The Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System audiology department offers clinical services at one main hospital, two ambulatory care centers and six community based outpatient clinics. Externs rotate between the main hospital located in West Los Angeles and the Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center located in North Hills. Our externs work Monday-Friday from 7:00 am-3:30 pm.
We offer a wide variety of clinical opportunities including: diagnostic hearing evaluations, hearing aid selection and fitting with real ear measurments, aural rehabilitation, OAEs, BAHA, electrophysiology (including ABRs, ECog and cervical VEMP), vestibular evaluations (including VNG, VHIT, rotary chair and posturography), FM and assisitive listening devices, tinnitus management (including Progressive Tinnitus Management and mindfulness training). Externs also participate in Otology conference with the ENT department.
Externship site expects the extern to have mastered these skills before they begin their clinical externship:
-Diagnostic hearing evaluations (tympanometry, acoustic reflex thresholds, acoustic reflex decay, puretone air and bone testing, speech recognition thresholds and word recognition testing) - Fundamental hearing aid selection/fitting (including real ear measurements) -Fundamental hearing aid troubleshooting (to include repairs and adjustments) -Knowledge of electrophysiologic tests (experience preferred) -Knowledge of vestibular evaluations (experience preferred) -Report writing skills
Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
-Ability to independently evaluate and treat patients with hearing and vestibular disorders -Ability to independently make clinical decisions and appropriate referrals based on test findings -Improve time management -Function as a member of a busy clinic
Primary Practice Setting:
VA 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:
0 FTE Masters Degree 12 FTE Au.D. 0 FTE Ph.D. 0 FTE Other Doctorate (ScD) 3 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?
Travel to satellite centers required?
Yes ~15 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:
-Completion of affiliation agreement (as needed) -Advance notice of student evaluations
Letters of Recommendation Resume Transcript Phone interview Letter of request/intent
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
Submission of: Letter of interest, Resume, graduate school transcripts (unofficial), 2-3 letters of recommendation. Application materials can be submitted electronically to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)