Marion Downs Center 4th Year Externship-Denver, Colorado
Marion Downs Center
August 24, 2018
4280 Hale Parkway
Full Time - Externship
The Marion Downs Center (MDC) is a nonprofit “Center of Excellence” that provides culturally sensitive services, resources, education and research to support the needs of individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing or who have communication challenges, their families, and the professionals who serve them. Located in Denver, Colorado, the MDC provides clinical services, support and outreach to the Denver metro area. The MDC's multidisciplinary staff includes audiologists, speech-language pathologists, occupational audiology technicians, pediatric screening technicians, and teachers.
The 12-month MDC Fellowship includes experience with all ages of patients in multiple areas of practice including:
Aural (Re)habilitation (Marion’s Way Preschool and Adult Classes)
The Colorado LEND Program supports a 4th year Fellow at the Marion Downs Center. The Colorado Audiology LEND is a program through JFK Partners at the University of Colorado Denver (UCD). LEND Fellows participate in multidisciplinary educational opportunities at UCD in addition to their clinical responsibilities at MDC.
Applicants must have successfully completed 3 years of a residential doctoral program in audiology. Ideal applicants have:
strong academic and clinical foundations
excellent interpersonal and communication skills
solid work and professional ethics
the ability to work and contribute in a team environment
value for evidence based practice
passion for service supporting a diverse patient population
a desire to serve individuals of all ages and abilities
motivation to learn and succeed
Externship site expects the extern to have mastered these skills before they begin their clinical externship:
Academic knowledge and basic skills in: 1.Adult and pediatric behavioral diagnostic assessment 2.Immittance test battery 3.Otoacoustic emissions testing 4.Electrophysiologic testing including ABR and ASSR 5.Adult and pediatric hearing aid selection, fitting, verification and validation 6.Aural (re)habilitation 7.Individual and family counseling
Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
Advanced clinical knowledge and skills in all of the areas above and:
1. Cochlear implant candidacy evaluation, mapping, troubleshooting and assessmnt 2. Assistive device support including FM/Roger 3. Supporting the needs of individuals with developmental disabilites 4. Implementation of community based education 5. Occupational hearing program knowledge and skills
Primary Practice Setting:
Community speech and hearing center
Number of Audiology Students each year:
0 1st year AuD Clinical Rotations 2 2nd year 1 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:
2 FTE Masters Degree 2 FTE Au.D. 1 FTE Ph.D. 0 FTE Other Doctorate (ScD) 2 FTE professional support staff (technicians/audiometric assistants) 6 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 All trainees will participate in a LEND year long scholarly project
Continuing education opportunities?
Yes All LEND trainees participate in didactic learning seminars in leadership and 'Key Concepts in Neurodevelopment Disabilities". Funding support is provided to attend the annual EHDI Conference as well as JFK Partners ASD Conference and other local opportunities.
Travel to satellite centers required?
Consortium or collaborative arrangements with other sites?
Yes Through the LEND Program at the University of Colorado, trainees participate in a rotation in the multidisciplinary ASD/DD clinic at Children's Hospital Colorado.
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:
Implementation of an affiliation agreement as well as clear expectations regarding communication and evaluation.
October 1st, 2018
Letters of Recommendation Resume Transcript Phone interview Letter of request/intent
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
Application packet due October 1st. Interviews October 1st-October 31st. Decision November 15, 2018.
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)
The Marion Downs Center (MDC) is a nonprofit organization in Denver, Colorado whose mission and vision was driven, and continues to be inspired, by the life and career of renowned audiologist Marion Downs. The roots of the MDC began almost 100 years ago as the Denver League of Hard-of-Hearing and now the MDC operates as a "Center of Excellence", developing and providing hearing, speech, and language services and programs to the Colorado community.
The MDC mission is to provide culturally sensitive services, resources, education, and research to support the needs of individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing or who have communication challenges, their families, and the professionals who serve them. All MDC activities value individual and family choice in communication and use of technology, and serve all ages with broad diverse backgrounds.
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