The Marion Downs Center (MDC) is a nonprofit “Center of Excellence” that provides culturally sensitive services, resources, education and research to support the needs of individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing or who have communication challenges, their families, and the professionals who serve them.
The Colorado Leadership Education in Neurodevelopment Disabilities (LEND) Program currently supports a 4th year Fellow at the Marion Downs Center. The Colorado Audiology LEND is a program through JFK Partners at the University of Colorado Denver (UCD). LEND Fellows participate in multidisciplinary educational opportunities at UCD in addition to their clinical responsibilities at MDC. Sandra Abbott Gabbard, PhD is the Audiology Discipline Director of the Colorado LEND and provides LEND mentoring and clinical services at the MDC.
The 12-month MDC Fellowship includes experience with all ages of patients in multiple areas of practice including:
Aural (Re)habilitation (Marion’s Way Preschool and adult classes)
Hearing Conservation (industrial and musician care)
The clinic faculty at the MDC consists of five audiologists, three speech-language pathologists, and a teacher of the deaf. The MDC has many community programs including a screening program for hearing and speech, a summer preschool, and many special events and educational programs throughout the year.
Every student is unique with different interests; therefore, an effort is made to tailor the experience to the student’s individual needs and professional goals.
Applicants who are the best fit for this position:
1. Are in the final year of their AuD training and have successfully completed all required coursework
2. Have successfully completed clinical rotations in at least 2-3 different placements
3. Are ready to commit to a 12 month, full-time educational experience
4. Are interested in and have some experience with all ages of patients
5. Work well in a team and embrace new experiences and challenges
Primary Practice Setting:
Community speech and hearing center
Number of Audiologists at the site:
2 FTE Masters Degree 3 FTE Au.D. 1 FTE Ph.D. 0 FTE Other Doctorate (ScD) 2 FTE professional support staff (technicians/audiometric assistants) 5 FTE Clerical Support Staff
Number of Audiology Students each year:
0 1st year AuD Clinical Rotations 0 2nd year 3 3rd year 1 4th year Externships
Will interview travel be compensated?
10 plus holidays
Continuing education opportunities?
Expected hours/days a week:
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:
Have mastered routine diagnostic assessment and have familiarity with fitting hearing aids and performing real ear measurements.
Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
Perform basic and complex audiometric assessments on all ages, including developmentally complex and diverse populations; master hearing aid selection, verification, and validation; master aural (re)habilitation and counseling; interact proficiently with a multidisciplinary team
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 A scholarly project is required component of the LEND responsibilities.
Consortium or collaborative arrangements with other sites?
Yes Multidisciplinary interaction with the Developmental Pediatric team at Children's Hospital Colorado.
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 Letter of request/intent Applicants may be invited for a phone/video interview. Visits are encouraged but not required or funded.
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
Send all requested documents to email@example.com by 9-15-2019
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)
The Marion Downs Center (MDC) is a nonprofit organization in Denver, Colorado whose mission and vision was driven, and continues to be inspired, by the life and career of renowned audiologist Marion Downs. The roots of the MDC began almost 100 years ago as the Denver League of Hard-of-Hearing and now the MDC operates as a "Center of Excellence", developing and providing hearing, speech, and language services and programs to the Colorado community.
The MDC mission is to provide culturally sensitive services, resources, education, and research to support the needs of individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing or who have communication challenges, their families, and the professionals who serve them. All MDC activities value individual and family choice in communication and use of technology, and serve all ages with broad diverse backgrounds.