Communication Sciences & Disorders Celebrates New Academic Year

The Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders (CSD) at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) has begun its newest year of instruction on a high note—with a variety of top-notch clinical practicum opportunities to offer its students.

“We are really grateful to administrators and supervisors at Tripler Army Medical Center, The Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific, Straub Clinic & Hospital, Kapio’olani Medical Center, Scottish Rite Children’s Center, Easter Seals, and public school settings throughout O’ahu,” said Barbara Ward, the department’s Clinical Supervisor.

The new academic year for CSD officially began August 24, 2011, with the first CSD Orientation, where Ward said senior graduate students were excited to discuss their externship assignments. CSD’s 11 new graduate students have begun their supervised practicum, working with clients at the CSD clinic facility on the UH Manoa campus. The clinic offers both speech-language and hearing evaluations, as well as therapy for those diagnosed with speech and language disorders.  The CSD department at UH currently offers Master of Science degrees in speech-language pathology, with expectations to grow the audiology component in the near future.

JABSOM Vice Dean Satoru Izutsu, pictured with Dr. Henry Lew, CSD Chair, personally welcomed students to the JABSOM family during the orientation, and also congratulated Dr. Lew on his first-year anniversary as CSD Department Chair. He recognized Dr. Lew for launching CSD’s inaugural Research Symposium, and for bringing both creativity and enthusiasm to his role as Chair, strengthening the department.

Dr. Lew, an audiologist and a physician, returned to Hawaii after distinguished service as an expert consultant for the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center. Lew was inspired to obtain his PhD in audiology and communication sciences by Mrs. Dorothy Craven, a longtime CSD faculty and former Interim Department Chair, whom he considers a mentor.

The Department of CSD is accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).  The clinical and research expertise of those trained in CSD are used to identify and overcome speech and hearing disabilities in people of all ages. Sometimes that is in a public school setting, where a child is first diagnosed with a hearing problem, which has made it difficult for him/her to learn speech and language. Sometimes it is in a hospital, where service members and veterans with traumatic brain injury or stroke must patiently strive to reacquire their communication skills.  Our photos from the CSD Orientation ceremony were taken by Mr. Arnold  Kameda. “He captured the smiling faces and enthusiasm of faculty and students,” said Ward. “We look forward to an exciting and successful school year!”

Group photo:

(Front row, L to R)

Vaiana Bloch, Janelle Hiu, Lara Nakagawa, Jaclyn Sagum, Brittni Yamada, Jessica Bigornia, Jessica Tlumacki, Amber Gray, Kim Koga, Janell Silao, Hiromi Dunn, Joanne Allagonez, and Dr. Henry Lew

(Middle Row)

Carin Steen, Sonia Armenta, Kirsten Von Tungeln, Kristen Kamakele, Cori Sutter, Elizabeth Smith, Dr. Christine Fiestas, Ms. Ana Gamble, Ms. Barbara Ward, Summer Nakakura, Janie Brown, and EJ Padilla

(Top Row)

Gilmer Borbo and Dr. Randy Weirather

Photo with Jeans:  Students compare denim fashion to determine the clinic dress code


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