FEES 2023: Instrumental Dysphagia Assessment-Brownsville, TX


Transnasal endoscopy training (FEES) for Speech-Language Pathologists assessing oropharyngeal swallowing functions. Content included FEES development, anatomy/physiology, protocols/procedures, equipment needs, medical issues & infection control procedures, scoring, analysis & interpretation.  Participants received hands-on endoscope training & case-based analysis exercises.

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SKU: FEES 2023 Basic Course-HCA Valley Regional Medical Center Category:


Course Information:

Course Dates: 

June 3-4, 2023 (Registration Closes: COB May 18, 2023)

Hosted by:

HCA Valley Regional Medical Center

100 East Alton Gloor Blvd.

Brownsville, TX 78526

Local Contact: Michael D. Zavala, OTR, OTD             (michael.zavala@hcahealthcare.com)

Presented By:

SA Swallowing Services, PLLC

Nashville, Tennessee

Registration/Course Contact: John R. Ashford, Ph.D. John@sasspllc.com


To provide a two-day training course for Speech-Language Pathologists in the use of transnasal endoscopy to assess pharyngeal dysphagia using a standard FEES assessment protocol, and scoring and analysis procedures.

Objectives: At the completion of this course participants should be able to:

  • describe and demonstrate safe and efficient manual dexterity skills necessary to insert and manipulate a nasoendoscope to assess the oropharynx, larynx, and hypopharynx before, during, & after each swallowing event;
  • describe and apply the elements comprising the standard FEES administration protocol when assessing oropharyngeal dysphagia;

  • analyze and explain normal and abnormal swallowing events using correct anatomical terms and predetermined scoring scales for airway protection and pharyngeal peristalsis;

  • describe and apply predetermined and industry-standard steps and precautions when disinfecting or sterilizing endoscopic equipment after use; and

  • identify and describe patient-related risks and contraindications for administering the FEES procedure.

Faculty & Disclosures: 

Matthew Ward, M.S., CCC-SLP: A contract associate with SA Swallowing Services, Clinical Education Director, and researcher. He has practiced primarily in hospitals and nursing facilities. His specialty areas are swallowing, speech, language, and cognitive disorders.  He has been with SASS since 2016 and is licensed and certified as a provider and instructor of swallowing endoscopy in Tennessee.

Disclosures: Financial: Contract Associate with SA Swallowing Services, PLLC, paid course instructor; Non-financial: None.

Travis Camp, M.S., CCC-SLP: Formerly, a traveling medical Speech-Language Pathologist in several states, he is licensed and certified in FEES Endoscopy serving hospitals and nursing care facilities in middle Tennessee and northern Georgia.  He joined SASS in 2018 as a FEES clinician and has moved forward as an instructor and researcher.

Disclosures: Financial: Contract Associate with SA Swallowing Services, PLLC, paid course instructor; Non-financial: None.

Christina Everett, M.S., CCC-SLP: Contract associate with SA Swallowing Services.  A medical Speech-Language Pathologist with clinical experience in acute care and nursing home care. She is ASHA-certified and is licensed and certified as an instructor in swallowing endoscopy in Tennessee. She joined SASS in 2020 as a clinician, instructor, and researcher.

Disclosures: Financial: Contract Associate with SA Swallowing Services, PLLC, paid course instructor; Non-financial: None.

Other Disclosures:

-Valley Regional Medical Center: Financial: Tuition sponsorship; Non-financial: Use of facility meeting space.

Intended Audience Only:

Speech-Language Pathologists employed by or associated with Valley Regional Medical Center with earned Master’s degree or above. Registration by non-SLP professionals is not permitted.

Course Agenda:

Day One: 8:00 to 5:00

  • Introduction  (20m)
  • Surface Anatomy and Anatomy Exercise (50m)
  • Endoscopy Laboratory 1 (40m)
  • Underlying Anatomy &Physiology of Swallowing (40m)
  • Medical Issues & Nasoendoscopy (30 min)
  • Nasoendoscopic & FEES Equipment (30m)
  • Infection Control Requirements & Procedures (30m)
  • Endoscope Insertion & Handling (30 min)
  • Small-Group, Hands-on Nasoendoscopy/FEES Labs & Computer Analysis Labs (230m)

Day Two: 8:00 to 4:30

  • FEES Protocols & Procedures (60m)
  • Scoring FEES Using Rating Scales (60m)
  • Analyzing Swallow & Airway Protection Behaviors (60m)
  • FEES: Behavioral Intervention & EBP (60m)
  • FEES Procedural Demonstration (30m)
  • Small-Group, Hands-on Nasoendoscopy/FEES Labs & Computer Analysis Labs (195m)

Course Tuition and Registration:

  • Staff tuition is sponsored by Valley Regional Medical Center.
  • Registration is through the Brownsville, TX – Valley Regional Medical Center Registration Portal on the SASS website, www.sasspllc.com.
  • A maximum of 15 participants will be registered for each of the two courses. The last day to register for these training courses is May 18, 2023.

Continuing Education Credit:

This course is offered for 1.6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level).

Completion Requirements:

Participants are expected to be present for the entire program. Individuals who are not present for the full program will not be recommended for ASHA CEUs. No partial credit will be provided.

Course Switching and Cancellation Policies: 

Cancellations: For cancellations, please contact Michael Zavala, local arrangements coordinator (michael.zavala@hcahealthcare.com), and John R. Ashford, course director, (John@sasspllc.com) as soon as possible