The Audiology Externship at the University of Wisconsin is designed to provide an audiology doctoral candidate with intensive clinical training in providing pediatric audiological and follow-up services and leadership training to improve systems of care for families of children with hearing loss. This is a unique opportunity offered through acollaboration between the American Family Children’s Hospital (AFCH), Wisconsin Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (WI LEND) Program at the Waisman Center, and the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders Program at the University of Wisconsin
American Family Children’s Hospital (operating as one of the UW Hospitals and Clinics) offers a wide variety of pediatric services, including diagnostic behavioral audiometry ranging from behavioral observation, visual reinforcement audiometry, conditioned play audiometry, and conventional audiometry. AFCH offers exposure to a wide variety of children with multiple medical issues and various genetic syndromes, including Down syndrome, CHARGE Association, Treacher Collins Syndrome, Opitz Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Kubuki Syndrome, and many others. AFCH offers interdisciplinary team services for children with various craniofacial anomalies (CFAC). In addition to behavioral audiometry, the extern will practice otoscopy, immittance testing, otoacoustic emissions testing, auditory brainstem response testing, and auditory steady state response testing. The extern will have the opportunity to observe intraoperative monitoring procedures using ABR and electrocochleography on adult patients undergoing tumor resection through the adult clinic.
AFCH offers hearing aid services, including hearing aid evaluations/consultations, fittings, hearing aid verifications, earmold impressions, earmold modifications, and general maintenance of hearing aids and earmolds. AFCH provides cochlear implant services and the extern will have exposure to candidacy evaluations, counseling, device programming, and follow-up services with functional testing. There will be exposure to candidacy evaluation, counseling, fitting, programming, and follow-up for the non-surgical and surgically implanted osseointegrated sound processor program.
For more than 35 years, the Waisman Center has provided comprehensive services and supports to people with disabilities and their families. Audiological services are provided as part of an interdisciplinary team, including, but not limited to the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic, Neuromotor Development Clinic, Down Syndrome Clinic, and the Newborn Follow-up Clinic. The Waisman Center also collaborates with Central Wisconsin Center (CWC) to provide audiological services. CWC is a state residential and short-term treatment facility for individuals with developmental disabilities located in Madison, Wisconsin.
The audiology extern will participate as a long-term trainee in the WI LEND program, completing all program competencies for which a certificate will be awarded at the end of the year. WI LEND is a competency-based interdisciplinary training program where all trainees are provided an opportunity to develop leadership through participation in clinical work, policy and advocacy, community and research projects. Due to the full-time commitment of the audiology extern, these experiences will be expanded, and the research project based on the applicant’s area of interest in conjunction with a research lab at the Waisman Center.
The audiology extern candidate must be enrolled in an accredited Doctor of Audiology program.
Primary Practice Setting:
Hospital University medical center
Number of Audiologists at the site:
2 FTE Masters Degree 10 FTE Au.D. 1 FTE Ph.D. 0 FTE Other Doctorate (ScD) 0 FTE professional support staff (technicians/audiometric assistants) 3 FTE Clerical Support Staff
Number of Audiology Students each year:
0 1st year AuD Clinical Rotations 0 2nd year 0 3rd year 1 4th year Externships
Will interview travel be compensated?
Continuing education opportunities?
Yes - Occasional training by hearing aid manufacturers. - Early Hearing Detection and Intervention National Conference
June 1, 2020
Expected hours/days a week:
Travel to satellite centers required?
No The trainee may participate in hearing evaluations, auditory brainstem response testing, and hearing aid fittings in rural areas of Wisconsin. Transportation will be provided.
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:
- Basic hearing evaluations - Masking - Some experience with amplification
Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
- Hearing aid evaluations/consultations/fittings - Hearing aid verification - Ear canal impressions - Earmold modifications and general maintenance of hearing aids and earmolds - VRA, CPA, conventional audiometry - ABR - Working as a part of an interdisciplinary team - Some experience with 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
Yes Due to the full-time commitment of the audiology extern, these experiences will be expanded, and the research project will be based on the applicant's area of interest in conjunction with a research lab at the Waisman Center.
Consortium or collaborative arrangements with other sites?
Yes The Audiology Externship is designed to provide an audiology doctoral candidate with intensive clinical training in providing pediatric audiological and follow-up services and leadership training to improve systems of care for families of children with hearing loss. This is a unique opportunity offered through acollaboration between the American Family Children's Hospital (AFCH), Wisconsin Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (WI LEND) Program at the Waisman Center, and the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Wisconsin.
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:
After the trainee has accepted the externship, the University should contact us regarding the affiliation agreement.
October 1, 2019
Letters of Recommendation Resume Transcript Phone interview Letter of request/intent
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
Please mail or e-mail the following documents postmarked by October 1, 2019. - Letter of intent including your background, addressing your area of interest, research experience(s), and interest in research - Curriculum vitae or resume - Unofficial Graduate transcripts. Official transcript may be requested at a later date. - 1 Letter of Recommendation from a clinical supervisor Mail or E-mail (preferred) Information to: Jon C. Douglas, Au.D., CCC-A Waisman Center 1500 Highland Avenue Madison, WI 53705 firstname.lastname@example.org
Initial phone interviews will be scheduled in October. For those selected to the final round, in-person interviews are required. Starting dates can be negotiated based on University schedules, but the externship is anticipated to begin around June 1, 2020.
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)
Additional Salary Information: A stipend of $10,000 will be provided for the fourth year externship. The extern will receive 10 days of vacation as well as holidays recognized by the University of Wisconsin Children’s Hospital.
About University of Wisconsin - Madison
The Audiology Externship is designed to provide an audiology doctoral candidate with intensive clinical training in providing pediatric audiological and follow-up services and leadership training to improve systems of care for families of children with hearing loss. This is a unique opportunity offered through acollaboration between the American Family Children’s Hospital (AFCH), Wisconsin Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (WI LEND) Program at the Waisman Center, and the Department of Communicative Disorders Program at the University of Wisconsin