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UCLA Laryngology Update 2017: The Performing and Professional Voice
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Activity Name: UCLA Laryngology Update 2017: The Performing and Professional Voice
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Hoarseness is a devastating loss, particularly for the performer or vocal professional. From musical theater actors to recording pop stars, vocal malfunction carries an elevated urgency for providers to return their patients to optimal voice quality. Likewise in non-performing professionals who critically depend on voice use, such as teachers, trial lawyers, or salespersons, a loss of voice quality can be equally devastating. Available published guidelines and information describing the treatment of hoarseness in this demanding subset of patients is extremely limited. With the combined experience treating vocal professionals and performers, the multidisciplinary team of the UCLA Voice Center for Medicine and the Arts has developed an advanced multidisciplinary course that will teach and review diagnostic and treatment strategies for the hoarse performer and voice professional. The course will focus on incorporating all aspects of the voice team including presentations from the laryngology, speech pathology, and vocal pedagogy viewpoints as well as from the vocal performer's perspective.

Target Audience

Otolaryngologists (ENT), Speech Language Pathologists (SLP), Voice Coaches, Allied Health Professionals, Surgical Residents, Medical Students, Speech Language Pathology Students

Course Objectives:

At the conclusion of the program participants will be able to:

  • Interpret hoarseness voice samples to highlight the likely causes of injury.
  • Provide patients with the causes of their hoarseness through their physiological descriptions.
  • Evaluate, set expectations and provide successful voice therapy for patients with nodules, polyps and cysts.
  • Direct patients back to their professional roles during acute laryngitis by providing an immediate treatment plan.
  • Incorporate a brief neurologic examination during the evaluation of a patient with hoarseness in order to recognize potential neurologic causes of voice dysfunction.
  • Lead discussion with professional singers regarding their vocal limitations and in regard to warning symptoms to maintain their optimal voice performance.
  • Develop a post-phonosurgical “voice use plan” and timetable that balances a quick return to voice function with a risk reduction of repeat hoarseness.
Location Information
Meeting Location: UCLA Luskin Conference Center
Meeting Location URL:
Location Address: 425 Westwood Plaza
Location City: Los Angeles
Location State: CA
Location Postal Code: 90095
Location Country: US
Activity Information
Start Date: 4/7/2017
End Date: 4/7/2017
  • $175.00 - Physicians
  • $150.00 - Speech Language Pathologists
  • $50.00 - Residents, Medical Students and Speech Pathology Students
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Credit Information
Credit Amount: 7
Credit Unit: Credits
Accreditation: ACCME - Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education > AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
Activity Learning Format: Live Activity
Sponsor Name: David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Office of Continuing Medical Education
Sponsor Address: 10920 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1060
Sponsor City: Los Angeles
Sponsor State: CA
Sponsor Postal Code: 90024
Sponsor Country: US
Contact Information
Contact Name: Eloisa Ayala
Contact Address: 10920 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1060
Contact City: Los Angeles
Contact State: CA
Contact Postal Code: 90024
Contact Country: US
Contact Phone: 3107942620
Contact Email:

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