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FEES Knowledge, Practice, and Documentation

Audience: Internal only

Day One: Foundation

Day Two: Hands On Lab

TIRR Memorial Hermann and Memorial Hermann-TMC Faculty:

Michelle Dehgan, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
Emily Ferguson, MS, CCC-SLP
Kerri Higgins, MS, CCC-SLP


Day 1 Open to: all SLPs within the Memorial Hermann Health System
Day 2 Open to: SLPs within the MHHS who (1) attend day one and (2) TIRR & TMC campus who utilize a FEES system

Course Dates: April 29 & 30, 2017 (Saturday & Sunday)

Time:Day 1: Registration at 8:00, Course from 8:30-5:15 pm
Day 2: Registration at 8:00, Course from 8:15-12:45 pm


TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital
1333 Moursund, Houston, TX 77030
2nd floor Research Conference Center

Class size: Class Size: Day One limited to 40 participants; Day 2 limited to 10 participants


A training and education course for Speech-Language Pathologists without prior knowledge in Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) administration to learn historical use of the procedure, as well as, provide basic training in interpretation and documentation using this assessment method.

Day One Learning Objectives:

  • The attendee will define and describe the anatomy of the nasal cavity and pharynx as it relates to the FEES procedure.
  • The attendee will analyze normal and abnormal swallow function and determine the etiology of the deficits.
  • The attendee will document following a case study to demonstrate the ability to determine deficits and create an appropriate treatment plan with recommendations.

Day One Assessment of Learning Objectives:

  • Ability to document following a case study with video clip.
  • Questions & answers

Day Two Learning Objective:

  • The attendee will demonstrate understand of and ability to pass a FEES scope with physical manipulation of the instrumentation on "normals".

Day Two Assessment of Learning Objectives:

  • Return demonstration by passing of the scope
  • Questions & answers

Speaker Information

TIRR/Memorial Hermann Faculty Information:

Michelle Dehgan 2017Michelle Dehgan

Michelle Dehgan is the Research/Education Coordinator for the Speech-Language Pathology Department at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, TX. She completed her undergraduate degree at The University of Texas at Austin and her master’s degree at The University of Houston. She has completed additional education and training in research and epidemiology. She has been practicing clinically for 20 years and has special interests in dysphagia, brain injury, and spinal cord injury. She is a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing & Swallowing Disorders. She presents locally and nationally on a variety of topics related to these areas of interest.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

  • Financial: Employed by Memorial Hermann Health System
  • Non-financial: None reported


Emily Ferguson 2017Emily Ferguson

Emily Ferguson is a Level III medical Speech-Language Pathologist who has been practicing in acute and inpatient rehab settings for 8 years. She is currently practicing at Memorial Hermann-TMC. She is a graduate of both Baylor and the University of Texas at Dallas. Her areas of specialty are dysphagia, FEES mentoring, and managing the medically the complex patient.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

  • Financial: Employed by Memorial Hermann Health System
  • Non-financial: None reported


Kerri Higgins 2017Kerri Higgins

Kerri Higgins is a Level III Speech-Language Pathologist at Memorial Hermann-TMC. She practiced 5+ years in inpatient rehabilitation at TIRR and has practiced 1+ years in acute care at TMC. She completed her undergraduate degree at Texas Christian University and her master’s degree at The University of Texas at Dallas. She has special interests in dysphagia, brain injury, SCI, tracheostomy/ventilator dependent patients, patient s/p lung transplant and AAC. She participates in multi-discipline collaborative education programs throughout the cardiac, neurology, general medicine, and trauma services.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

  • Financial: Employed by Memorial Hermann Health System
  • Non-financial: None reported

Saturday, April 29, 2017

TimeTopic & Activity
8:00 – 8:30 Registration & Light Refreshments
8:30 - 8:45

Brief History of FEES

8:45 – 9:15ASHA Guidelines
9:15 – 9:45

Risk of the Procedure / Consent

9:45 -10:00 Use of FEES: Research Perspective
10:00 – 10:30

FEES in comparison to MBS

10:30 – 10:45BREAK
10:45 – 11:00

General FEES Equipment and set up

11:00 – 12:00Anatomy of a FEES Exam
12:00 – 12:45

Lunch: Provided

12:45 – 2:00FEES Protocol with exam
2:00 – 3:00

What are you seeing (Normal vs. Abnormal)

3:00 – 3:15Break
3:15 – 3:45

CARE 4: Evaluations (acute and rehab versions)

3:45 – 4:45How do we describe it in reports / Interpretation
4:45 – 5:15

Q&A, Discussion, Course Evaluation / Certificates

Sunday, April 30, 2017

TimeTopic & Activity
8:00 - 8:15 Registration
8:15 – 12:15

Passing trials (normal)

12:15 – 12:45 Q&A, Course Evaluation / Certificates



SLP:Memorial Hermann Healthcare System is an ASHA Approved Provider of continuing education- provider ID ABAF. Day one of this course is offered for 0.8 ASHA CEU’s and Day two is offered for 0.45 CEU’s. The assignment of ASHA CEU’s does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures from ASHA.


Day 1 is offered for: 0.8 CEUS
Day 2 is offered for: 0.45 CEUS
(Intermediate, Professional Area).

Instructional Level: Intermediate
ASHA Classification Code: 1040


Open to: Open to Memorial Hermann Rehab Service Line SLPs. Employees must use their Memorial Hermann email to receive employee benefit for the course. In the event of a course cancellation, participants will be notified via email & contact phone number on the registration form below. Please fill out all information below.

Cancellations: Refunds will be granted if cancellation notice is received in writing no later than 14 calendar days prior to the course start date to you register and do not attend, or do not fulfill the requirements of the class, your course fee will not be refunded. Cancellation of the event by TIRR Memorial Hermann will result in a full refund of monies received. TIRR Memorial Hermann is not responsible for the refund of travel or hotel expenses under any circumstances. TIRR Memorial Hermann reserves the right to cancel or change any programs for due cause. In the event of a cancelation, participants will be notified via email and contact phone number submitted in the registration.

Parking: Please refer to for information on parking. The closest parking is available in Garage 6 and is next to TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital.

Questions:Contact Christine Adair at 713-867.2539 or by email at

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