Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 1:00pm

A Mercy College faculty researcher has published an article describing an innovative approach to teaching transnasal endoscopy to graduate students in speech-language pathology.

Shari Salzhauer Berkowitz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Communication Disorders, reported on a method she developed for teaching speech-language pathology (SLP) students a key technique. “To look closely at the back of a patient’s throat, SLPs pass a long, thin camera, called an endoscope, through a patient's nose,” she said. “Teaching graduate students how to ‘pass the scope’ on a patient is complicated, and not always practical on a college campus. But it’s an important skill for examining a patient’s vocal folds and their ability to swallow food and liquid.”

Berkowitz had students pass the scope down the center of a pool noodle embedded with trinkets. From there they progressed to scoping a cadaver, and some students successfully scoped their peers—activities that improve their skill and build confidence before working with live patients.

Berkowitz’s article describing the technique, “Teaching Transnasal Endoscopy to Graduate Students without a Hospital or Simulation Laboratory: Pool Noodles and Cadavers,” was published in the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology in June.