The Audiology department of the University of Mississippi Speech and Hearing Center is seeking a Doctor of Audiology (Au.D) student to complete a challenging and exciting 12 month (June-May) externship. The University Speech and Hearing center is a university based clinical teaching facility employing numerous audiologists, speech-language pathologists and research faculty. Together, we provide both clinical and research services to all of North Mississippi. Our mission includes a dedication to furthering the education of future audiologists. We take one 4th year AuD extern per academic year. In addition to clinical experience, externs have the opportunity to participate in research and/or teaching activities if they wish. Externs will work full time in our university clinic office where we see a variety of patients through the lifespan.
The ideal candidate will be highly motivated, a strong team player, and a desire to work with all ages of patients for diagnostics, hearing aids, and auditory processing. The objective of this educational externship is to provide a variety of clinical experiences to develop the skills necessary for a career as a well-rounded clinical audiologist. The extern can expect to receive intensive training and mentoring from an experienced staff of clinical audiologists.
Primary Practice Setting:
Other University Speech and Hearing Center
Number of Audiologists at the site:
0 FTE Masters Degree 3 FTE Au.D. 1 FTE Ph.D. 5 FTE Other Doctorate (ScD) 0 FTE professional support staff (technicians/audiometric assistants) 2 FTE Clerical Support Staff
Number of Audiology Students each year:
0 1st year AuD Clinical Rotations 4 2nd year 2 3rd year 1 4th year Externships
Will interview travel be compensated?
Continuing education opportunities?
Yes Occasional training by hearing aid manufacturers. Additionally, the extern will be given time to attend continuing education as they wish, however, no financial support is provided.
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:
•Basic knowledge and considerable experience complete audiologic test battery •Basic knowledge and considerable experience with pediatric audiology including VRA and CPA •Basic knowledge of speech-in-noise testing •Basic knowledge and considerable experience with speech audiometry testing to include masking when appropriate •Basic knowledge and some experience testing children with special needs •Basic knowledge and considerable experience with hearing aids, hearing aid fittings using Noah and manufacturer software •Basic knowledge with and considerable experience with otoacoustic emissions •Basic knowlege of auditory brainstem response testing procedures and other evoked potentials •Basic knowledge of central auditory processing disorders •Basic knowledge of FM systems and school based audiology
Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
•Ability to perform comprehensive diagnostic audiologic evaluations for both pediatric and adult populations •Ability to perform newborn hearing assessments (OAE and ABR) •Ability to perform speech in noise assessment •Ability to perform electrophysiologic tests including neurodiagnostic ABR and MLR •Ability to perform hearing aid evaluations, fittings, and appropriate follow-up care. •Perform in-house hearing aid repairs as appropriate •Perform and interpret central auditory processing testing •Implement and facilitate adult AR group •Implement auditory training for CAPD •Make decisions regarding academic recommendations as it pertains to technology and other accommodations for children with hearing disorders. •Communicate and work with a wide variety of other professionals
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 opportunities are available depending on current studies going on at the facility.
Consortium or collaborative arrangements with other sites?
Yes Our clinic has a contract with local school systems. The extern will be allowed to participate in educational audiology services to the schools as they wish.
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:
Until job is filled
Letters of Recommendation Resume Transcript Phone interview Letter of request/intent Other In person interview preferred, however, skype interview is considered acceptable.
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
Interested students should contact Dr. Haley Messersmith @ email@example.com
Letters, resume, and transcript should be sent via email to above address.
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)
The University Speech and Hearing center is a university based clinical teaching facility. We provide both clinical and research services to North Mississippi. Our mission includes a dedication to furthering the education of future audiologists.