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. The WPB VAMC serves as a Polytrauma Clinic Support Team (Level III) and provides services for Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn (OEF/OIF/OND) veterans. In addition, we provide telemedicine services to veterans in the community and in their homes, and we are in the process of launching our Home Care Program. Veterans also participate in treatment and support groups facilitated by the speech-language pathologists focusing on Parkinson’s Disease, Post-CVA Communication Skills, and Laryngectomy.
The Clinical Fellow will engage in a professionally challenging year gaining experience in evaluation and evidence based treatment of adults with dysphagia, cognitive-communication impairments, aphasia, dysarthria and voice disorders. The candidate will also develop skills in fluoroscopic and endoscopic swallow evaluations, endoscopic voice evaluations, and post-laryngectomy voice restoration. In addition, the Clinical Fellow will receive training in assistive technology (AAC) for augmenting communication and cognition. We also work closely with the OEF/OIF/OND population, addressing their speech, language, and cognitive concerns. Veterans are seen along the continuum of care, including 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 Audiology, Otolaryngology, Radiology, Neurology, Psychology, Social Work, Pulmonary Medicine, Neuropsychology, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Nutrition & Food Service, Blind Rehabilitation, and Prosthetics & Sensory Aid Service. The Speech-Language Pathologists coordinate the Comprehensive ALS Interdisciplinary Team at our facility, which will provide a rich clinical experience.
§ The CF position is twelve months. Tentatively scheduled to begin Late Summer/Fall 2019.
§ 40 hours per week (Monday-Friday) with a compensation package that includes a stipend of $41,698 plus health benefits, sick and annual leave.
§ This is a temporary appointments without potential to become a permanent position.
§ 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.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLYING:
Please send the following via e-mail titled: (last name) 2019 CFY in one PDF document labeled the same:
2) Letter of interest describing your background, professional interests and why you would like to be a part of our team
3) 2 letters of recommendation from faculty or clinical supervisors (included in the PDF)
4) Graduate program transcripts (may be unofficial)
Application e-mail must be received by COB Monday, February 4, 2019.
Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Candidates will be contacted before March 15, 2019.
Please e-mail applications to :: Loreen.Blumenthal@va.gov
Interviews for top candidates will be scheduled in person or via videoconference by March 2019.