Under administrative supervision of the Regional Director of Hearing and Speech service and direct professional supervision of the Regional Chief Speech Language Pathologist, provides coverage for staff Speech Language Pathologists on an as needed basis. Performs and interprets dysphagia, speech, language, and voice diagnostic testing in accordance with established protocols. Counsels patients and families as to test results; interacts with referring physicians and prepares diagnostic reports. Provides dysphagia, speech, language, and voice therapies to relevant patients. Completes all appropriate medical documentation. Participates in training or in-service education programs.
Principal Duties & Responsibilities (Competencies):
-Performs diagnostic speech, language, voice and dysphagia evaluations (e.g., FEES, video fluoroscopy) in order to diagnose impairments such as language disorders, articulation defects, voice disorders, stuttering, aphasia, etc. Prepares written evaluations and completes medical documentation. Provides patient and family counseling; advises physicians and clinical staff of results; discusses speech/language therapies. Contacts external agencies regarding test results/case management.
-Provides speech, language, voice and dysphagia treatment for patients who would potentially benefit. Prepares written treatment plans, reports, progress notes, discharge summaries and other medical documentation at appropriate intervals. Provides patient/family counseling; advises physicians and clinical staff of progress; maintains contacts with external agencies.
-Participates in medical and professional conferences to discuss test results, case analysis and follow-up to treatments. Participates in institutional or external in-service programs for purposes of continuing clinical education. Provides teaching or training, as required, of clinicians, medical residents, students and externs. Participates in quality assurance programs for service.
-Performs other duties pursuant to clinical responsibility, such as arranging follow-up for patients. Performs related duties as required professionally, or required by Regional Director of Hearing and Speech, physicians, Director of Service.
-Incumbents work under generally pleasant conditions; most work is performed in air-conditioned, heated, well-lighted area.
-Hazardous conditions may exist on rare occasions when there may be patients who exhibit unstable or aggressive behavior. Incumbents may be exposed minimally to biohazardous substances, such as blood-borne pathogens, through nature of work performed.
-Sessional coverage is determined on an as need basis by the Regional Chief Speech Pathologist.
-Job requires completion of NYS-approved program for training of speech/language pathologists to acquire knowledge of assessment and treatment of communication disorders involving language, fluency, voice and articulation; use of equipment; and counseling, ordinarily acquired via Masters Degree.
-New York State licensure as Speech/Language Pathologist mandatory.
-Very high level of analytical ability required to effectively and expeditiously diagnose and treat communication disorders including cognitive communicative, voice, language, feeding and swallowing for culturally diverse patient populations. Effective time management for punctual documentation is also required.
-Interacts with various internal hospital medical, administrative and professional staff in the course of routine clinical duties. High degree of responsibility required for daily contacts with patients and their families.
-Some manual dexterity required for manipulation of testing or treatment materials and equipment.
Mount Sinai Health System is an equal opportunity employer. We promote
recognition and respect for individual and cultural differences, and we work to
make our employees feel valued and appreciated, whatever their race, gender,
background, or sexual orientation.