Specialty Recognition Update Organization and Coordination of Specialty Recognition SIG News
SIG News  |   November 01, 2011
Specialty Recognition Update
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Edie R. Hapner
    Department of Otolaryngology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
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SIG News
SIG News   |   November 01, 2011
Specialty Recognition Update
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, November 2011, Vol. 21, 83-84. doi:10.1044/vvd21.3.83
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, November 2011, Vol. 21, 83-84. doi:10.1044/vvd21.3.83
This is the final installment in our series on specialty certification in the 2011 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders. The first article, by Brian Petty, was developed through a series of interviews with past Special Interest Division 3 (now Special Interest Group [SIG] 3) Coordinators to provide a written history of why the SIG had not pursued specialty certification in the past. The second article—by affiliate Donna Lundy, who has specialty certification in dysphagia and has served on the dysphagia specialty certification board—outlined some pros and cons of pursuing specialty certification from that group's perspective. The final article comes from an interview with Patrick Bartholomew (personal communication, September 7, 2011), a speech-language pathologist (SLP) and chair of the Council for Clinical Specialty Recognition (CCSR) through ASHA. The CCSR is a seven-member committee composed of three SLPs, two audiologists, and two public members and is responsible for reviewing applications for clinical specialty recognition and making suggestions regarding the organization and management of specialty recognition groups. Bartholomew specifically noted that the purpose of specialty recognition is a mechanism for recognition of a level of clinical expertise above and beyond the minimal competency needed for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in any given specialty area. Specialty recognition is a clinical recognition, different than the academic research recognition denoted by advanced degrees such as the Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) and/or by tenure granted through a university. Bartholomew noted that the CCSR continues to evolve and change. The CCSR has begun discussion with ASHA regarding a change from specialty recognition to specialty certification often seen in other medical specialties such as otolaryngology (e.g., laryngology) or physical therapy. The CCSR believes this change will bring clarity to the process and better understanding to those outside the level of expertise denoted by this certification.
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