Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Speech Language Pathologist - Swallowing Specialist in Boston, Massachusetts

Speech Language Pathologist - Swallowing Specialist

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Job LocationBoston, Massachusetts

Req ID 18260BR

Department Description: HOURS:: (40-hours)

The Voice, Speech & Swallowing Service at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is comprised of a select number of highly skilled voice and swallowing specialists who work collaboratively to provide the highest quality of rehabilitative care at this Harvard-affiliated Level I Trauma Center. Speech-Language Pathologists have the opportunity to evaluate and treat medically-complex inpatients and outpatients from a wide variety of medical / surgical specialties, including otolaryngology, hematology / oncology, gastroenterology, general surgery, medicine, trauma, neurology, and neurosurgery. Adult swallowing specialist as the primary role with secondary interest and skill set in infant feeding in the NICU strongly preferred.Job Location: Boston, MAReq ID: 18260BRJob Summary: Responsible for providing evaluation and treatment services for patients referred with speech, language, voice, cognitive-linguistic and/or swallowing disorders. Services are provided on an inpatient and outpatient basis.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Evaluate patients; Determine appropriateness of referral, etiology & extent of the communication, swallowing or voice disorder; Examination may include use of videofluoroscopic oropharyngeal swallowing evaluation, FEES, &/or videostroboscopic voice evaluation. Remain up to date with current evidenced based practice standards; meets requirements for annual continuing education.

  • Interpret evaluation results and makes appropriate recommendations for management and treatment. Develop appropriate goals and therapeutic program. Identify diagnosis, prognosis & discuss plan of care in collaboration with patient, family, supports and medical team as appropriate.

  • Provide therapy, implementing the plan of care using therapeutic procedures, equipment / devices, teaching interventions, with ongoing collaboration and referral to additional health care providers to achieve patient's goals and to optimize function. Re-evaluate patient status, review & modify the plan of care, as needed.

  • Manage a defined caseload and perform all administrative responsibilities including but not limited to: data collection and record keeping e.g. billing, face-time sheets, quality assurance / improvement activities, participation on all hospital and departmental committees as requested, and attendance at department meetings, in-services, journal club & case conference as required.

  • Perform all teaching responsibilities including but not limited to: teaching patients and families, residents, nurses & other hospital staff; orienting support staff; Preparing and presenting clinical in-services, and providing interdepartmental in-service educational lectures. Participating on hospital and departmental committees as requested.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master's degree required in Communications Disorders.

  • License required: Speech Language Pathologist Li,Certificate 1 required: Cert of Clin Competence - SLP,Certificate 2 required: Basic Life Support

  • 1-3 years related work experience required.

  • Experience with computer systems required, including web based applications and some Microsoft Office applications which may include Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Access.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous experience in an acute care setting, including experience with patients on ventilators and/or with tracheotomy tubes.

  • Previous experience in an outpatient voice clinic, including experience with trans-nasal endoscopy


  • Written Communications: Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in written English with internal and external customers.

  • Oral Communications: Ability to comprehend and communicate complex verbal information in English to medical center staff, patients, families and external customers.

  • Knowledge: Ability to demonstrate full working knowledge of standard concepts, practices, procedures and policies with the ability to use them in varied situations.

  • Team Work: Ability to work collaboratively in small teams to improve the operations of immediate work group by offering ideas, identifying issues, and respecting team members.

  • Customer Service: Ability to provide a high level of customer service to patients, visitors, staff and external customers in a professional, service-oriented, respectful manner using skills in active listening and problem solving. Ability to remain calm in stressful situations.

Age based Competencies:

Employees in this job must be competent to provide patient care to the following age groups: Middle Age: 30 - 60 years, Elderly: 60 -.

Physical Nature of the Job:

Medium work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and or up to 20 pounds of force frequently. Job is physical in nature and employee needs to stand and/or move around through the majority of their shift.