15. May 2021 - 8:00
Wellstar North Fulton, Roswell
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Get Focused: An Advanced FEES Interpretation Workshop: Atlanta, GA | Saturday, 15. May 2021

This course will help you take your FEES interpretation skills to the next level!

About this Event

This course is a workshop for clinicians who have already received FEES Training. The purpose of this course is to improve clinicians’ interpretation skills. This course will outline a FEES protocol, discuss research supporting rationale for FEES, and discuss implementation of rating scales for FEES interpretation. There will be exercises to practice verbiage for describing laryngeal abnormalities and interpretation of a variety of swallowing abnormalities with the goal of improving analysis of FEES exam and documentation of findings. This unique course is taught by skilled FEES clinicians from two different backgrounds, acute care and long term care. Participants will be expected to bring a laptop computer and headphones (earbuds are fine) and will receive a flash drive with course slides, supporting PDFs, and video examples to take home. Lunch is included on Day 1. 


Wellstar North Fulton 3000 Hospital Blvd, Roswell GA 30076

Alpharetta Conference Room 


Park in parking garage and use main entrance to the hospital.  The classrooms are immediately on the left when you enter the building

Hotel Recommendations:

Aloft Alpharetta:  7895 North Point Parkway Alpharetta, GA 30022

Hotel Avalon: 9000 Avalon Blvd. Atlanta, GA 30009

Hampton Inn Alpharetta/Roswell:  10740 Westside Way Alpharetta, GA 30009


This course is taught by Beth Cormell, M.S., CCC-SLP and Selena Reece, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCS-S.

Beth Cormell, M.S.,CCC-SLP has been a Speech-Language Pathologist for over 25 years. She graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and is currently working as a clinical SLP at UNCRex Healthcare in Raleigh, NC. She initiated the FEES program at UNCRex in 1997, and since, has completed thousands of FEES. Beth not only trains all UNCRex speech staff on FEES, but has also been instrumental in training clinicians and implementing new FEES program throughout the country. She has taught FEES courses for more than 18 years, has presented short courses on FEES implementation and application at NCSHLA’s Annual Convention and at the ASHA Convention. She has been deemed competent for supervision and training in FEES by a board certified Otolaryngologist

Selena Reece received her Master’s degree from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003 and became a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing in 2015. She has worked in acute care, outpatient, and inpatient rehabilitation settings. She currently serves as the Director of Educational Resources for Carolina Speech Pathology, while carrying an active caseload providing mobile FEES services. Selena has been training clinicians on FEES throughout the U.S. since 2012. She was featured on Swallow Your Pride Podcast, Episode 18 and has presented at state and national conferences. Selena serves as a mentor through the American Board of Swallowig and Swallowng Disorders. She has been deemed competent for supervision and training in FEES by a board certified Otolaryngologist.


Beth Cormell has the following financial relationship to disclose: Ms. Cormell is a paid employee of RexUNC in Raleigh, NC and receives payment for this course. Ms. Cormell is also the owner of Dysphagia Seminars, PLLC. Ms Cormell has no non-financial relationships to disclose. 

Selena Reece has the following financial relationship to disclose. She is a salaried employee of Carolina Speech Pathology, LLC. Ms. Reece has no non-financial relationships to disclose.


Early Bird: $325 (ends 3/31/2021)

Regular Registration: $350

Learning Objectives:

Following this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Accurately identify anatomical variations and determine appropriate referrals.
  2. Identify normal and abnormal swallowing during FEES, including normal aging variants. 
  3. Implement use of rating scales to improve intra and inter-rater reliability for FEES.
  4. Accurately analyze and interpret FEES exams.


Day 1:

8:00: Sign in (complimentary coffee and pastries)

8:15: Welcome, Introductions

8:30: Overview of FEES Protocol

9:30: Describe Normal Anatomical Variants and Abnormal Anatomical Abnormalities

10:30: Independent Practice: Evaluate A/P Exams

11:00: What is Normal?

11:30: Secretion Rating Scales

12:00: Lunch (provided)

1:00: Introduction to Penetration Aspiration Rating Scales

1:30: Independent Practice: Rating Penetration and Aspiration

2:00: Introduction to Residue Rating Scales

2:30: Independent Practice: Rating Residue 

3:00: Scoring for Inflammation and Identifying Esophageal Dysphagia

3:30: Independent Practice with Inflammation and Esophageal Dysphagia

4:00: Special Considerations for the Medical SLP

5:00: Adjourn 

Day 2:

8:00: Review and Q/A from Day 1

8:30: Addressing Intervention with FEES

9:00: Independent Practice: Full Exam #1

10:00: Complications: What to Do

10:30: Show and Tell: Interesting Cases

11:00: Independent Practice Full Exam #2

12:00: Final Q/A

12:30: Adjourn

*Agenda may fluctuate  

This course is offered for 1.2 ASHA CEUs (Professional Area, Advanced Level)

Successful participation in this course includes 100% attendance. All participants who successfully completed this course will receive a course completion certificate via email within one week of completing this course. If you would like your participation reported to ASHA, you must complete the ASHA Participation form that was provided to you at the course and submit to the course instructor prior to leaving the course. ASHA CE Providers have up to 45 days from the course's end date to send your participation to the ASHA CE Registry. The ASHA CE Registry processing time usually takes one week. During periods of heavy volume, processing time may be longer. If you have any questions, please email email or call 877-390-1887.


Full refunds are offered 30 days prior to the course date less a $50 cancellation fee. If cancellations are less than 30 days from the course date, no refunds will be issued; however participants are welcome to transfer to another course with available seats for a $50 transfer fee.