Pediatric hospital located in Birmingham, AL, serving the hearing needs of children from birth to age 21 years
2 positions available
Both positions will allow the opportunity for a well rounded pediatric externship.
Children's of Alabama has two main divisions in our Hearing and Speech Center- diagnostic (medical) audiology and HEAR Center (habilitative audiology).
The diagnostic division of Hearing & Speech department is housed inside the main hospital as well as our two satillite facilities. The audiologists conduct outpatient hearing evaluations, AEP testing (sedated and unsedated), inpatient evaluations, pediatric vestibular evaluations, NBHS, cleft palate and craniofacial clinic, medical autism clinic, international adoption clinic and ENT clinic.
The HEAR Center manages children with various types/degrees of hearing impairment through hearing evaluations, hearing aid fittings, BAHAs, FM systems, cochlear implant candidacy, evaluations, fitting, and programming.
Completion of 3 years of graduate work in an accredited audiology program working toward an AuD degree
40-hour work week at assigned facility
Pediatric experience in graduate school preferred
Externship site expects the extern to have mastered these skills before they begin their clinical externship:
Basic audiometric testing; masking; immittance measurements; standard ABR tests; hearing aid fittings/verification; effective report writing skills
Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
Effective pediatric hearing evaluations of ages birth to 21 years of age; Ability to perform electrophysiologic testing and interpretation of results; Pediatric hearing aid selection/verification/fitting; Familiarity with cochlear implant candidacy requirements, evaluation, and programming; Equipment calibration checks; Appropriate counseling skills; Proficient report writing skills; Attend team/staff meetings; Organizational skills
Primary Practice Setting:
Number of Audiology Students each year:
0 1st year AuD Clinical Rotations 0 2nd year 4 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:
2 FTE Masters Degree 11 FTE Au.D. 0 FTE Ph.D. 0 FTE Other Doctorate (ScD) 1 FTE professional support staff (technicians/audiometric assistants) 1 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
Yes The clinic is often involved in various research projects. Should the clinic be involved in active research during the 4th year externship, the applicant could be involved with tracking and organizing data. All research is physician directed and the audiologists conduct testing to support the research.
Continuing education opportunities?
Yes The 4th year extern may have the opportunity to attend conferences hosted at Children's of Alabama or other local agencies.
Travel to satellite centers required?
Yes The extern may occasionally have to travel no more than 10-15 miles to a satelitte center for coverage.
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:
Positive or negative feedback regarding extern's clinic experience. Primary supervisor will meet with the student weekly for the first quarter (then monthly thereafter) of the fellowship to review progress and skills assessments.
October 13, 2017
Letters of Recommendation Resume Transcript Phone interview Letter of request/intent Other Transcripts can be unoffical but a copy of the undergraduate diploma will be required prior to hiring. Two-three letters of recommedation requested.2-3 letters of recommendation requiredIt is strongly recommended the final applicants interview on-site.
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
Applicants can send application packets to the attention of Jennifer Shelor at: Children's of Alabama Hearing and Speech- Clinic 2 1600 7th Avenue South Birmingham, AL 35233 or applicants can e-mail all documentation to: Jennifer.email@example.com. Email is preferred for all documentation.
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)