This is a 35 hour/week Audiology 4th year externship at Brigham and Women's Hospital, a Harvard teaching hospital in the heart of the Boston medical area. The Hearing Center at BWH provides a full range of adult audiological services including audiological evaluation, VNG/VEMP, ABR, hearing aid evaluation and fitting. Patients are referred from BWH Otolaryngology where the Center is located, BWH medical departments, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and the community at large. Additionally, the Center is responsible for the Newborn Hearing Screening Program providing AABR screenings to all newborns in the BWH nurseries, although extern involvement in the nursery is limited. Although we do see children very occasionally, this externship would not be considered a pediatric placement.
Applicant must be a 3rd year Au.D. student.
Externship site expects the extern to have mastered these skills before they begin their clinical externship:
While this is a year-long learning experience, students are expected to arrive with solid ability to execute the standard audiometric test battery and basic skills in hearing aid troubleshooting, programming, earmold impression and fitting.
Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
Over the course of the externship, students will be expected to acheive mastery of administration and interpretation in the following diagnostic areas:Pure tone and speech audiometry, tympanometry/acoustic reflexes, otoacoustic emissions, adult ABR, VNG, VEMP, Epley. Student will also need to develop independence and mastery of the hearing aid evaluation and fitting process from assessment of patient needs and the appropriate selection of amplification through fitting, counseling, adjustment and follow up. Students are expected to demonstrate good communication skills and a strong work ethic with a high degree of professionalism in interactions with patients and staff.
Primary Practice Setting:
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 7 FTE Au.D. 0 FTE Ph.D. 0 FTE Other Doctorate (ScD) 1 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
Continuing education opportunities?
Yes Students are encouraged to attend the annual AAA Conference as well as local conferences as time allows.
Travel to satellite centers required?
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:
We expect that the university will provide a schedule and format, including any necessary forms, for periodic student evaluation and provide a liaison who is available to discuss student progress, etc. as needed.
October 15, 2018
Letters of Recommendation Resume Letter of request/intent After review of an applicant's written materials he/she may be invited for an in-person interview in Boston. Interviews will be held November 12th and 13th.Every attempt will be made to acknowledge receipt of your materials but not all applicants will be contacted for an interview. Please feel free to email contact below with questions about the status of your application if you have not had a notice of receipt from us within 10 days of sending your materials. Materials received after the deadline cannot be considered.
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
Student and references should email materials when possible. The following: letter of intent, resume, 3 letters of recommendation (at least 2 from clinical placements) can be emailed to: Michelle Trites at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mailed materials, if necessary, may to sent to: Michelle Trites, The Hearing Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital, 45 Francis Street ASB2Boston, MA 02115
Please have your name clearly indicated on all communications and references.
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)
Additional Salary Information: Stipend amount to be determined, typically $27,500.
About Brigham and Women's Hospital
Brigham and Women's Hospital, world-renowned in virtually every area of adult medicine, is a 777 bed teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. Consistently ranked by US News & World Report as one of America’s Best Hospitals, Brigham and Women’s leadership in state-of-the-art treatments and technologies, patient- and family-focused care, patient quality and safety, and biomedical breakthroughs have improved the health of people around the world. The Hearing Center is located within the Division of Otolaryngology and serves an adult population referred from Otolaryngology, primary care, hospital specialty clinics, and the community at large.