The Children's Cochlear Implant Center at UNC is seeking an audiology extern for our large pediatric clinic for the 2019-2020 academic year. The Children's Cochlear Implant Center at UNC has been providing cochlear implants to children who are deaf and hard of hearing for 25 years. We are a multi-disciplinary team that focuses on the support of families, clinical research and best practice in our approach to what is necessary for the successful use of cochlear implants.
Our externship placement is a specialized placement for those interested in pediatric cochlear implants. Our extern works as a part of the pediatric implant team assisting clinicians with cochlear implant evaluations, mappings, follow-up booth testing, as well as counseling families pre and post implantation. Externs will work toward independence in evaluating patients for candidacy, activation of cochlear implants, and regular mapping appointments.
To apply for our 4th Year Audiology Externship please email the following to email@example.com with the title 4th Year Extern Position:
1) Letter of Intent 2) CV or Resume 3) Transcript (official or nonofficial) 4) 3 Letters of Reference
Applicants are required to have successfully completed all academic and clinic experience requirements of their first, second and third year programs.
Primary Practice Setting:
University medical center
Number of Audiologists at the site:
0 FTE Masters Degree 5 FTE Au.D. 0 FTE Ph.D. 0 FTE Other Doctorate (ScD) 0 FTE professional support staff (technicians/audiometric assistants) 2 FTE Clerical Support Staff
Number of Audiology Students each year:
7 1st year AuD Clinical Rotations 11 2nd year 10 3rd year 1 4th year Externships
Will interview travel be compensated?
Continuing education opportunities?
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:
audiometry, tympanometry, familiarity with cochlear implants and cochlear implant software
Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
pediatric cochlear implants
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
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:
whatever the school needs we will do
Letters of Recommendation Resume Transcript Phone interview Letter of request/intent
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
email the above to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject 4th Year Extern
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)
The Children's Cochlear Implant Center at UNC is part of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Department of Otolaryngology at the University of North Carolina Hospital and Clinics. Our pediatric cochlear implant program, which is independent of the adult program, is staffed by 4 full time audiologists and 6 full time Listening and Spoken Language certified speech and language pathologists. In addition to world renowned pediatric cochlear implant care, we feature individualized therapy for children with all levels of hearing loss, and learning opportunities for hearing care professionals through mentorships and continuing education programs. We serve children with hearing loss from birth to 21 years of age and provide the complete range of diagnostic and habilitative hearing-related services.
The Children's Cochlear Implant Center at UNC is a cooperative team of professionals currently serving over 1000 children. Our population of children comes primarily from North Carolina, but also from surrounding states and some international locales. Newborn hearing screening programs have been successfully implemented in North Carolina and many of our patients are referred to us ...as infants. We serve an extremely diverse patient population in social, economic, and medical backgrounds. Tracking patient performance with standardized clinical tools is a priority of our program. Ensuring that habilitation has been optimized by working closely with a child's local team of early interventionists and educators is also a cornerstone of our intervention philosophy.