The Audiology Externship at the University of Washington Audiology provides audiology graduate clinicians extensive experiences in pediatric audiological care as well as experiences in adult audiological care. The UW AuD Externship is a collaboration between the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program at the Center on Human Development and Disability (CHDD) the UW Speech and Hearing Clinic (SPHC) and Harborview Medical Center (HMC).
CHDD provides a wide range of services to infants, children, and adolescents including comprehensive diagnostic evaluations using behavioral hearing assessments, otoacoustic emissions, middle ear measures, and brainstem auditory evoked brainstem response testing. Infants and children are fit with hearing aids and other hearing technologies and receive regular follow-up at CHDD; externs are involved in selection, fitting, verification, and outcome measures. Externs will participate in a number of CHDD interdisciplinary outpatient teams for children with developmental disabilities and special health needs: Child Development Clinic, Infant Development Follow-up Clinic, Down Syndrome Specialty Clinic, Cardiac Neurodevelopment Clinic, Congenital Hypothyroid Clinic, and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Clinic. Externs are enrolled in the UW LEND traineeship; the LEND program promotes leadership, research skills, and clinical expertise in graduate level health care professionals who intend to devote their careers to working with children, youth and adults with developmental disabilities. Audiology LEND Externs collaborate with other trainees in speech-language pathology, psychology, social work, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, and developmental pediatrics. Leadership skills are developed through clinical practicum, continuing education, participation in community organizations, advocacy projects, and a mentored leadership project.
The UW SPHC and HMC provide traditional audiological assessments, including behavioral hearing assessments, otoacoustic emissions, and middle ear measures; hearing aid selection, fitting, verification, and follow-up with validation measures; hearing conservation; and aural rehabilitation for the adult population. The student will develop independent diagnostic and management skills and will be introduced to the content and practice of clinical education through mentored supervision of undergraduate students.
The externship is 12 months in duration, with a negotiable start and end date depending on the student’s program and the UW’s externship requirements. Ideally the student would start May/June 2020 and end in early June 2021. A modest stipend is provided. Externs will be supervised by 3 to 5 experienced preceptors; all preceptors maintain ASHA certification. Externs will spend 80% of their time at CHDD and 20% in adult assessment/hearing technology and research. An individualized plan of skill development will be developed for each extern and regular meetings will review the extern’s progress over the course of the 12 months.
Primary Practice Setting:
University medical center
Number of Audiologists at the site:
4 FTE Masters Degree 3 FTE Au.D. 1 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:
12 1st year AuD Clinical Rotations 12 2nd year 12 3rd year 2 4th year Externships
Will interview travel be compensated?
To be determined
Continuing education opportunities?
Expected hours/days a week:
40 hrs/5 days
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:
Candidates should have a solid foundation of clinical skills with experience in assessment of a full range of ages across pediatric and adult populations. Competitive candidates will have experience in diagnosis of hearing loss using a range of age-appropriate behavioral assessment measures and physiological measures. Candidates will have experience with selection, verification and fitting of a variety of hearing technologies. Competitive candidates will show strong academic preparation and experience demonstrating a passion for working with a pediatric population. Lastly, candidates will show a strong interest in family-centered, culturally competent care, and in developing strong partnerships in the care management process.
Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
1) independently perform behavioral hearing evaluations including VRA, CPA, conventional audiometry, and speech audiometry using a variety of materials; 2) independently perform physiological measures using otoscopy, tympanometry, acoustic reflexes, OAE and ABR evaluations; 3) independently complete hearing aid consultations, evaluations and fittings with conventional and bone conduction hearing aids, as well as hearing assistance technology; 4) Communicate clearly with families and patients regarding the impact of hearing loss, hearing technology, and treatment options; 5) write clearly, accurately, and concisely in documentation and develop independent skills in use of electronic and paper medical records.
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:
September 30, 2019
Letters of Recommendation Resume Transcript Phone interview Letter of request/intent
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
To apply, email the following documents to email@example.com by the deadline of September 30, 2019: A.Application in one pdf file consisting of: 1.professional vita or resume that includes information in the following areas: •Clinical experience with dates and locations of each clinical practicum site and include a description of the practicum setting (community clinic, hospital, university audiology clinic, and information about the patient population). Please describe your experiences and responsibilities, and list the number of hours per week at each site. •Membership in professional organizations •Honors and awards, scholarships •Papers/posters published, presented, in press •Clinical and research interests •Research experience 2.A transcript of your graduate work (unofficial or official). 3.A letter of intent/personal statement describing your interests and goals for your Audiology Externship and why the UW Audiology Externship is a good match for you (no longer than 1 page).
B.Three (3 ) letters of recommendation on letterhead with at least one from your academic program professors/lecturers and two from clinical supervisors either within the academic program or in the community. Letters should be emailed directly from the supervisors and instructors/professors to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)