The Jefferson Balance and Hearing Center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital is a comprehensive adult audiology practice located in the heart of Philadelphia. Our goal is to provide excellent patient centered care through an interdisciplinary team approach including audiologists, nurses, and physicians.
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital is excited to offer 3 externship opportunities at 2 different sites for the academic year 2020/2021
Site 1 (Hospital/Academic): 2 Full Time Positions; Jefferson Balance & Hearing Center - Center City Philadelphia. MAIN LOCATION
Fast paced environment
Regular exposure to cochlear implants
Regular exposure to vestibular evaluations
Regular exposure to electrophysiology
Weekly exposure (1 day a week) to vestibular / electrophysiology evaluations at the comprehensive balance center in Cherry Hill. Including rotary chair and vHIT
Regular exposure to tinnitus evaluations and counseling
Regular exposure to amplification to include osseo-integrated devices
Regular exposure to complex audiometry
Regular interactions with 2 neuro-otologists, other sub specialized physicians & staff
Approximately 100% adults
Ideal for team oriented and motivated individuals interested in an academic environment
Site 2 (Private Practice/Community-based ENT): 1 Full Time Position; Jefferson at Holy Redeemer – Huntingdon Valley. SATELLITE**
Fast paced environment
Weekly exposure (1 day a week) to cochlear implants at the Center City location
Weekly exposure (1 day a week) to vestibular / electrophysiology evaluations at the Center City location or at the comprehensive balance center in Cherry Hill
Regular exposure to traditional amplification
Regular exposure to comprehensive audiometry
Regular interactions with 2 general otolaryngologists and staff
Approximately 85% adults
Ideal for a team oriented and motivated self-starter
** Interview will be held at the Center City location
**Training at our Center City location for approximately 5-6 weeks is required before starting at this site
The Jefferson Balance & Hearing Centers offers a 12 month fourth year Au.D. Externship beginning in May 2020 & ending May 2021. Externs are provided with supervision by experienced audiologists with ASHA CCC-A and/or ABA Board Certification in Audiology, in addition to Pennsylvania licensure in audiology. Supervision from an audiologist with the ASHA CCC-A is guaranteed.
In your letter of intent, please rank which externship site you are most interested in applying for and how your experience and interests make you an ideal candidate for this type of setting. If you are interested in both, please explain what makes you an ideal candidate for each setting?
Bachelor's Degree is required. Applicant must be currently enrolled in a Clinical Doctorate (Au.D.) degree in Audiology through an accredited program. Academic requirements must met for degree completion prior to starting the 4th year externship.
- 3 letters of recommendation
- Up to date transcript
- Letter of intent and ranking of desired site
- Up to date CV/Resume
Primary Practice Setting:
ENT group practice University medical center
Number of Audiologists at the site:
0 FTE Masters Degree 9 FTE Au.D. 1 FTE Ph.D. 0 FTE Other Doctorate (ScD) 2 FTE professional support staff (technicians/audiometric assistants) 1 FTE Clerical Support Staff
Number of Audiology Students each year:
0 1st year AuD Clinical Rotations 0 2nd year 1 3rd year 3 4th year Externships
Will interview travel be compensated?
Continuing education opportunities?
Yes Manufacturer educational sessions
Expected hours/days a week:
Travel to satellite centers required?
Yes 20 miles Satellite offices will require personal transportation
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:
-Take a complete case history -Strong report writing skills -Competently perform hearing evaluations to include tympanometry, acoustic reflex testing, and OAEs -Strong knowledge of hearing aids (evaluations, fitting, and troubleshooting) -Working knowledge of vestibular testing (VNG)-Basic skill in evoked potential testing (ABR, ECochG, VEMP, etc.) -Basic knowledge of cochlear implant candidacy, testing, troubleshooting, and programming -Basic knowledge of tinnitus management and counseling
Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
-Proficient report writing skills -Mastery of basic hearing evaluations, tympanometry, acoustic reflex testing, and OAEs -Proficiency in all aspects of hearing aids (evaluations, fitting, and troubleshooting) -Proficiency in vestibular assessment -Proficiency in evoked potentials -Competence in cochlear implant evaluation, programming, counseling, and device follow-up -Basic skills in tinnitus management and counseling
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 in a variety of areas - Clinical trials in conjunction with otologists
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:
Letters of Recommendation Resume Transcript Phone interview Letter of request/intent Other 3 letters of recommendation
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
Phone interview for strong candidates and in-person interview is required for final candidates around the end of October. A contract must be established between the institutions prior to starting.
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)