4th year Extern (up to 3 positions available)The Department of Pediatric Audiology and Hearing Rehabilitation at St. Louis Children's Hospital offers a clinical externship where students are exposed to diverse and challenging clinical experiences. Our clients are between 0 – 21 years of age and often have a complex medical histories. The environment offers a fast paced schedule with an emphasis on evidence-based practice. Providing a superior patient experience is our number one goal. Our team participates in ongoing research projects giving patients access to the latest surgical, diagnostic, and technological applications. Our team's clinicians and physicians are able to use this information to maximize hearing aid and cochlear implant benefit for patientsDepending on the interest of our final candidates, the 4th year extern's role can vary from dedicated to cochlear implant and rehabilitative audiology, dedicated to diagnostic audiology and hearing aids, or a shared experience across specialties.
Enrollment in an Au.D. program and a strong desire to join a team environment. Interested individuals should be highly motivated and possess a strong interest in working with hearing impaired children. Applicants should be able to multi-task and take initiative in their clinical and educational opportunities in a professional manner
Externship site expects the extern to have mastered these skills before they begin their clinical externship:
Students should be comfortable participating in basic audiometric exams with children using VRA, CPA, and conventional testing methods. They should have a high level of motivation and professionalism. Applicants should have some exposure to desired specialization areas if wanting to choose a focus area for their 4th year experience (i.e. diagnostic applications, cochlear implants, etc.)
Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
Students have opportunities to gain confidence with: otoscopy; acoustic immittance testing; air and bone conduction testing via BOA/VRA/CPA; hearing aid selection, fitting and verification; evaluation for cochlear implant candidacy; programming of cochlear implants; aided sound field and speech perception testing; FM/DM system evaluation, fitting, and verification; interaction with team members; and counseling parents. There may also be opportunities to participate in research and/or auditory training if candidate is interested.
Primary Practice Setting:
Hospital University medical center Multi-specialty medical center
Number of Audiology Students each year:
0 1st year AuD Clinical Rotations 0 2nd year 2 3rd year 3 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:
2 FTE Masters Degree 10 FTE Au.D. 0 FTE Ph.D. 0 FTE Other Doctorate (ScD) 2 FTE professional support staff (technicians/audiometric assistants) 4 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 Funding may be available.
Yes Our team is highly involved in research activities; an interested 4th year may have opportunities to get involved as projects arise or if one is presented by the student.
Continuing education opportunities?
Travel to satellite centers required?
Yes One extern will be placed at our multi-disciplinary outpatient medical center approximately 20 minutes from the main hospital with the potential for the other externs to travel to the satellite for specific situations.
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:
An affiliation agreement must be completed between the University and the hospital.
September 15, 2017
Letters of Recommendation Resume Transcript Phone interview Letter of request/intent
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
Please submit CV, cover letter, an unofficial transcript, and three letters of recommendation to the contact below.
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)
Services at St. Louis Children’s Hospital (SLCH) are a joint effort between SLCH and Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM). St. Louis Children’s Hospital has been repeatedly recognized by U.S. News & World Report and Parents Magazine as a one of America’s leading children's hospitals. The Washington University Department of Otolaryngology is known nationally and internationally for excellence in education, clinical and surgical skill, and research.