Dr. Gans and the American Institute of Balance providers have had 38 fourth-year externs to date. The practice focuses on vestibular and balance disorders with a strong medical referral base and interdisciplinary approach. This is a strong private practice setting, allowing students to also gain valuable experience in practice management, as well as physician and managed care relationships. AIB provides the full range of diagnostic vestibular assessment: Computerized Dynamic Posturography (CDP), Rotary Chair, Active Head Rotation, VNG, VEMP, Dynamic Visual Acuity, Postural Stability Tests, etc. Traditional diagnostic audiology, including pediatrics and hearing aid dispensing is also provided. Dr. Gans and staff have performed over 15,000 canalith repositioning maneuvers since 1994 for BPPV treatment, as well as other aspects of Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT). AIB is a strategic partner with physical therapy providers who have been certified through AIB training workshops. This provides an excellent opportunity for the 4th year resident to learn and participate in the entire continuum of patient care from diagnosis through treatment. Dr. Gans is a past president of AAA (2004-05) and works with the students to provide professional as well as practice mentorship. Post-4th year career opportunities may also be available.
Primary Practice Setting:
Number of Audiologists at the site:
0 FTE Masters Degree 4 FTE Au.D. 2 FTE Ph.D. 2 FTE Other Doctorate (ScD) 2 FTE professional support staff (technicians/audiometric assistants) 7 FTE Clerical Support Staff
Number of Audiology Students each year:
0 1st year AuD Clinical Rotations 0 2nd year 0 3rd year 3 4th year Externships
Will interview travel be compensated?
Continuing education opportunities?
Yes Continuing education workshops in Vestibular Rehabilitation, Vestibular Assessment and Management, Concussion, and multiple other workshops are onsite at the main Largo AIB location. Residents interact and assist with these workshops with multiple interdisciplinaries (PT, OT, ENT, Neurologists, etc.)
Expected hours/days a week:
Travel to satellite centers required?
Yes Travel to satellite locations within approximately 35 miles of Largo location one or two days per week.
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:
- Completion of 3rd year of AuD program and in good academic standing- Basic audiologic diagnostic skills including comprehensive audio, immittance, electrophysiologic testing-Interpretation and management of audiologic test findings- Basic report writing skills- Professionalism
Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
- Knowledge and execution of proper testing procedures- Appropriate case history taking and counseling procedures- Established patient rapport-Knowledge and consideration of an interdisciplinary approach to patient care
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 AIB is continually conducting research in the areas of vestibular assessment and rehabilitation. The resident(s) will have the opportunity to participate in research at their level of interest.
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:
November 1, 2019
Letters of Recommendation Resume Transcript Phone interview Letter of request/intent
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
Submission of the following by November 1, 2019:- Resume- Letter of Intent- Transcript from each graduate institution attended (unofficial is acceptable)- Three letters of recommendation (submitted directly from faculty members and/or clinical supervisors either via email or mail; at least 2 of the letters must be from previous clinical supervisors)After review of your completed application, interviews will be conducted. Incomplete applications will not be considered.All items may be sent by either email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to Spencer Reeder, AuD, 8200 Bryan Dairy Rd. Ste. 340 Largo, FL 33777
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)
AIB is recognized as the leading diagnostic, treatment and educational research center in vestibular and equilibrium sciences since 1992. AIB clinics are typically located within rehabilitation-based or hospital facilities promoting the AIB philosophy of a comprehensive, inter-disciplinary approach to patient care. There are currently six AIB clinic locations in the greater Tampa Bay and Orlando areas. The Institute’s main campus and educational center is located in Largo Florida.