The Center for Childhood Communication (CCC) at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) commits to being the world leader in helping children reach their full potential by delivering integrated family–centered clinical care, innovative research and quality education in childhood communication and its disorders. The CCC offers a fourth year Au.D. externship each year, beginning on or about July 1st and ending on or about June 30th. When considering candidates, we look for bright, motivated individuals who have experience working with pediatric patients and want to become pediatric audiologists. We have a large staff (~35 audiologists) and our clinical setting is demanding and fast-paced. Externs are provided with supervision by experienced pediatric audiologists with either ASHA CCC-A or ABA Board Certification in Audiology, in addition to the state license in audiology. Supervision from an audiologist with the ASHA CCC-A is available but not guaranteed.
Bachelor's Degree is required. Applicant must be currently enrolled in a Clinical Doctorate (Au.D.) program in Audiology, with all requirements met for the degree with the exception of the 4th year externship. High level of skill in various audiological assessment and treatment procedures pertaining to the pediatric population. Fundamental research skills including a general understanding of research methodology, design, and statistics. All CHOP employees who work in a patient building or who provide patient care are required to receive an annual influenza vaccine unless they are granted a medical or religious exemption. Other requirements include: • Child Abuse Clearances • FBI Fingerprint Clearance • Drug and Tobacco Screenings. The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability or veteran status.
Externship site expects the extern to have mastered these skills before they begin their clinical externship:
High level of skill in various audiological assessment and treatment procedures pertaining to the pediatric population. Fundamental research skills including a general understanding of research methodology, design, and statistics.
Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
Clinical experiences are customized to meet the needs and interests of each extern. Experiences may include behavioral assessment, physiologic assessment, amplification selection/verification/validation, cochlear implant services, vestibular evaluations, inpatient consultations, family support groups, and more. Our externship also includes a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) fellowship. Please visit http://www.chop.edu/centers-programs/leadership-education-neurodevelopmental-disabilities-fellowship-program for additional information.
Primary Practice Setting:
Number of Audiology Students each year:
0 1st year AuD Clinical Rotations 0 2nd year 3 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:
3 FTE Masters Degree 34 FTE Au.D. 0 FTE Ph.D. 0 FTE Other Doctorate (ScD) 2 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
Other – Please Describe Individual applicants will be made aware of any financial arrangements.
Yes Please see information regarding the LEND fellowship programs. Other opportunities may arise.
Continuing education opportunities?
Yes Small travel budget. Several in-house events.
Travel to satellite centers required?
Yes Travel may be required to one or two of our satellite locations up to 50 miles away: King of Prussia, PA; Chalfont, PA; Exton, PA; Chadds Ford, PA; Voorhees, NJ; Princeton, NJ; Mays Landing, NJ
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:
Email and telephone communication as needed.
Letters of Recommendation Resume Transcript Phone interview Letter of request/intent Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and early submission is encouraged.
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
Each interested student should submit a letter of interest, resume, three letters of recommendation and both graduate and undergraduate transcripts (need not be official). These materials may be sent electronically to the email below or via U.S. mail to:
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Department of Audiology ATTN: Danielle Leisner, Au.D., CCC-A 3500 Civic Center Blvd., BCC 5104 Philadelphia, PA 19104.
Selection Process: Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and early submission is encouraged. Telephone interviews will be scheduled with strong candidates from August through early October. We invite the top 3-5 candidates to CHOP for face-to-face interviews in mid-October. Offers are extended by mid-November. Competition for our externship position is substantial. We are fortunate to receive inquiries from students in top programs throughout the country.
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)
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