First Bite #184 – May 11, 2022

Investigating the Competency for Evaluation and Treatment of Dysphagia with Ed Bice

(.1 ASHA and AOTA CEUs) For more info, click here.

Course Description

In this episode, Michelle is joined by the highly respected Ed Bice, M.Ed. CCC-SLP, Clinical Consultant for IOPI Medical, and Adjunct Faculty with University of Maryland and East Tennessee State University. Have you ever taken a course and thought, “Wow! Yes! This is what my patients need!”…and then felt a little embarrassed at how you were previously treating their dysphagia deficits? Trust me…we all have those moments in our careers. But why? Why do we have those dysphagia competency concerns to begin with? Well, if you have ever asked the “why”, then join Michelle and Ed as they get at the heart of this topic…the limitations in professional preparedness. Ed walks us through how limitations in academic coursework, (even down to textbook selection), impact professional preparedness for clinical competency…but then offers functional solutions to remedy the situation. By the end of the hour, their aim is ignite a passion for all the “Ah-ha” and “Wow” moments for you and your patients!


By the end of this PodCourse, participants will be able to identify and describe:

  • 3 factors negatively impacting instruction of dysphagia in speech-language pathology graduate coursework.
  • How these limitations inhibit competency for the practicing clinician.
  • 3 strategies for improving dysphagia competency.


Ed Bice, M.Ed. CCC-SLP

Ed Bice, M.Ed. CCC-SLP is a speech pathologist currently working as a Clinical Consultant for IOPI Medical. He has experience in various settings, including acute care, outpatient, home health, and skilled nursing. He has held various leadership positions such as a Regional Manager, Vice President of Clinical Services, and Chief Operating Officer. Ed has been a guest on national and international dysphagia podcasts, and written blogs concerning dysphagia and dysphagia related topics for Dysphagia Café and has publications in peer-reviewed journals. As adjunct faculty, he teaches the swallowing course at the University of Maryland and East Tennessee State University. Ed has been an invited speaker for universities, state, and national conventions on various topics in dysphagia.