Seattle Children’s Hospital will be offering a 12-month Audiology 4th-Year Externship beginning June 2019 to a qualified candidate looking for a challenging and fast-paced pediatric experience. The qualified candidate will be a highly motivated individual coming from a 4-year AuD program who is excited about a career in pediatric audiology. The extern should be a strong team player who is mature and responsible. We offer comprehensive, family-centered care to a diverse population which will provide the extern with a well rounded clinical experience. Seattle Children’s Hospital is an academic medical center located in the lush Pacific Northwest. Seattle Children’s Hospital is ranked the #1 best children’s hospital in the Northwest by U.S. News & World Report. Seattle Children’s Hospital serves the entire Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho region. We currently have audiology clinics in Seattle, Bellevue and Everett. Our audiologists work with patients directly scheduled in Audiology from multiple internal and external referral sources as well as resourcing with other teams such as Otolaryngology, Craniofacial, and inpatient services. Clinical experiences during the externship will include:
Electrophysiologic testing during natural sleep and under anesthesia
Newborn hearing screening
Hearing device dispensing including: hearing aids, FM systems, bone conducted sound processors
Cochlear implant programming and follow up
Experience working with multidisciplinary teams and community programs.
The AuD extern will divide their experience between the main hospital campus in Seattle, the Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center, and the North Clinic in Everett. The extern will have a mentor, a primary clinical supervisor, and will have the opportunity to work with multiple audiologists. All preceptors maintain ASHA certification and provide 100% supervision
Students must be enrolled in a four-year AuD program to apply for a 4th year externship at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Candidates must have successfully completed all required coursework and clinical placements up to the application deadline and the applicant selected must maintain successful completion of coursework and clinic placements through the start of the externship.
Externship site expects the extern to have mastered these skills before they begin their clinical externship:
•Solid diagnostic testing skills, including successful completion of at least one pediatric rotation. •Working knowledge/some experience with BAER, OAE, hearing device programming and fitting, and early intervention services for children with hearing loss. •Interest in pediatric cochlear implant, aural habilitation, and multidisciplinary teams. •Professional interactions with patients, families, supervisors and other care team members.
Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
•Proficient diagnostic audiologic testing, interpretation, and counseling with typically developing as well as medically complex and/or developmentally delayed infants and children ages 0 – 21 years and their families. •Competence in selection, programming, verification, and validation of various hearing devices. •Planning and participation in appropriate aural habilitation services. •Ability to function collaboratively in teams within and across departments. •Attendance and participation in staff and team meetings. •Learn about and participate in continuous improvement and innovation activities.
Primary Practice Setting:
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:
4 FTE Masters Degree 22 FTE Au.D. 2 FTE Ph.D. 0 FTE Other Doctorate (ScD) 10 FTE professional support staff (technicians/audiometric assistants) 3 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 We support clinical research in our department as well as others throughout the organization.
Continuing education opportunities?
Yes Externs are encouraged to participate in offerings through Seattle Children's and other local sources.
Travel to satellite centers required?
Yes Travel is required to participate in assigned clinical activities at our sites of care in Seattle, Bellevue, and Everett. Distances range from 9 - 25 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:
Prior to the start of the externship, an affiliation agreement must be completed between Seattle Children's and the University. Participation in the externship at SCH is contingent upon successful establishment of the affiliation agreement. In addition to this requirement, the University will need to provide the Preceptor Team with all necessary assessment forms and deadlines for completion. Regular check in with the student's faculty liaison.
Other •Resume/CV •Letter of intent •3 letters of recommendation (1 letter from a pediatric clinical placement), sent directly from source via email •University transcript: graduate program to be sent directly from registrar to SCH Audiology •# of total clinic hours; with break out of pediatric hours •All materials should be sent by email to: AUDExtern@seattlechildrens.org •After application deadline, selected applicants will be invited to interview by phone and final candidates will be interviewed through online video conference.
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
See application requirements above. After the application deadline, selected applicants will be invited to interview by phone. Final candidates will be interviewed through online video conference. All interviews will be scheduled during business hours on PST. Extern selection will be made by mid-November. The selected candidate must accept or decline by the end of November. Specific timelines will be given to the selected candidate.
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)