The Path to Board Specialty Recognition in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders An Interview with Jo Puntil-Sheltman, BRS-S Article
Article  |   March 01, 2005
The Path to Board Specialty Recognition in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders
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  • Debra Suiter
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Articles
Article   |   March 01, 2005
The Path to Board Specialty Recognition in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), March 2005, Vol. 14, 3. doi:10.1044/sasd14.1.3
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), March 2005, Vol. 14, 3. doi:10.1044/sasd14.1.3
Debra: Jo, Why did you choose to apply for the Board Recognition in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders?
Jo: Being a Board Recognized Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (BRS-S) is a professional achievement that is extremely personal to me. I have been a speech-language pathologist for 23 years and have worked primarily in the field of dysphagia. It seemed like a natural professional step for me.
Debra: Can you explain what you mean by “natural professional step” ?
Jo: While I was practicing in Southern California, I developed numerous dysphagia programs in area hospitals. In addition, I trained many clinicians in the area of dysphagia. During those years I thought seriously about returning to school to obtain a PhD degree. I thought that having that advanced degree would distinguish me as a specialist in the field in addition to allowing me to continue teaching and research. Unfortunately, like many clinicians, I was unable to take the time away from my private practice and lecturing to achieve that professional goal. When the opportunity to apply for Board Recognition as a Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (BRS-S) was publicized, I saw this as a wonderful professional opportunity to achieve a high level of distinction for my clinical, teaching, and research accomplishments. I quickly responded with an application. I was very proud when I received the BRS-S distinction.
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