Department of Otorhino­laryngology, Head and Neck Surgery &
Institute of Human Communicative Research

Basic Fiberoptic Endoscopic Examination of Swallowing (Basic FEES) Workshop 2019

7 - 8 March 2020 (Sat-Sun) [cancelled]


The use of fiberoptic endoscopy for the assessment of swallowing function was first reported by Langmore et al. (1988). Since then, the American Speech and Hearing Association, Speech Pathology Australia and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (United Kingdom) have corporated FEES in the scope of speech therapy as published in their joint position paper with their respective ENT bodies. FEES has been actively used in Hong Kong for swallowing assessment. Since 2008, our Department and Institute has regular FEES workshops for speech therapists and doctors in Asia.

The FEES workshop is structured to provide speech therapists and doctors with updates on dysphagia and to promote the use of FEES in the assessment of dysphagia, in rehabilitation planning and as a biofeedback tool. Clinical updates of dysphagia management and intervention methods will also be discussed. The workshops will also provide hands-on opportunities to participants which bridge the theory to practice.

**Advanced FEES is under planning. Attendance at the Basic FEES workshop is a prerequisite for the Advanced FEES workshop**

Learning Objectives

The objectives of the 2-day workshop are to present:

  • The anatomy and neurology for swallowing
  • An overview of dysphagia
  • Swallowing assessment – principles and the diagnostic tools
  • Assessment of voice and laryngeal function
  • FEES –normal vs abnormal videos
  • Diagnostic options for patients – VFSS / FEES
  • Tips on endoscopy
  • Provide 3-4 hours of supervised hands-on practical passing the endoscope on other participant(s) and / or on dummies

Proposed Activities

  • Lecture and presentation
  • Demonstration of FEES examination on human
  • Supervised hands-on practical session on other participant(s) and / or on dummies
  • Discussion

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7-8 March 2020 (Sat-Sun)


Seminar Rooms 1-3, 1/F, Postgraduate Education Centre,
Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, Hong Kong
Room 301 & 303-4, 3/F, Li Ka Shing Institute of Health Sciences (Li Ka Shing Medical Sciences Building),
Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, Hong Kong



Meal Arrangement

Lunch and light refreshment will be provided.

Target Participants

Speech Therapists, Otorhinolaryngologists and Doctors of Other Specialties

Continuous Professional Development

The Hong Kong College of Otorhinolaryngologists
7 Mar: 6 points (Cat 2)
8 Mar: 3 points (Cat 2) + 3 points (Cat 14)
An additional five active points (Cat 14) will be awarded for course faculty / moderator / chairman
Hong Kong Academy of Medicine (Physicians)
7 Mar: 1.5 points
8 Mar: 1.5 points
Hong Kong Academy of Medicine (Surgeons)
7 Mar: 5.5 points (CME/CPD Category: Passive)
8 Mar: 5.5 points (CME/CPD Category: Active)
Hong Kong Institute of Speech Therapists
7-8 Mar: 12 points
Hong Kong Hospital Authority Speech Therapists
7-8 Mar: 10 points


Course Fee

Otorhinolaryngologist & Doctors of Other Specialties
Early Bird: $6,000 (on or before 30 Sep 2019)
Normal Registration: $7,500 (1 Oct – 21 Oct 2019)
Speech Therapist
Early Bird: $4,500 (on or before 30 Sep 2019)
Normal Registration: $6,500 (1 Oct – 21 Oct 2019)

Online Registration ( FULL )

Complimentary Registration

This event offers up to 5 complimentary attendance for CUHK external clinical educators, on a first come, first served basis. If you would like to redeem your complimentary attendance to this event, please contact Mr Thomas Law on

Registration Deadline

21 Oct 2019 (Mon)
(Limited Seats, registration will be on first come-first serve basis)

Payment Policy

  • Full payment must be received with the completed registration form.
  • Should the Basic FEES workshop scheduled have to be cancelled due to unforeseeable circumstances, the organizer will try to reschedule the event whenever possible. There will be NO REFUND if the participant is not able to attend the rescheduled event.
  • If, for reasons beyond the control of the organizer, the Basic FEES workshop is cancelled, registration fee will be refunded after deduction of administrative expenses already incurred or 15% of the respective registration fee, whichever is less.
  • All refund request must be made in writing on or before 24 Jan 2020.

