The Mercy Hospital St. Louis Audiology Externship Program located in St. Louis, Missouri includes diagnostics, electrophysiology, aural rehabilitation, and newborn hearing screening. Other programs at Mercy Hospital that externs may have exposure to include cochlear implants, BAHA, intraoperative monitoring and central auditory processing evaluations. Our externship program is known for its emphasis on mentoring, and our department is unique by offering various settings within one externship. Those settings include outpatient pediatric and adult diagnostics and hearing aids, infant ABR (non-sedated and sedated), BAHA and cochlear implants, a fast-paced pediatric ENT clinic , Mercy NICU follow-up program, Mercy Craniofacial Team and pediatric ENT intraoperative monitoring.
Mercy, a top five health system in the nation, is the seventh largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves millions annually. Mercy Hospital St. Louis has:
St. Louis County's only Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
Externship site expects the extern to have mastered these skills before they begin their clinical externship:
* Pure tone audiometry and basic masking procedures* Basic hearing aid trouble shooting
Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
* Perform accurate adult diagnostic audiograms* Perform accurate pediatric diagnostics including CPA and VRA testing.* Perform accurate sleep-deprived ABR on infant population.* Fit and dispense hearing aids to adult population.* Perform newborn hearing screenings.* Be exposed to Intraoperative Monitoring.* Participate in a Craniofacial Team.* Function as a part of a diverse Audiology Department in a large hospital setting.
Primary Practice Setting:
Multi-specialty medical center
Number of Audiology Students each year:
0 1st year AuD Clinical Rotations 0 2nd year 0 3rd year 2 4th year Externships
Does the externship site provide orientation to relevant clinical policies and procedures?
Does the externship site provide instructions about patient's rights and providing patient education?
Does the externship site provide orientation to quality assessment, quality assurance and quality improvement?
Number of Audiologists at the site:
3 FTE Masters Degree 8 FTE Au.D. 0 FTE Ph.D. 0 FTE Other Doctorate (ScD) 4 FTE professional support staff (technicians/audiometric assistants) 3 FTE Clerical Support Staff
Clinical opportunities that will be given to the extern:
Pediatric evaluations: infant/toddler
Pediatric evaluations: school-age
Adult hearing evaluations
Auditory processing evaluations
Evoked potential assessments
Intra-operative monitoring cases
Hearing aids dispensed
Hearing aid selection/fitting
Audiologic rehabilitation (group or individualized)
Cochlear implant evaluations
Cochlear implant rehabilitation
Other – Please Describe Arrangements are made on an individual year basis pending department budget. All externs have been granted some financial support.
Continuing education opportunities?
Travel to satellite centers required?
Yes Possible placements in Craniofacial Team and/or NICU follow-up program approximately one mile away, as well as our satellite clinic in O'fallon, MO.
Consortium or collaborative arrangements with other sites?
How frequently will the externship site communicate with the university during the externship?
Communication or other support do expected or required from the university during the externship:
A designated externship coordinator from the university's program must contact our site at time of agreement, as well as maintain regular contact throughout externship year.
September 25, 2017
Letters of Recommendation Transcript Letter of request/intent Other Curriculum vitae and 3 confidential letters of recommendation required. Transcripts required from undergraduate and graduate program. Unofficial transcripts are accepted, but must be copies or electronic versions of the official transcripts. Letters of recommendation will NOT be accepted after the application deadline of September 25, 2017.
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
Please submit application by September 25th to include: letter of intent, curriculum vitae, unoffical undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and 3 confidential letters of recommendation. You may submit by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail:Mercy Hospital St. LouisDepartment of Audiology615 South New Ballas Rd.St. Louis MO 63141. Interviews are generally scheduled October-December. Contracts will be worked out after student is accepted.
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)
About Mercy Hospital St. Louis Audiology- St. Louis, MO
We are a non-profit suburban hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. Our department provides a wide variety of pediatric and adult audiologic procedures including diagnostics, electrophysiology, aural rehabilitation,newborn hearing screening,cochlear implants, BAHA, intraoperative monitoring, central auditory processing evaluations and craniofacial clinic.