Advanced FEES Course
October 7th 2019

The Advanced FEES Course is geared toward clinicians who have already been trained in FEES and who seek more advanced training in scoring and interpretation of FEES examinations.  The faculty will bring a number of case studies to review and the participants are encouraged to bring their own videos that were challenging to interpret and/or cases in which to recommending diet or rehabilitation options proved challenging.  Throughout the day-long workshop, participants will have an opportunity to sharpen their skills and to calibrate their scoring and interpretation with the faculty. Optimal scope handling techniques, various scoring tools, and updates on FEES research will also be discussed.

8:00 Sign-in
8:30 Introduction: new developments in FEES/ Sharing the participants’ experience in using FEES; professional  issues; clinical issues; setting priorities for the agenda of the day
9:15 Protocols and Scoring Systems / Research updates regarding protocols and scoring, including sensory testing, use of lidocaine, and new protocols
10:15 Coffee break (provided)
10:45 Scoring FEES exams; interpretation of findings / Review of anatomy.
Scoring residue on FEES vs. MBS – an exercise for the participants. Development of the Boston Residue and Clearing Scale (BRACS)
12:00 Lunch (provided)
13:00 Review Scoping Techniques; Scoring practice with recorded exams, Scoring entire FEES exams using the Boston Medical Center score sheet
14:30 Coffee break (provided)
15:00 Use of FEES Across Settings & Populations Case studies: discuss protocols, findings, interpretation, and management of patients in different settings (ICU/IP/OP), and with different dysphagia etiologies (head and neck cancer, stroke, Parkinson’s/PSP, ALS, Dementia, Globus, etc.)
16:30 Treatment considerations / Cases from the Audience View recorded FEES studies done by participants for critique, discussion, to answer questions, problem solve, etc.
17:00 Summary/Questions
17:30 Adjourn

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