NWCVS Training and Education

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Grand Rounds

The NW Clinic for Voice & Swallowing offers a quarterly series of professional development lectures for  Otolaryngologists and Speech-Language Pathologists. There is no registration fee to attend. Please feel free to attend one or all of the lectures in the series. Pre-registration is required. Please RSVP using the online link below:

Lectures are held from 2:00–4:30 p.m. Locations may change throughout the year. Please refer to email reminders for location information and directions as needed. Please email with additional questions. 

Grand Rounds in Voice & Swallowing 2019 flyer


Best Practices for Vocal Health: What's the Evidence? 

Date: Friday March 8th, 2:00-4:30pm 

Location: Center for Health & Healing, 3rd Floor Conference Room (Room 4) 

Aaron Ziegler, PhD, CCC-SLP
Karen Drake, MA, CCC-SLP
Joshua Schindler, MD  

Course Description: Optimal voice production occurs in the setting of a healthy vocal mechanism. When the physical environment for voicing is impacted by behaviors that cause injury, the risk for developing vocal injury and dysphonia increase. For those reasons, prevention of voice disorders focuses on educating individuals on behaviors to maintain a healthy vocal mechanism. For patients with dysphonia, clinicians administer indirect voice therapy by providing education and counseling on choices that will improve the physical environment for voicing. This presentation will discuss current evidence on best practices for vocal health and wellness as part of a comprehensive management plan for patients with voice disorders in addition to prevention measures for individuals with a normal voice. Participants will learn evidence-based recommendations for voice care that target a variety of irritants of the vocal mechanism. In addition, we will discuss prominent myths on keeping the voice healthy that pervade the general public. Finally, we will describe motivational interviewing tools clinicians can utilize to improve patients' motivation and commitment to changing their voice care behaviors for the prevention and treatment of voice disorders. 

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Upcoming Conferences in 2019

The OHSU Introductory FEES Course

Overview: The OHSU FEES course is a two day foundation course designed to provide SLPs, ENTs and other licensed medical professionals with the necessary skills to begin implementation of the FEES procedure in their institution. Combining lectures with hands-on training, the workshop is taught in a small-group seminar format. Class size is limited in order to maximize learner outcomes and to ensure adequate hands-on endoscopy training. Training occurs using the equipment in the NW Clinic for Voice & Swallowing at OHSU. Handouts covering the course content are provided for all attendees. The FEES Course is not open to graduate students and assumes . Those with previous dysphagia experience in a medical setting will likely benefit most from the training. The course is offered annually. The next offering will be: April 12th and 13th

Conference Faculty: The workshop is taught by Andrew Palmer, PhD, CCC-SLP, a speech pathologist and Assistant Professor in the Otolaryngology Department at Oregon Health and Science University in conjunction with other Speech Pathology faculty from the NW Clinic for Voice & Swallowing. He has taught hands-on FEES courses nationally at various facilities around the U.S. which have developed FEES programs and originally trained with Susan Langmore. 

More information: With questions or to be notified about future offerings, please contact Andrew Palmer at or 503 494-8885.


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Clinical Fellowship (CF) in Speech Language Pathology 2019-20

Full-time clinical fellowships (2) are being offered at the NW Center for Voice and Swallowing, Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery of Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. The primary purpose of the program is to train professionals in the areas of voice and swallowing disorders. Training in direct patient care to patients (adult and pediatric) with voice disorders; alaryngeal voice restoration, speech and swallowing disorders after head and neck cancer and adult dysphagia.

Training program description for Speech-Language Pathology 

The training program is primarily clinical in nature. The NWCVS at OHSU has a faculty of 12 speech-language pathologists. Training experiences include interdisciplinary team assessments of adults and children with voice disorders and vocal cord dysfunction, adult dysphagia, alaryngeal rehabilitation as well as, speech and swallowing disorders in the head and neck cancer patient. Independent study and collaborative research is part of the training program. Didactic offerings, both at the NW Center for Voice and Swallowing, Otolaryngology and throughout the greater Oregon Health & Science University augment the Fellowship experience. 


Applicants should have the minimum of a master's degree in speech-language pathology and meet all the requirements for certification except the Clinical Fellowship.  Applicants must meet all the requirements for the Oregon Board of Examiners Conditional License in Speech-Language Pathology.   

Applicants should submit 1) a letter of intent including background and areas of interest, 2) a resume/CV, 3) three letters of reference qualified to comment on the status of the applicant and 4) a sample of writing (term/research paper, article, thesis, etc.). 

Applications due by Monday, March 18, 2019. 


The stipend for 2019-2020 is TBD in addition to health benefits. This is a 12 month appointment.  The beginning date for the fellowship is August 26, 2019 and it ends August 21, 2020.  

To Apply 

Applications will be accepted starting February 13, 2019. At that time, submit the following to OHSU's Human Resources:

  • Current Letter of Intention
  • CV
  • 3 Letters of recommendation
  • A sample of your writing (term paper, research article, etc.). 
If preferred, letters of recommendation may be sent electronically or mailed directly to Dr. Graville.
Position #: IRC79838
Department: ENT Voice & Swallowing Center

Donna J Graville, PhD, CCC-SLP
Associate Professor,
Director of the NW Center for Voice and Swallowing
Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery
Oregon Health & Science University
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road, PV 01
Portland, OR 97239
503 494-3228 Phone
503 346-6826 Fax