St. Jude Children's Research Hospital hosts a unique externship opportunity focusing on diagnostic audiology in the form of ototoxic monitoring and rehabilitation through amplification. SJCRH Audiology Clinic fosters clinical skills through diagnostic assessments on children (70% of population) and adults (30% of population) with significant exposure to evoked potential testing via ABR/ASSR evaluations. An extern also will be offered ample opportunity to sharpen skills of hearing aid verification and management for our pediatric population.
An extern should display a significant desire to work with a pediatric population. A previous pediatric rotation is required. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to establish a quick rapport are required. Excellent clinical knowledge of diagnostic audiology and hearing aid management is needed, as is confident clinical decision making skills. An extern should come with a willingness to learn and a desire to gain independence in case management.
Primary Practice Setting:
Number of Audiologists at the site:
0 FTE Masters Degree 3 FTE Au.D. 1 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 2 2nd year 3 3rd year 1 4th year Externships
Other – Please Describe Stipend pending - likely $25,000
Will interview travel be compensated?
10 (sick included)
Continuing education opportunities?
Yes Externs are allowed to attend one conference (three days) during their externship year. Conference fees and travel fees are the responsibility of the extern.
Expected hours/days a week:
40 hrs/5 days
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:
A confident knowledge of behavioral audiometry with adults and pediatrics, evoked potential testing, and hearing aid management is desired.
Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
- Ototoxic monitoring via diagnostic audiology - Behavioral audiometry in all populations - Evoked potential assessment - Hearing aid verification - Hearing aid counseling and management - Excellent report writing - Strong case management skills
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 Data collection and data entry are a part of almost every evaluation.
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:
Availability should concerns arise
Resume Transcript Letter of request/intent 3 letters of recommendation (one should be from a pediatric rotation)
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
Please send the application requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org or the following address:
Skye Jones, AuD, CCC-A St. Jude Audiology Clinic 262 Danny Thomas Place, MS 113 Memphis, Tennessee 38105
Contract will be discussed with university upon acceptance.
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)
The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay.
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