Speech Language Pathology Fellowship 2023-24

Hartford Healthcare offers an intensive 12 month Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) clinical fellowship program at Hartford Hospital, one of the largest teaching hospitals and tertiary care centers in New England. It is an 867 bed Level 1 Trauma Center and a comprehensive stroke center.


Speech Language Pathology Fellowship


Clinical fellows will receive close mentorship during the 12 month program and participate in rotations across acute care specialties (e.g., medicine, neurology, intensive care) with a final elective rotation focusing on advanced dysphagia practice or post-acute care rehabilitation services.

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Goals and Objectives of Training

Fellows will complete specialized training and competencies including MBSImP certification, FEES interpretation, and assessment and intervention of a medically complex patient population including head and neck cancer, tracheostomized/ventilator-dependence and disorders of consciousness.

Fellows will also be expected to engage in departmental initiatives and have the opportunity to participate in surgical observations and interdisciplinary educational activities.

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Prerequisite Training and Selection Criteria

Candidates should possess a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from an accredited college/university, be eligible for licensure in the state of Connecticut and meet the requirements for a Supervised Professional Experience (SPE) plan through the Department of Public Health and a Clinical Fellowship plan from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. Previous clinical experience in an acute care setting and availability to start in June is strongly preferred. Positions are salaried and benefits eligible.

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Current Fellow

Perry Bowers

Perry Bowers, M.A., CF-SLP

Hometown: Guilford, CT

Why I chose Hartford HealthCare: I grew up hearing about Hartford HealthCare from my grandfather who spent many years working at the hospital. During the clinical fellowship interview process, I was impressed and touched by the inpatient SLP team’s expertise, comradery and dedication to the patients they serve. I wanted to learn from them and work alongside them.

Favorite part of living in Connecticut: Having grown up in Connecticut, I am grateful to be living close to family and friends. I also love experiencing four seasons, and being close to the ocean.

What I’m up to now: Through the funding provided by the fellowship program, I completed MBSImP certification and a neurology course with Anna Swindle for medical SLPs. Both learning opportunities were incredibly informative and have strengthened my skillset as a new clinician. Outside of work, I am enjoying a weekly dance class that I recently started!

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Fellowship Alumni

Rachel Ku

Rachel Ku, M.S., CCC-SLP (2020-21)

Hometown: La Cañada Flintridge, CA

Why I chose Hartford Healthcare: Hartford Healthcare is a well-respected organization and Hartford Hospital is a large teaching hospital that attracts professionals globally. I wanted to be part of an organization that would challenge me past my boundaries and support me, especially during my CFY.
Favorite part of living in Connecticut: I enjoyed the overall suburban feels of the state, Fall foliage, and close proximity to Boston and NYC. And Arethusa, the best ice cream.
What I’m up to now: I am an acute care SLP in Los Angeles, CA, specializing in head and neck cancer and voice therapy

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  • Complete an online application: Online application
  • Pay the $25 application fee:Electronic payment
  • Email the following application items to HHCRNSpeechPathology@hhchealth.orgwith your name in the subject line.
    • Resume with inclusion of expected graduation date.
    • One-page letter of interest describing your background, professional interests, career goals, and why you would like to be part of our team
    • Graduate program transcript (can be unofficial)
    • One letter of recommendation from a clinical supervisor/mentor

All application requirements must be RECEIVED by 11:59 PM Eastern time on March 3, 2023. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please expect written confirmation of application receipt via email within two weeks of submission. Our team will begin the review process upon the close of the application period on March 3, 2023.  If you are selected for the first round of interviews, anticipate correspondence by March 17, 2023.

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Please email HHCRNSpeechpathology@hhchealth.org  with any questions regarding the application process.

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