I am offering a 4th Year Externship position in my practice beginning summer 2019. I am a new private practice in Concord Township, Ohio (about 40 minutes east of Cleveland). This externship would provide a lot of experience in all aspects of private practice including what it takes to make a start-from-scratch practice work!
I see all ages - infants through geriatrics. I do a lot of dispensing/hearing aid care. I also do auditory processing assessments, incorporate aural rehabilitation into my practice, and perform community school screenings. I practice in an evidence-based, best practice, patient- and family-centered model.
This would not be an appropriate placement if you hope to gain experience in vestibular evaluations, advanced tinnitus care, or cochlear implants.
I am highly passionate about excellent student clinical education. If you are interested or know someone who might be, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org . Thanks!
**If relevant, I do continue to hold my CCC's specifically so that I can precept students whose universities require this. I am also ABA certified.
Primary Practice Setting:
Number of Audiologists at the site:
0 FTE Masters Degree 1 FTE Au.D. 0 FTE Ph.D. 0 FTE Other Doctorate (ScD) 0 FTE professional support staff (technicians/audiometric assistants) 0 FTE Clerical Support Staff
Number of Audiology Students each year:
0 1st year AuD Clinical Rotations 0 2nd year 2 3rd year 1 4th year Externships
Will interview travel be compensated?
Continuing education opportunities?
Yes I would like to involve students in completing continuing education but also helping to plan education for other healthcare professionals
Expected hours/days a week:
Travel to satellite centers required?
Local students preferred:
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?
Externship site expects the extern to have mastered these skills before they begin their clinical externship:
-Mastery of standard audiometry, including masking, word recognition testing -Ability to perform and interpret immittance testing -Ability to perform and interpret DPOAE testing -Ability to decide which tests are appropriate for each patient based on their age, ability, and complaints -Familiarity and some experience with pediatric hearing evaluations including VRA & CPA -Hearing aid knowledge regarding style, technologies, earmolds, basic repair, and real ear verification -Report writing skills -Ability to establish trust and rapport with patients
Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
By completion of their externship I expect that the new audiologist enters practice with the ability to: -Plan appropriate evaluations based on the individual needs of the patient -Develop patient- and family-centered plans of care -Interpret results of test battery and identify approximate site of lesion and areas of concern -Counsel patients & families effectively so that they are able to be involved in their own healthcare decision making -Select and fit hearing aids such that they are a part of the patient's hearing loss rehabilitation -Think critically about the patient as a whole and communicate confidently with other healthcare professionals -Identify situations which may threaten professional ethics or be out of compliance -Be confident in coding, billing, insurance, and reimbursement -Speak with confidence about early intervention and educational recommendations and structures -Perform hearing aid test measures such as on-ear and test-box verification, measure real ear to coupler differences, and interpret the results of these tests as they may pertain to both amplification and auditory system function -Determine candidacy for different rehabilitation options -Determine when specialized evaluations are appropriate (auditory processing, vestibular, tinnitus, CI, electrophys) -Choose a best-practice auditory processing test battery -Obtain tympanometry, DPOAEs, and audiometry on a child who does not want you to touch them -Understand the limits of their scope of knowledge and when to ask questions & consult others
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
No If an opportunity to conduct clinical research comes up, I will jump at the opportunity to participate
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:
If they university has their own rubric, I will be pleased to utilize it.
Letters of Recommendation Resume Personal Review Phone interview Letter of request/intent
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
Student should email the required application materials
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)
Additional Salary Information: I strongly believe in financially compensating students in the form of a stipend to assist in costs of living; however, as a new practice I am unable to provide this at this time. As I feel I will offer an excellent 4th year educational opportunity, I wanted to open a position.
About Sounds of Life Hearing Center
We are a single-practitioner private practice in Concord Township, OH, established in 2018. We provide pediatric and adult diagnostic hearing evaluations, including auditory processing, but not vestibular or advanced tinnitus.