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Researcher-Academic Town Meeting

The Researcher-Academic Town Meeting (RATM) is an invitation-only event at the ASHA Convention. The purpose of the event is to:

  1. Bring together senior researchers and PhD-level academics (including international PhD-level faculty/researcher affiliates in attendance at Convention), new PhD-level faculty, PhD students, and student awardees for a presentation and discussion on a timely topic related to science and research or academic issues.
  2. Provide the opportunity for new PhD-level faculty, PhD students, and student awardees to interact with seasoned faculty/researchers by having them interact and converse with faculty and researchers.
  3. Provide the opportunity for networking and socializing among all event attendees.

2021 Meeting 

ASHA Annual Convention
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Washington, DC (Virtual)

Let’s Talk About Competency-Based Education

Competency-based education (CBE) is an approach to preparing students for practice that is based on outcomes and organized around competencies. It deemphasizes time-based training and curriculum ‘inputs’ and facilitates greater accountability, flexibility, and learner centeredness. A CBE approach entails determining what constitutes a “practice-ready professional”, advancing students through a program based on the competencies they demonstrate, and confirming that graduates are sufficiently competent to graduate and enter the profession. It is strongly linked to current evidence based educational theories. Several advantages of a CBE approach have been reported. For example, CBE enhances relevance (by making the relationship between the curriculum and professional practice explicit), accountability (by emphasizing quality assurance), flexibility (by encouraging innovation in the form of course delivery and educational strategy), and continuity (by making the outcomes expected at each phase of education unambiguous across undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education). The speakers will explain how CBE has been effectively implemented by other healthcare professional education programs as well as in speech-language pathology in Australia. A discussion will be held regarding the exploration of potential for CBE to advance the preparation of audiologists and speech-language pathologists in the United States. Perspectives about the impact of CBE on learners, pedagogy, curricula, credentialing (accreditation and certification), and consumers will be discussed. 

This event is by invitation only. Contact academicaffairs@asha.org for more information.

Keynote Presenter

Panelists

  • CFCC – Patti Solomon-Rice, PhD, CCC-SLP, CFCC Chair, Founding Director, Woolfolk School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Associate Professor of Communication Disorders, Our Lady of the Lake University.
  • CAA – Mary Sue Fino-Szumski, PhD, MBA, CCC-A, Director of Clinical Education and Associate Professor, Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
  • CAPCSD – Tori Gilbert, SLPD, CCC-SLP, Teaching Assistant Professor, SLP Externship Coordinator, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, West Virginia University.

2021 Researcher-Academic Town Meeting on Let’s Talk About Competency-Based Education presentation [PDF] by Dr. Sue McAllister.

2021 Researcher-Academic Town Meeting – Program Booklet [PDF]

Suggested Readings

Ferguson, A. (2006). Competency-based occupational standards: Influences on Australian speech pathology education. Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica, 58(1), 23–32. https://doi.org/10.1159/000088995

Frank, J. R., Mungroo, R., Ahmad, Y., Wang, M., De Rossi, S., & Horsley, T. (2010). Toward a definition of competency-based education in medicine: A systematic review of published definitions. Medical Teacher, 32(8), 631–637. https://doi.org/10.3109/0142159X.2010.500898

Gruppen, L. D., Mangrulkar, R. S., & Kolars, J. C. (2012). The promise of competency-based education in the health professions for improving global health. Human Resources for Health, 10(1), Article 43. https://doi.org/10.1186/1478-4491-10-43

McAllister, L. (2016). The role of competency-based occupational standards in speech pathology education and governance in Australia. Annales Universitatis Mariae Curie-Sklodowska, 1, 19–32. https://journals.umcs.pl/en/article/view/4770

McAllister, S., Lincoln, M., Ferguson, A., & McAllister, L. (2011). A systematic program of research regarding the assessment of speech-language pathology competencies. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 13(6), 469–479. https://doi.org/10.3109/17549507.2011.580782

ten Cate, O., & Scheele, F. (2007). Viewpoint: Competency-based postgraduate training: Can we bridge the gap between theory and clinical practice? Academic Medicine, 8(6), 543–547. https://doi.org/10.1097/ACM.0b013e31805559c7

Speaker Bios & Disclosures

Sue McAllister, PhD, Professor, Sydney School of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney, Australia. Dr. McAllister is the developer of Competency Assessment in Speech Pathology (COMPASS®). She has nearly 40 years’ experience encompassing being a speech-language pathologist, a placement educator, a service manager, a project manager, and an academic. A common thread throughout her professional career is her curiosity regarding how we learn through work, the nature of competency and expertise, and how to assess performance and design curriculum that develops professional expertise. She has led and been part of research teams that have been awarded over $4 million to explore these questions. Dr. McAllister’s contributions to developing allied health professions have been recognized by national awards—including being made a Fellow of Speech Pathology Australia.

Financial Disclosure: Yes, Grant Funds, Speaker fee (honorarium, stipend, other), In-Kind Services, ASHA registration waived

  • I have been invited to share information during this presentation regarding the COMPASS(C): Competency Based Assessment in Speech Pathology tool. The development and 2nd edition of this tool was supported by grant funds from: Australian Research Council, Speech Pathology Australia, Australian Learning and Teaching
    Council, and Health Workforce Australia. The copyright and IP are held by Speech Pathology Australia and I receive no financial benefit. I have provided in kind support for COMPASS(C) as a volunteer Speech Pathology Australia member. I have accepted the offer of an honorarium and conference registration to present this keynote and participate in the panel discussion at this conference session.

Non-Financial Disclosure: Yes, Professional: You are a member of an association or group that is talked about or referenced in the course; you have a professional bias about a way to deliver a particular service., Unpaid volunteer (Board, panel, volunteer/committee membership, membership on advisory committee, review panels, etc.)

