The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center audiology program provides comprehensive audiologic, and rehabilitative services. The program offers special emphasis in the area of ototoxic monitoring, vestibular and balance function testing, and aural rehabilitation for patients with cancer. The program also offers specialty training and experience with patients who have acoustic neuromas, meningiomas, glomous jugulare tumors, Meniere's disease, and middle ear dysfunction. Clinical services are provided in conjunction with ongoing institutional research protocols.
Program Mission Our goal is to prepare the next generation of independent audiology clinicians with the skills and knowledge necessary to provide outstanding patient care with excellently structured audiology training in a multidisciplinary clinical and research environment.
Program Description The Audiology Fellowship program is a 12-month full-time position and designed to prepare fellows for a career in adult as well as pediatric audiology. We also provide research experience to fellows. The program includes a research project which is completed during the fellowship training. At the conclusion of the program, the fellow will be expected to demonstrate competence in various clinical areas to provide the highest level of audiological services.
Our AuD fellowship program includes, but is not limited to:
Comprehensive diagnostic audiologic evaluation for adults and children
Monitoring and counseling of tinnitus
OAE and ABR testing - Sedated ABR for pediatric ototoxic monitoring - Neurodiagnostic ABR
Auditory Steady State Responses (ASSR)
Hearing aid (fitting and dispensing)
Assistive listening devices
Evaluation and programming of bone anchored hearing instruments
Observation and participation of patient candidates for cochlear implant, bone anchored hearing instruments, and acoustic neuroma surgery.
Two MD Anderson subspecialties also were ranked high in the survey. In the Ear, Nose and Throat specialty, the Head and Neck Surgery service was ranked No. 15, and in Gynecology, Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine ranked No. 17. These two specialties consistently have been ranked for the last two decades. The survey also ranked MD Anderson as “High Performing” in Diabetes & Endocrinology, Orthopedics and Urology.
Externship site expects the extern to have mastered these skills before they begin their clinical externship:
- Basic audiologic diagnostic testing for all ages. - Basic rehabilitative skills ( including hearing aids)- Basic vestibular testing- Basic electrophysiologic testing (ABR, DPOAEs)
Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
- Proficiency in advanced audiologic diagnostic testing - Ototoxicity monitoring - Proficiency in hearing aid selection and fitting, including osseointegrated devices. - Proficiency in counseling patients including tinnitus management. - Proficiency in vestibular testing including rotary chair. - Proficiency in report writing, professional communication, and decision making skills- Outcome measures
Primary Practice Setting:
University medical center
Number of Audiology Students each year:
0 1st year AuD Clinical Rotations 0 2nd year 0 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 1 FTE Au.D. 0 FTE Ph.D. 0 FTE Other Doctorate (ScD) 0 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
Yes Yes. Completion of an approved research project that focuses on an agreed upon audiologic topic of choice.
Continuing education opportunities?
Travel to satellite centers required?
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:
Affiliation agreement in place prior to the start of the externship. Expected evaluations with due dates.
Other Please contact Denice Perez, MA, CCC-SLP for detailed information.
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
Please contact Denice Perez, MA, CCC-SLP for detailed information.
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)
About The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
We're one of the largest cancer centers in the world. We've been working to eliminate cancer for more than six decades. Our depth of experience contributes to every aspect of your care.
We have ranked as one of the top two hospitals in cancer care every year since U.S. News & World Report began its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey in 1990.
Our physicians are frequently recognized as amon...g the best in the nation by services including Best Doctors in America.The mission of MD Anderson Cancer Center is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation, and the world through outstanding programs that integrate patient care, research and prevention, and through education for undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, professionals, employees and the public. MD Anderson ranks first in the number and amount of research grants awarded by the National Cancer Institute. By studying how cancer begins and responds to various treatments, we can help patients overcome disease and prevent recurrence.