The audiology department at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is seeking a Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) student to complete a full-time 12-month pediatric externship. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta was recognized in the Best Children’s Hospitals ranking for 2016 – 2017 by U.S. News & World Report. Ideal externship candidates will be motivated, flexible, and have a strong interest in pediatric audiology. The extern will receive a well-rounded training from highly skilled audiologists as well as collaborating with other teams such as Otolaryngology, Craniofacial, and inpatient services. Clinical experiences during the externship will include:
Electrophysiologic testing during natural sleep and under anesthesia
Newborn hearing screening
Hearing device dispensing including: hearing aids, FM systems, bone conducted sound processors
Cochlear implant programming and follow up
Vestibular evaluations in the pediatric population
Central Auditory Processing evaluations
The AuD extern will divide their experience between the main hospitals as well as several satellite locations. The extern will have a primary clinical supervisor and will have the opportunity to work with multiple audiologists.
Candidates must have successfully completed all required coursework and clinical placements up to the application deadline and the applicant selected must maintain successful completion of coursework and clinic placements through the start of the externship.
Externship site expects the extern to have mastered these skills before they begin their clinical externship:
•Positive attitude, flexibility, highly motivated •Proficiency with basic audiometry, experience with hearing aid fitting/orientation •Report writing experience
Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
•Gain experience managing pediatric patients •Gain independence when working with children and their families •Gain experience counseling families regarding diagnosis and management of hearing loss and interventions •Familiarity with cochlear implant candidacy and post-operative management •Ability to integrate professionally within an audiology department and collaborate with a wide variety of medical professionals •Understanding of risk factors for hearing loss as they apply to the pediatric population. •Selection, fitting and verification of amplification. •Increased independence in electrophysiology testing. •Demonstrate proficient report writing skills
Primary Practice Setting:
Number of Audiology Students each year:
0 1st year AuD Clinical Rotations 0 2nd year 1 3rd year 1 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:
1 FTE Masters Degree 16 FTE Au.D. 0 FTE Ph.D. 0 FTE Other Doctorate (ScD) 0 FTE professional support staff (technicians/audiometric assistants) 5 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
Continuing education opportunities?
Yes On-site training from HA and CI manufacturers as well as some other training offered by the hospital annually.
Travel to satellite centers required?
Yes From Midtown Atlanta, average travel is between 5 - 20 miles
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:
Regular check-ins and reminders of evaluation requirements
Letters of Recommendation Resume Letter of request/intent Please include cover letter, resume, and two letters of recommendation.
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
Please submit cover letter, resume, and two letters of recommendation to email@example.com
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta is comprised of three hospitals and many outpatient satellite locations. CHOA was recognized in the Best Children’s Hospitals ranking for 2015 – 2016 by U.S. News & World Report. Fortune magazine has included Children's on its elite list of "100 Best Companies to Work For" for ten consecutive years and counting.