Financial: Michael Groher receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.
Non-Financial: Michael Groher has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.
Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.
Michael Groher, PhD, F-ASHA, Honors ASHA
Michael Groher is an Emeritus Professor of the Department of Communicative Disorders at the University of Redlands in Redlands, California. Dr. Groher has spent most of his career working as a medical speech pathologist in acute and long-term care settings. The majority of his hospital work was done for the Department of Veterans Affairs in…Read full bio
1. Pathophysiology of GERD
In the first chapter of this course, Dr. Groher explains the clinical spectrum of GERD, from physiological reflux to complicated esophagitis. Participants will learn the pathophysiology of GERD, mechanism of reflux due to hiatal hernia, and common facts regarding GERD.
2. UES/GERD Interaction
Dr. Groher explains the relationship of GERD and UES, and why it is important for speech-language pathologists to consider undiagnosed, undetected, or histories of GERD in patients with cervical complaints. Participants will review demographic data and draw conclusions regarding GERD and patients who complain of UES disorders.
GERD treatment, including symptom controls and motility enhancers, are discussed in this chapter. Participants will discuss treatment evidence, learn how to evaluate patients, and review esophageal screening.
4. GERD and the UES Case Study
Dr. Groher presents the case study of a 80-year-old male who comes into the clinic with vague complaints of progressive solid and liquid dysphagia without weight loss. Test your knowledge gained from the course as you work your way through this interactive learning activity. Remember to download the worksheet and pause the video to record your answers.
5. Question and Answer
Dr. Groher discusses the pathophysiology of GERD, the UES and GERD, and treatment of GERD with speech-language pathologist Dr. Robert M. Miller.