders/dysphagia and voice disorders.  The Clinical Fellow will have opportunity for training in performing fluoroscopic andendoscopic swallow evaluations, endoscopic voice evaluations, post laryngectomy voice restoration as well as assistive technology for augmenting communication and cognition.   The Clinical Fellow works closely with a variety of specialty services and teams, including Neurology, Neuropsychology, Rehabilitation Medicine, Nutrition, Otolaryngology, Primary Care, Multiple Sclerosis and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Care Teams, Spinal Cord Injury and Disease Unit, and the Traumatic Brain Injury/Polytrauma Program. 

The yearlong Clinical Fellowships are divided into 4 separate rotations, located at both the Seattle and American Lake Division. The Seattle division includes experiences in acute care, inpatient rehabilitation and spinal cord injury units, a community living center, and specialty outpatient clinics (ALS, Head and Neck, Otolaryngology). The American Lake division (in Lakewood, Washington) focuses on experiences in general outpatient, the community living center, and the Polytrauma clinic and team (VA Puget Sound provides Polytrauma Care (Level II) services for OEF/OIF veterans). Outcomes/Evidence based practice for treatment across communicative, cognitive and swallowing disorders is emphasized. 


* CF positions are twelve months.Tentatively scheduled to begin early September 2019.

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

* These are temporary appointmentswithout potential to become permanent positions.

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

*Only US citizens are eligible to apply.


Please send the following items all together in ONE PDF document. Please use label “(lastname SeattleVAapplication)”.

1)  Resume/CV

2)  Letter of interest

3)  2 Letters of Recommendation from faculty orclinical supervisors –Letters should be scanned and emailed directly in same packet or hard copy sent to the address below.

4)  Undergraduate and graduate transcripts (these can be unofficial)

5)  A brief (1/2 - 1 page) summary of a memorable assessment and/or course of intervention with a patient: please provide a brief overview of your history with the patient, and why this experience was memorable.

A complete application packet must be received by COB on February 1 , 2019. Interviews for top candidate will be scheduled week of 3/4/2019 to 3/7/2019 (in person or via videoconference). Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

For further information or questions, interested candidates may contact Junette Hope McGougin at

Junette.McGougin2@va.govor (253) 583-1861.

Junette Hope McGougin, MCD, CCC-SLP

Speech Pathology Assistant Chief

VA Puget Sound Health Care System

American Lake Division

9600 Veterans Drive

Tacoma, WA  98493

Phone:  253-583-1861

Fax:  253-589-4068

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