Health Students Combine Forces for a Special Iron Chef Competition

Maria Turcotte and Shroukel el Sayed (left to right) prepared a special dinner for a patient with dysphagia during the competition.

Speech pathology and nutrition student took part in Steinhardt’s fifth annual Dysphagia Iron Chef Competition on January 21st. The event was the final class of “Interdisciplinary Case-Based Management in Dysphagia,” and brought together students from the varied disciplines of communicative sciences and disorders and nutrition and food studies to learn how to manage patients with different stages of dysphagia, a difficulty swallowing.

The collaborative course was taught by Erin Embry, a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders (CSD), and

Lisa Sasson, clinical associate professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies.  Speech-language pathology students taught nutrition students about swallowing assessment and evaluation; nutrition students taught CSD students how to translate different stages of dysphagia into a diet that could meet the client’s nutrient, cultural, and caloric needs.  “The goal of our Iron Chef competition was to create food to nourish the body and soul,” Sasson said.