Our externship program will consists three position options for students: pediatric only, adult only, or a pediatric/adult track.
Our facility is a tertiary care center located on Chicago's South Side in Hyde Park. The hospital has a medical school and residency program. Audiology is part of the Department of Surgery and provides outpatient as well as inpatient services to an extremely diverse population. Listed below is a brief description of the Audiology services we provide. Audiology is located in the outpatient facility (Center for Advanced Medicine) however; we are associated with the adult inpatient hospital and Comer Children’s Center. Our students will be working with the Audiology staff at all times. Staff includes 5 audiologists who are board certified, some of which have their CCCs. The student will have direct supervision throughout their practicum. All audiograms are reviewed and signed off by the audiologists.
Our clinic provides “on-call” audiology services to ENT clinics 5 days a week. Daily patients being seen by ENT can have hearing testing performed the same day. We have 15 attending physicians, who have sub specialized in areas of interest; 6 ENT residents, and rotating medical students. We have 2 primary adult ear Otolaryngologists and 3 pediatric ENTs. However, all physicians can obtain hearing testing during clinic visits for their patients. This includes both adult and pediatric clinics (age range preemie to geriatrics) Ratio of patients is approximately 50% pediatric 50% adult.
Audiology also has a schedule that runs concurrent with ENT clinic. We provide adult and pediatric evaluations, including DPOAEs, impedance measurements, VRA, CPA, traditional audiologic evaluations, ABR/ASSR testing, and VNG testing. Other services provided include: adult and pediatric hearing aid evaluations, dispensing and follow-up; adult and pediatric cochlear implant evaluations, activations and follow-up; osseointegrated device dispensing and management (Baha/Ponto); management of universal newborn hearing screening in NICU and nursery; craniofacial/cleft palate clinic; cystic fibrosis clinic, oncology, and cochlear implant clinics.
Our goal is to provide a well-rounded externship experience for students with the opportunity to practice patient management and follow-up. We provide externs with the tools and experiences to become independent clinicians in all aspects of audiology.
The student’s program must have a signed clinical affiliation agreement with the host school and The University of Chicago Medicine. Please allow for 8-12 weeks processing through our medical legal department.
Application deadline: September 14, 2018
On-site interviews and practical assessments will be held at the end of the month of September/Early October 2018 and a decision will be made by October 5, 2018, pending interview schedule.
Externship runs between May/July 2019 to May/July 2020, with some flexibility in start and end date (a full year placement is expected unless otherwise arranged).
Externship site expects the extern to have mastered these skills before they begin their clinical externship:
-Basic diagnostic audiometry including masking-Basic hearing aid fitting, selection, real ear measurments,and hearing aid maintenance-Ability to perform accurate ear mold impressions-Knowledge of electroyphysiologic measurements-Knowledge of vestibular evaluations-Clear and accurate report writing skills-Professional attitudes toward patients, colleagues, and staff-Willingness to learn-Willingness to work hard-Willingness to collaborate and coordinate patient care with clinic staff
Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
By the end of the externship, we expect students to be "independent" clinicians and are seen as a valuable member of our team. Students will demonstrate increased clinical proficiency and professionalism, ability to deliver patient centered care and make sound clinical judgements
Primary Practice Setting:
Number of Audiology Students each year:
0 1st year AuD Clinical Rotations 2 2nd year 3 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 5 FTE Au.D. 0 FTE Ph.D. 0 FTE Other Doctorate (ScD) 2 FTE professional support staff (technicians/audiometric assistants) 1 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 Research and quality improvement initiative opportunities are available for students.
Continuing education opportunities?
Yes Occasional training by hearing aid and cochlear implant manufacturers. The extern will be given time to attend continuing education as they wish, however no financial support is provided.
Travel to satellite centers required?
Yes Potential travel to satellite center approximately 25 miles from main hospital campus
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-All pertinent evaluation forms-Will provide timely awareness of all student deadlines
Letters of Recommendation Resume Other Letter of intent with the following information: Please indicate preferred externship track (pediatric only externship; adult only externship, or pediatric/adult externship). -Why you are considering an externship at The University of Chicago Medicine -What do you hope to achieve during your externship?•Your particular interest areas in Audiology. -Brief description of your clinical experiences to date. At least 2 letters of recommendations from clinical supervisors
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
If you are interested in applying for our externship, please send application materials to Dr. Brittney Sprouse via email at email@example.com. Please feel free to contact if you have any additional questions or need further details regarding the application process.
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)
The University of Chicago Medicine has been at the forefront of medical care since 1927, when we opened our doors to the first patients. Located in historic Hyde Park on the South Side of Chicago, the medical campus includes Comer Children’s Hospital, Bernard A. Mitchell Hospital for adult inpatient care, Chicago Lying-in Hospital, and the Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine. The University of Chicago Medicine also has outpatient locations throughout the Chicago area. The Univeristy of Chicago Medicine serves a diverse patient population from birth to geriatric.
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