The William S Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital located in Madison, Wisconsin, Audiology department is looking for two 4th year Audiology Externs to start May of 2020. The 4th year’s focus will be on diagnostic hearing evaluations, hearing aid evaluations, hearing aid and assistive listening device fittings, hearing aid follow-up appointments as well as assisting with the hearing aid walk-in clinic. The 4th year Externs will be responsible for returning patient phone calls, cleaning/stocking the clinic and performing biologic checks on the equipment, hearing aid trouble shooting, and mentoring 2nd and 3rd year students. The externs will be involved with Telehealth appointments, ABRs, and VNGs. In addition, the extern will have some exposure to OAEs, CAPD testing, CI programming, and will have the opportunity to observe an ear surgery performed by ENT. The extern will also observe other specialty clinics such as low vision, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology including voice clinic, swallow studies, and cognitive assessments; polytrauma clinic, etc.
Primary Practice Setting:
VA medical center
Number of Audiologists at the site:
1 FTE Masters Degree 8 FTE Au.D. 0 FTE Ph.D. 0 FTE Other Doctorate (ScD) 3 FTE professional support staff (technicians/audiometric assistants) 2 FTE Clerical Support Staff
Number of Audiology Students each year:
0 1st year AuD Clinical Rotations 2 2nd year 4 3rd year 2 4th year Externships
Will interview travel be compensated?
Continuing education opportunities?
Yes We regularly have hearing aid representatives come in to discuss their products. Externs are also allowed to attend one off-site training.
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:
Must be able to complete otoscopy and identify abnormalities, diagnostic hearing evaluations, immittance, hearing aid troubleshooting, hearing aid fittings, and hearing aid.
Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
In addition to honing all of the above skills, the externs will be expected to gain proficiency with CIs, ABRs, VNG, central testing, and OAEs.
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:
Will need affiliation agreement with the university as well as TQCVL letter.
Letters of Recommendation Resume Transcript Letter of request/intent
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
Completed application packet consists of letter of intent, resume, 3 letters of recommendation submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 10/1/19.
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)