Medical Setting Resources
The purpose of the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association (TSHA) Medical Committee is to promote current practice information, education, high-quality resources, and collaborations and networking related to medical speech pathology across the state of Texas.
We have been working hard to keep you up-to-date with current practice information and education in medical practice settings. The 2019-2020 Medical Committee members included Stefanie Parker, Rachel Parry, Julian Garcia, Ashley Geer, Tammis Chadwell, Melanie VanNoy, Melissa Cooprider, Kathy Soland, Adanna Burrell, Mkinna Decker (student member), Co-Chair Shannon Presley, and Co-Chair Suzanne Bonifert.
ASHA Health Care Survey
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) conducts the Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) Health Care Survey to gather information about professional issues related to health care-based services. The survey includes information such as types of settings, caseload characteristics, practice trends, and much more. Results from the survey are presented on the ASHA website at https://www.asha.org/research/memberdata/healthcare-survey.
Medical Review Modules
The TSHA Medical Committee has developed a series of short PowerPoint modules focused on medically based topics ranging from pediatrics to adult clinical care, technically based aspects of documentation as well as professionalism, ethics, mentoring, and networking. These modules are excellent resources for the new graduate looking for a career in a medical setting or for the clinician who may be transitioning to a medically based setting.
- Module 1: Technical Aspects
- Module 2A: Aphasia and Cognition
- Module 2B and 2C: Dysphagia, Trach and Vent Care and Motor Speech
- Module 3: Medical Career
- Module 4A and 4B: Ethics and Professionalism
- Module 5: Mentoring & Networking
- Module 6: Infant Feeding
- Module 7: Pediatric Feeding
- Module 8: Coding
Medical SLP Work Settings
Are you are looking to transition into the area of medical speech pathology? Each issue of the 2020 Communicologist will feature a “Day in the Life” article with snapshots of what you might expect to encounter during a typical workday in the six most common medical practice settings.
- Acute care—hospital
- Long-term acute care (LTAC)—hospital
- Acute/inpatient rehabilitation—hospital
- A Day in the Life
- Long-term care—skilled nursing facility (SNF)
- A Day in the Life
- Home Health Care
The TSHA Medical Committee recommends the following resources for additional information specific to practice in various health care settings.
- Setting-specific information on the ASHA website: https://www.asha.org/slp/healthcare/
- Blog posts:
- Acute care: https://tactustherapy.com/day-in-the-life-acute-care-slp/
- Rehab: https://tactustherapy.com/day-in-the-life-rehab-slp-bhsm/
- Long-term acute care hospital (LTACH): https://blog.asha.org/2015/10/06/things-to-think-about-if-you-want-to-work-in-an-ltach-setting/
- SNF: https://tactustherapy.com/snf-slp-day-in-the-life/
- Pediatric medical: http://inside.akronchildrens.org/2014/10/21/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-speech-language-pathologist/
- Voice: http://www.atempovoicecenter.com/blog/2017/8/8/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-voice-slp
- Blog posts related to SLPs transitioning into medical settings:
- Transition from a public school setting to a medical setting: https://tactustherapy.com/transition-school-to-medical-slp/
- Transition from a public school setting to a hospital setting: https://www.newgradspeechtherapy.com/schools-hospitals