The Faculty

Dr. Sin Yong PHUA

Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dr. Phua is an experienced practising speech therapist with special interest in cognitive communication disorders as well as dysphagia. In 1997, she introduced FEES into the scope of practice for speech therapists in Singapore. Trained by Dr. Susan Langmore, Dr. Phua has performed over 5000 FEES procedures since her introduction and has trained speech therapists to perform FEES independently.

She completed her Ph.D. from the Faculty of Medicine, The University of Sydney, Australia. In her doctoral studies, she used FEES and FEESST to determine the effect of gastro-oesophageal reflux on laryngeal sensitivity. She has published extensively in peer reviewed medical journals.

Dr. Eric TANG

Chief, Division of Laryngology
Clinical Assistant Professor (Honorary)
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dr Tang Chi Ho, Eric is an ENT specialist who was graduated from CUHK medical school in 2003 and obtained his fellowship in 2011. He worked as an Associate Consultant since 2012 at the ENT department of Kowloon East Cluster, Hospital Authority before he joined the private sector in 2018. He is still currently a Clinical Assistant (Honorary) Professor and the chief of division of Laryngology at the Department of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at the CUHK.

Dr Tang has special interest and ample experiences in Head and Neck Cancer Surgery and Reconstruction. He has attached with many well-known cancer centers around the world for learning opportunities, including Chang Gung Memorial Hospital at Taipei, MD Anderson Cancer Center at Texas, United States as well as National Cancer Center East at Tokyo. He obtained the Global Online Fellowship in Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology in 2016.

Dr Tang is also an expert in the field of Laryngology and salivary gland diseases. He oversaw the laryngology service at both Prince of Wales Hospital and Kowloon East Cluster. He introduced new technology on laser therapy and sialoendoscopy to enhance the high-quality services and better treatment outcomes.

Apart from clinical services, Dr Tang participates actively in academic activities under at CUHK. He has been the core members of many local and international ENT conferences, including the role as co-chairperson of CUHK ENT Conference in 2015.

With all his distinctive accomplishments, Dr Tang was awarded the Hospital Authority Kowloon East Cluster Young Achiever Award in 2018.

Dr. Peter KU

Chief, Division of Facial Plastic Surgery
Clinical Associate Professor (honorary)
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dr. Ku is a consultant ENT surgeon at the United Christian Hospital in Hong Kong. He is active in research in NPC dysphagia. He is also a member of European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery and team member of Division of Facial Plastic Surgery in his department. Dr. Ku is also interested in functional and aesthetic septorhinoplasty and other facial plastic surgery.

Program Rundown

Day 1 Programme
7 March 2020 (Saturday)
08:30 - 08:45 Registration
08:45 - 09:00 Introduction and Welcome Speech
Dr. Eric Tang
Dysphagia Foundations
09:00 - 09:45 Anatomy update
Dr. Eric Tang
09:45 - 10:30 Dysphagia – An Overview
Dr. Sin Yong Phua
10:30 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 11:45 Swallowing Physiology and Assessment Revisited
Dr. Sin Yong Phua
11:45 - 12:30 Assessment of Laryngeal Function
Mr. Thomas Law
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch (provided)
Instrumental Assessment
14:00 - 14:45 FEES introduction and comparison with VFSS
Dr. Sin Yong Phua
14:45 - 15:30 Swallowing Physiology on FEES
Dr. Sin Yong Phua
15:30 - 16:00 Break
16:00 - 16:45 Rating Scales
Dr. Sin Yong Phua
16:45 - 17:00 Q & A

Day 2 Programme
8 March 2020 (Sunday)
08:45 - 09:00 Registration
Performing FEES
09:00 - 09:45 FEES and Rehabilitation
Mr. Raymond Fong
09:45 - 10:30 FEES Protocol – Dos and Don’ts
Mr. Thomas Law
10:30 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 11:45 FEES Demonstration
Dr. Sin Yong Phua & Dr. Peter Ku
11:45 - 12:00 Q & A
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch (provided)
Hands-on and Discussion
13:30 – 16:00 Hands-on Endoscopy Session
Dr. Peter Ku, Dr. Sin Yong Phua, Dr. Fiona Ho, Dr. Eric Tang, Dr. Iris Leung, Dr. Osan Ho, Dr. Kary Lui, Mr. Thomas Law
16:00 - 16:30 Discussion
Dr. Sin Yong Phua, Dr. Peter Ku
16:30 - 17:00 Certificate collection

Terms and Regulations


Mr. Edmond Suen (TEL: 3943 9613)
Fax: (852) 3942 0969