A Unique Externship Opportunity in the Desert Southwest
The audiology practice Advanced Hearing Care (AHC) and the ENT practice Alamogordo Ear Nose and Throat are jointly seeking three career-minded audiology externs for the May, 2018-May, 2019 school year.
AHC is the premiere audiology practice of Southern New Mexico, now 24 years strong, and is established in three neighboring cities: Alamogordo, Las Cruces, and Ruidoso. We have been voted and awarded "Best of the Best" for seven consecutive years by the local populations. Our audiologist, owner/founder, Dr. Kelly (Frost) Churchill, and Dr Allison Moneypenny, have a combined 38 years of experience and are consistently awarded the annual "Provider of Distinction" by Audigy. They both are dedicated to mentoring and training the next generation of young audiologists. AHC adopts the latest research findings into our hearing care and uses state-of-the-art equipment and hearing devices. Successful applicants will be engaged at the cutting-edge of private practice audiology. Dr. Churchill trained under Dr. Ruth Bentler, Dr. Margo Skinner and Dr. Mike Valente. Our other audiologist externs did their graduate work the University of Iowa, State University of New York at Buffalo, Texas Tech, Arizona State University and NOAC to name a few. Over the last decade, we have trained twenty 4th year externs.
The ENT practice, run by Dr. Timothy Frost, is located in the same office building as AHC Alamogordo. Dr. Frost has been practicing for 25 years as a Board Certified Otolaryngologist. He is an Alpha Omega Alpha graduate of Washington University Medical School and completed his residency at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Dr. Frost is a pro-audiology physician who enjoys teaching the externs about ear anatomy and pathology, vestibular physiology and cerumen removal using a surgical microscope.
The audiology extern will be responsible for administering diagnostic audiologic tests; a full-range of vestibular testing; ABR, ECoG and VEMP testing; hearing aid dispensing (i.e., testing, fitting, and selection), and hearing rehabilitation service to all populations. The audiologist extern may provide other standard tests as needed. S/he will counsel and educate patients regarding test results and will articulately review the options that best meet their hearing care needs. The audiologist extern will also engage in educating patients, developing patients for life, reviewing pricing options, and dispensing hearing aids as a part of the patient education process.
Nestled in the fertile Mesilla Valley between the majestic Organ Mountains and the meandering Rio Grande, Las Cruces, New Mexico is quickly becoming a popular southwestern destination. The city of Las Cruces has received several awards including rankings from Money magazine as one of the “best college towns to retire” and from AARP as one of their “dream towns” to retire. Las Cruces has also been ranked by Forbes as one of the best small metro areas for business and careers. The City of Alamogordo, just outside White Sands National Monument, rests at the foot of the beautiful Sacramento Mountains, which rise 4500 ft right from the edge of the city. The mountain resort town of Ruidoso is located in the alpine foothills of the famous 12,000 ft Sierra Blanca (named for it's snowy cap). Attractions include the racetrack at Ruidoso Downs and the ski slopes known as Ski Apache. The Las Cruces and Alamogordo climate is ideal, providing superb year-round sunny weather (350 days per year) and moderate “spring and fall” temperatures for 10 months out of the year. Our three locations provide access to cities such as Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Tucson, El Paso, and historically rich locations such as Old Mesilla, Cloudcroft, and the Gila National Forest. We abound with world-class Mexican food!
Interested students must be looking for their 4th year internship/externship position
Interested students should view our website at www.HearNM.com before applying.
Externship site expects the extern to have mastered these skills before they begin their clinical externship:
Student should have training in the following areas, but need not have mastered the following skills: 1. Diagnostics 2. Hearing aid fitting and dispensing 3. Tinnitus evaluation and rehabilitation 4. VNG/Balance testing 5. Cerumen management 6. Auditory Rehabilitation
Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
Student should be gaining independence in the following areas during their externship: 1. Diagnostics 2. Hearing aid fitting and dispensing 3. Tinnitus evaluation and rehabilitation 4. VNG/Balance testing 5. Cerumen management 6. Auditory Rehabilitation
Primary Practice Setting:
ENT group practice Private Practice
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:
0 FTE Masters Degree 4 FTE Au.D. 0 FTE Ph.D. 1 FTE Other Doctorate (ScD) 0 FTE professional support staff (technicians/audiometric assistants) 9 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 Students and staff are sent to several trainings each year, costs are covered by the practice
Travel to satellite centers required?
Yes 2 satellite centers within 60 miles of main office
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:
Communication and support at least once per semester, and otherwise as needed
December 1, 2017
Letters of Recommendation Resume Transcript Personal Review Phone interview Letter of request/intent
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
Please contact us to let us know of your interest in applying, additional information will be requested at that time
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)