A Student's Perspective of the ANCDS Annual Meeting

This November, I attended the ANCDS conference as a student fellow. As a second year master's student with strong interest in treatment for neurogenic communication disorders, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to attend a conference with detailed, evidence-based information about primary progressive aphasia (PPA). Each speaker's presentation covered a different topic regarding evaluation and treatment for PPA; however, the conference was incredibly cohesive. At the time, I was completing my clinical externship at a skilled nursing facility, and was able to bring back what I learned and apply it clinically the next week.

I am excited to pursue a PhD after I obtain my clinical certification, and the ANCDS conference gave me a unique opportunity to discuss these goals with top researchers, including my assigned mentor, Dr. JoAnn Silkes. I was provided with extremely helpful advice regarding my current research projects, career goals, and clinical fellowship year. I do not go to a university with a PhD program, so I had very few opportunities to discuss these topics before the conference. The ANCDS student fellowship was an amazing experience that has left a lasting influence on my life and career goals.

Joanne Kinney

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