The James H. Quillen VA Medical Center has two 12-month 4th-year Au.D. positions available that will begin May 1, 2020. One position will be full time in the audiology clinic. The second position may be full time in the audiology clinic, or a hybrid position with a combination of audiology clinic and research experience if an appropriate candidate is identified. Students enrolled in an AuD/PhD program will be given preference for the hybrid position.
Our professional staff is made up of 15 audiologists and 5 speech-language pathologists. We provide the following clinical services in audiology: hearing evaluations, hearing aid fitting, hearing aid orientation, hearing aid follow-up/trouble shooting, ABR, OAEs, and tinnitus assessment and treatment. In addition, there is a possibility for the 4th-year extern to participate in vestibular assessment and management (VNG, rotary chair, video head impulse test, posturography, vestibular evoked myogenic potentials, canalith repositioning therapy). Participation in the vestibular clinic is contingent upon the student’s knowledge and skills and/or successful completion of an onsite vestibular course.
Primary Practice Setting:
VA medical center
Number of Audiologists at the site:
1 FTE Masters Degree 8 FTE Au.D. 4 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:
6 1st year AuD Clinical Rotations 6 2nd year 6 3rd year 2 4th year Externships
Will interview travel be compensated?
2 weeks (earned)
Continuing education opportunities?
Yes Hearing aid manufacturer trainings on site
Expected hours/days a week:
40 hours per week
Travel to satellite centers required?
Yes We have a community based outpatient clinic in Knoxville, TN to which the student will travel on occasion for clinic. That clinic has two technicians, one receptionist, and 4 audiologists (all are in addition to the staff summarized in a previous section of this advertisement).
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:
-competency in diagnostic evaluation, and experience in selecting, fitting, and verifying amplification
Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
-competency in diagnostic evaluation, competency in patient treatment, competency in patient management, sound decision making skills, professionalism, teamwork; for the hybrid position, ability to participate in the informed consent process
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 Of the two positions available, one may be a hybrid clinical and research position if an appropriate candidate is identified. Experience in the research rotation will include standard procedures for hearing assessment, and possible vestibular assessment.
Consortium or collaborative arrangements with other sites?
Yes The AuD program at East Tennessee State Univeristy (ETSU) is a joint program between ETSU and the VA Medical Center and consists of faculty from both institutions. The VA audiology clinic serves as the primary clinic site for the Au.D. program.
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:
Evaluation forms and deadlines per semester from the university clinic coordinator.
October 1, 2019
Letters of Recommendation Resume Transcript Letter of request/intent
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
*ALL materials must be submitted in one PDF via email from the applicant's clinical coordinator to the contact person listed below. Individual application items or individual emails (e.g., from recommenders) will not be accepted. Three letters of recommendation should be included, and at least 2 should address the applicant's clinical skills. Clinical coordinators, in your email, please verify that the student will be eligible for a 4th year externship in Summer 2020, and specify whether the student is applying for the clinical or hybrid externship. Questions about the position also should be sent via the student's clinical coordinator. Do not submit any application materials or questions through the Hearcareers.org website.
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)
Additional Salary Information: *We have requested funding for two 4th year externships. However, confirmation on whether positions will be funded is pending budget approval.
About Mountain Home VAMC
The James H. Quillen VA Medical Center consists of a 207-acre site located at Mountain Home (Johnson City), Tennessee. The medical center is a tertiary care facility offering primary care, inpatient acute care, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics and outpatient care. It is a teaching hospital providing a full range of patient care services with state-of-the-art technology as well as education and research. The facility operates a 120-bed nursing home care unit and a 150-bed domiciliary that includes a homeless inpatient treatment program and homeless outreach. A U.S. National Cemetery is also located on the grounds of the VAMC.
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