Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, TN is seeking an audiology 4th year extern for the 2020-2021 schoolyear. Le Bonheur is ranked as one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, and is the premiere children’s hospital for Memphis and the surrounding areas. Audiology services at Le Bonheur are provided to children ages birth to 21 years at two locations. Patients are seen as inpatient, outpatient, through busy ENT clinics and in the operating room. The extern will gain extensive experience in pediatric audiology, including diagnostics, electrophysiology, hearing aids and cochlear implants while under the supervision of 7 experienced pediatric audiologists.
Interested applicants should be motivated, focused, energetic and organized, and possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills. The position will be a 12-month contract, with an approximate start date of June 1, 2020.
Please submit all application materials by 9/20/19 to Jennifer Bidelman, Au.D., CCC-A at Jennifer.Bidelman@lebonheur.org
Proficiency in conventional audiometry
Experience with otoacoustic emissions, acoustic reflex testing, and auditory brainstem response testing
Experience with visual reinforcement and conditioned play audiometry, both as tester and test assistant
Experience with hearing aid selection, fitting, orientation and troubleshooting
Goal of becoming a pediatric audiologist
Primary Practice Setting:
Number of Audiologists at the site:
2 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:
4 1st year AuD Clinical Rotations 6 2nd year 4 3rd year 2 4th year Externships
Will interview travel be compensated?
Continuing education opportunities?
Expected hours/days a week:
40 hours/5 days
Travel to satellite centers required?
Yes Our locations are approximately 14 miles apart.
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:
•Proficiency in conventional audiometry •Experience with otoacoustic emissions, acoustic reflex testing, and auditory brainstem response testing •Experience with visual reinforcement and conditioned play audiometry, both as tester and test assistant •Experience with hearing aid selection, fitting, orientation and troubleshooting
Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
•Independence in working with children with hearing loss and their families •Independence in VRA, CPA, OAE and ABR testing •Independence in pediatric hearing aid evaluation, selection, fitting, orientation and follow-up •Independence in completing newborn hearing screenings in the NICU •Exposure to cochlear implant candidacy evaluations and follow-up •Confidence with a variety of pediatric patients, including outpatients, ENT patients, inpatients, and patients seen in the operating room
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:
We follow the guidelines of the student's university.
Letters of Recommendation Resume Phone interview Letter of request/intent In-person interview will be required for consideration for this position.
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
Send two (2) letters of recommendation, resume, and letter of intent to Jennifer Bidelman, Au.D., CCC-A at Jennifer.Bidelman@lebonheur.org
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)
Additional Salary Information: Stipend is paid monthly
About Le Bonheur Children's Hospital
Located in Memphis, TN, Le Bonheur Children's Hospital is the premiere children's hospital for Memphis and the surrounding areas. We provide audiology services to children ages birth to 21 years and currently staff 6 pediatric audiologists.
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