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Puget Sound VA Healthcare System (Deadline: 2/2/18)

Location: Puget Sound VA – Puget Sound, Washington

Application Deadline: February 2, 2018

Start Date: September 2018

Type: Veterans Affairs Medical Center

The VA Puget Sound Health Care System Clinical Fellowships provide experience in the evaluation and treatment of adults with cognitive communication impairments, aphasia, motor speech disorders, swallowing disorders/dysphagia and voice disorders.  The Clinical Fellow will have opportunity for training in performing fluoroscopic and endoscopic swallow evaluations, endoscopic voice evaluations, post laryngectomy voice restoration as well as assistive technology for augmenting communication and cognition.   The Clinical Fellow works closely with a variety of specialty services and teams, including Neurology, Neuropsychology, Rehabilitation Medicine, Nutrition, Otolaryngology, Primary Care, Multiple Sclerosis and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Care Teams, Spinal Cord Injury and Disease Unit, and the Traumatic Brain Injury/Polytrauma Program.

The yearlong Clinical Fellowships are divided into 4 separate rotations, located at both the Seattle and American Lake Division. The Seattle division includes experiences in acute care, inpatient rehabilitation and spinal cord injury units, a community living center, and specialty outpatient clinics (ALS, Head and Neck, Otolaryngology). The American Lake division (in Lakewood, Washington) focuses on experiences in general outpatient, the community living center, and the Polytrauma clinic and team (VA Puget Sound provides Polytrauma Care (Level II) services for OEF/OIF veterans). Outcomes/Evidence based practice for treatment across communicative, cognitive and swallowing disorders is emphasized.


  • CF positions are  twelve months. Tentatively scheduled to begin early September 2018.
  • CF positions are 40 hours per week (Monday-Friday) with a compensation package that includes salary, health benefits, and sick and annual leave.
  • These are temporary appointments without potential to become permanent positions.
  • Applicants with a strong academic background and/or clinical experience in neuroscience, neurogenic cognitive/ communication disorders, voice, and dysphagia are preferred.

*Only US citizens are eligible to apply.



Please send the following items all together in ONE PDF document. Please use label “SeattleVAapplication(lastname)”.

  1.  Resume/CV
  2.  Letter of interest
  3.  2 Letters of Recommendation from faculty or clinical supervisors –Letters should be scanned and emailed directly in same packet or hard copy sent to the address below.
  4.  Undergraduate and graduate transcripts (these can be unofficial)
  5.  A brief (1/2 – 1 page) summary of a memorable assessment and/or course of intervention with a patient: please provide a brief overview of your history with the patient, and why this experience was memorable.

All application packets must be received by COB on February 2 , 2018. All interviews will be held end of February or Early March 2018 (in person or via videoconference).  Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.  You will only be notified if you are being considered for an interview.

For further information or questions, interested candidates may contact Junette Hope McGougin at or (253) 583-1861.

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