FEES 2024: Instrumental Dysphagia Assessment-San Antonio, TX


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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 2024 Basic Course-Methodist Hospital-San Antonio-TX-1 Category:


Course Information:

Course Dates: 

January 20-21, 2024 (Sunday-Monday) (Registration Closes January 3, 2024)

Maximum Number of Seats in the Course: 


Type of Course:

Open Registration For Any SLP

Hosted by:

Methodist Hospital

4450 Medical Drive

San Antonio, TX 78229

Type of Course:

Local Contact: Jennifer Hunt, OTR, MOT, C/NDT             (jennifer.targac@MHSheaslth.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.

Sherri Coker, M.S., CCC-SLP; RN: As a medical Speech-Language Pathologist for six years, she has worked in hospitals and nursing care facilities. Prior to coming to Speech-Language Pathology, she practiced as a registered ER nurse for eight years. She is a contract Associate with SA Swallowing Services 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.

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.

Michelle Skelley, M.Ed., CCC-SLP: Co-founder and President of SA Swallowing Services. She is a medical Speech-Language Pathologist and FEES Endoscopist serving rehabilitation hospitals and nursing homes across Tennessee and parts of Kentucky and Georgia. She also is the supervisor/instructor for on-site FEES competency training. She is licensed and certified as a provider and instructor of swallowing endoscopy per Tennessee statutes.

Disclosures: Financial: Co-Owner of SA Swallowing Services, PLLC, paid course instructor; Non-financial: None.

Other Disclosures:

-Methodist Hospital: Financial: None; Non-financial: Use of facility meeting space.

Intended Audience:

Speech-Language Pathologists employed in a medical setting with an 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:

  • $635.00 per participant.  Hands-on endoscope training and a 140-page training manual (lecture powerpoints, scoring forms, report examples, and other information) to take home.  A maximum of 16 participants will be registered for this course. Student and group discounts are not permitted. The last day to register for this training course is January 3, 2024.
  • Complete the registration information requested on the Checkout Page.  Be sure to include your ASHA or NSSHLA account number for ASHA CEUs.
  • Participants must pay online using a credit card only. NO checks. No group discounts or complimentary seats.

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.

Cancellation and Refund Policies: 

Participant Cancellations: Contact John Ashford as soon as possible. Notice of cancellation is essential for other SLPs unable to register to be considered for course participation. Cancellation affects course materials preparations.

Cancellation 30 days or more before the course date, full tuition, less credit card processing fees, will be refunded within 30 days following the course completion date.  Cancellation between 11 and 29 days before the course, 50% of tuition will be refunded.  Cancellation 10 days or less before the course, loss of full tuition.  Requests to switch registration to a later course will be made without charge if received 30 days or more before the original registered course.  Requests to switch courses received less than 30 days before the original course date will be subject to a $150.00 reprocessing and scheduling charge.

SASS Cancellation: If SASS must cancel the course, you will receive a full refund.