  • I am a member of Speech Pathology Australia and have been an unpaid volunteer to advise Speech Pathology Australia re the use of COMPASS(C) by universities and to participate in consultations regarding competency based standards for speech pathologists.

Patti Solomon-Rice, PhD, CCC-SLP, CFCC Chair, Founding Director, Woolfolk School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Associate Professor of Communication Disorders, Our Lady of the Lake University. Dr. Solomon-Rice has been a member of the CFCC since 2017. She is a past chair of the Board of Ethics, serving on the BOE from 2013 to 2016. She was also an SLP member of the California licensing board from 2012 to 2018 and is a past chair of ASHA’s Continuing Education Board. Dr. Solomon-Rice’s research interests are in two primary areas: (1) early intervention services for children who benefit from augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and (2) multicultural AAC services.

Financial Disclosure: No, I do not have financial relationships relevant to the content of the session.
Non-Financial Disclosure: Yes, Professional: You are a member of an association or group that is talked about or referenced in the course; you have a professional bias about a way to deliver a particular service., Unpaid volunteer (Board, panel, volunteer/committee membership, membership on advisory committee, review panels, etc.)

  • I am chair of the 2021 Council for Clinical Certification.
  • I have been an unpaid volunteer of the Council for Clinical Certification since 2017

Mary Sue Fino-Szumski, PhD, MBA, CCC-A, Director of Clinical Education and Associate Professor, Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Fino-Szumski teaches graduate courses on professional issues and guest lectures on a variety of management topics—including supervision and employment issues. In her role as Director of Clinical Education, she works with students and clinical supervisors to ensure that the department’s clinical education opportunities allow students to achieve their clinical goals and meet credentialing requirements. Dr. Fino-Szumski is currently an academic audiology member of the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA).

Financial Disclosure: Yes, ASHA registration waived

  • ASHA registration waived to participate as a panelist at the virtual Researcher-Academic Town Meeting.

Non-Financial Disclosure: Yes, Unpaid volunteer (Board, panel, volunteer/committee membership, membership on advisory committee, review panels, etc.)

  • I am currently an academic audiology member of the Council on Academic accreditation (CAA) and the CAA 2021 Vice Chair for Audiology.

Tori Gilbert, MS, SLPD, CCC-SLP, Teaching Assistant Professor, SLP Externship Coordinator, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, West Virginia University. Dr. Gilbert provides instruction of undergraduate and graduate courses and clinical supervision for speech-language pathology students, coordinates clinical placements, and has experience in curriculum planning and development. Her current research interests include reflective teaching and supervision practices in Health Professions Education, application of a signature pedagogy in communication sciences and disorders (CSD), translational research, and single-subject design in the clinical setting.

Financial Disclosure: Yes, Salaried, full or part time employee, ASHA registration waived

  • Full-time Assistant Professor at West Virginia University since January 2020 and my ASHA registration was waved for this presentation.

Non-Financial Disclosure: No, I do not have non financial relationships relevant to the content of the session.

Past Meeting Presentations

2020 Researcher-Academic Town Meeting on Behavioral Machine Intelligence for Health Applications (The 2020 RATM and ASHA Convention was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.)

2019 Researcher-Academic Town Meeting on It's Critical! The Assessment and Development of Critical Thinking, presentation [PDF] by Drs. Robert M. Augustine, Patrick Finn, and Ou Lydia Liu

2018 Researcher-Academic Town Meeting on Using Reporting Guidelines to Improve the Reliability and Value of Clinical Research, presentation [PDF] by Dr. Jason Roberts

2017 Researcher-Academic Town Meeting on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) in Clinical Education and Supervision, presentation [PDF] by Dr. Mindi Anderson

2016 Researcher-Academic Town Meeting on Responding to Changes in Scholarly Publishing, presentation [PDF] by Dr. Ray Kent

2015 Researcher-Academic Town Meeting on Advancing the Science and Use of Patient-Reported Outcome Measures (PROMS), presentation [PDF] by Dr. Alan M. Jette

2014 Researcher-Academic Town Meeting on Systems Level Change: The Role of Implementation Science, presentation [PDF] by Dr. Donald Kincaid

2013 Joint Research Academic Town Meeting/ASHA Approved CE Provider Workshop on Interprofessional Education: Moving Toward a Collaborative Era through Preprofessional Education and Lifelong Learning, presentation [PDF] by Dr. Barbara Brandt

2012 Researcher-Academic Town Meeting on Preparing Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists to Provide Value-Based Services in the New Economic Climate, presentation [PDF] by Dr. Alex Johnson and Dr. Robert Burkard

2011 Researcher-Academic Town Meeting on Training the Next Generation of Clinical Researchers, presentation [PDF] by Dr. Melissa Duff and Dr. Mary Pat Moeller

2010 Researcher-Academic Town Meeting on Building Capacity for the Research Doctorate

2009 Researcher-Academic Town Meeting on Clinical Practice Research in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology: The Final Frontier, presentation [PDF] by Dr. Laura Justice and Dr. Nancy Tye-Murray.

2008 Researcher-Academic Town Meeting on Perspectives on Teaching and Technology: Micro and Macro Applications, presentation [PDF] by Dr. Sarah Ginsberg, Dr. Lissa Power-de Fur, Dr. Carol Dudding, and Dr. Doug Martin.

2007 Researcher-Academic Town Meeting on Team Science: Reframing a Familiar Concept for Contemporary Research Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders, presentation [PDF] by Dr. Dennis Matthews and comments [PDF] by Dr. Thomas Helfer, Dr. Ray Kent, Dr. Elena Plante, Dr. Bruce Tomblin.

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