Speech Language Pathology Clinical Fellowship Program

Our mission

Provide mentorship and advanced practice experience through evidence based clinical methods and didactic learning to foster leaders in the speech language pathology profession.

Program description
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The clinical fellowship program will provide the fellow with clinical training and didactic learning with adults in the hospital and outpatient settings. This is a multi-faculty program that allows fellows to receive mentorship from experienced clinicians to build a full-time caseload across multiple diagnosis.

This is a 48 week (11 month) program from June-April with the majority of the learning taking place within the adult hospital setting. The hospital session/term is composed of a series of clinical rotations including neurology, intensive care unit, head/neck, videofluoroscopic swallow study, and general medical. The adult outpatient rotation focuses on aerodigestive and voice diagnoses with occasional exposure to the cognition, aphasia, and dysphagia diagnoses.

Program outcomes
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At the conclusion of the fellowship, the fellow will receive their Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) indicating a professional credential that serves as a mark for excellence and an indicator of an independent practicing clinician.

Minimum requirements
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Master's degree in speech language pathology by May 31. Provisional license in the state of Michigan.

Application process
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Applications will be accepted from 1/22-3/1 at 11:59pm (ET). Applicants will be contacted regarding their status within 2-4 weeks following the application deadline.

Applicants should submit their resume, along with an essay of 1,000 words or less addressing why they are seeking this clinical fellowship, and what experiences or qualities they have that will allow them to succeed in this role.

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Karen Duffy, MA, CCC-SLP
  • Clinical Education Coordinator
  • Trained in VFSS and FEES
Alessandra Puzio, MS, CCC-SLP
  • Certified in MDTP, MBSImp, and FEES
  • Trained in VFSS
Sydney Pacek, SLPD, CCC-SLP
  • AmpCare ESP certified
Jami Elzinga, MS, CCC-SLP
  • Trained in VFSS and FEES
  • Certified in myofascial release, with a special interest in head and neck cancer, and treating patients post-surgically
Meghan Killeen, MS, CCC-SLP
  • Certified in MDTP and myofascial release, with special interest in head and neck cancer, and treating patients post-surgically
Melanie Beukema M.S. CCC-SLP
  • Certification in LSVT, stroboscopy, myofascial release, and FEES