Day 1 of Critical Thinking

I survived the first day of the Critical Thinking in Dysphagia Management workshop!!

I’ve become extremely conscientious of the continuing education courses I attend.  Most of these courses cost quite a bit and I’m looking to maximize my learning.  I enjoy continuing education.  The day that I feel like I know everything about dysphagia is the day that I need to throw in the towel.  I don’t think I’ll ever know everything about dysphagia.

The Critical Thinking in Dysphagia Management course is not only refreshing, but exciting.  The presenters are fabulous!!  Ianessa Humbert and Emily Plowman have put together a thought-provoking and entertaining course for sure!

If you want to check out the live Tweets look at #CTDM or follow @dysphagiarmblng.

Dr. Humbert always presents a challange to clinicians to use problem solve and use their knowloedge to figure out the swallowing mechanism.  She’s always asking why, why, why.  When I step back and take a look, I realize, she is making me find my own answer.  She doesn’t just stand up and present so much information I can’t possibly comprehend it all, she is actually making everyone in the audience think and participate!

The day started with a quote from Rosenbek from 1995 when he stated that the aphasia world had an alarm sound which resulted in an increase in efficacy data.  There is no such alarm for dysphagia.

Dr. Humbert is full of wonderful analogies that very much compliment learning.  Several are posted on Twitter.

One of her main points was that we need to advocate.  One of the most important pieces of our job is to complete a great evaluation.  We owe it to our patients to be thorough, to assess the anatomy and physiology and to assess the possible treatment strategies.

One of the greatest parts of today was the live MBSS which was broadcast via Periscope.  Using a remote device, we were all able to push button a, b, c, d, e given choices for each letter for the next texture/strategy/maneuver to try.  It was such a great participation activity.

Dr. Plowman discussed neural plasticity, cortical representation and compensation vs. exercise.

The last part of the workshop was spent looking at various MBSS and determining normal vs. abnormal in determining laryngeal closure, hyoid burst, etc.

Live-tweeting will resume tomorrow with a folow-up blog post!!

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