The Division of Audiology within the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Mississippi Medical Center(UMMC) is now accepting applications for students interested in a well-rounded 4th year externship for the 2021-2022 academic year. At UMMC we strive to provide externs with a diverse clinical and didactic experience serving individuals of all ages with hearing and balance disorders. Such experiences include:
Diagnostic evaluations for newborn, pediatric, adult and geriatric individuals, which includes both behavioral and electrophysiological testing
Selection, fitting, and verification of amplification devices, including hearing aids, assistive listening devices, bone conduction implants, and cochlear implants
Evaluation and treatment for patients with tinnitus
Evaluation and treatment of patients with dizziness, vertigo or imbalance
The Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at UMMC is set apart by its passionate people who constantly seek to improve the education of future clinicians and themselves, make new, innovative discoveries, and provide outstanding care for residents of Mississippi and beyond.
The department’s nationally recognized divisions of otolaryngology, audiology, speech-language pathology and biobehavioral medicine provide a broad spectrum of clinical services for patients of all ages as well as the most comprehensive care in the region. Our commitment is to provide outstanding clinical care along with an excellent customer experience for our patients in every interaction.
Primary Practice Setting:
University medical center
Number of Audiologists at the site:
0 FTE Masters Degree 9 FTE Au.D. 5 FTE Ph.D. 0 FTE Other Doctorate (ScD) 1 FTE professional support staff (technicians/audiometric assistants) 4 FTE Clerical Support Staff
Number of Audiology Students each year:
0 1st year AuD Clinical Rotations 0 2nd year 0 3rd year 2 4th year Externships
Will interview travel be compensated?
Continuing education opportunities?
Expected hours/days a week:
Travel to satellite centers required?
Yes Externs will rotate through our satellite clinic, which is approximately 9 miles from the main campus.
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:
Applicants should have emerging independence with diagnostic testing and basic hearing aid knowledge. Good report writing skills, professionalism, and an eagerness to learn are preferred.
Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
- Proficiency with diagnostic testing and hearing aid selection/fitting/verification, advanced skills working with cochlear implants and balance testing. - Excellent report writing skills. - Excellent patient rapport. - Confident clinic decision making skills.
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:
Regular evaluations at intervals set by the University; Additional communication as needed.
September 4, 2020
Letters of Recommendation Resume Transcript Letter of request/intent Application materials are due Friday, September 4, 2020. All applicants will be contacted on or around September 18, 2020, with decisions regarding the next step in our interview process. Formal written invitations to participate in a virtual interview day on Friday, October 9, 2020, will be extended to no more than 16 applicants. The virtual interview day will include individual interviews, Q & A session with current 4th year externs, and Q & A session with a group of clinical preceptors.
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
To apply, submit your resume/curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation, graduate transcript (official or unofficial), and cover letter outlining externship and career goals to the address below or via email (preferred) to email@example.com.
Audiology Externship Committee University of Mississippi Medical Center Division of Audiology 2500 N State Street, 5 East Jackson, MS 39216
Contract will be discussed with the University upon acceptance.
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)
Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences
The Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences has outstanding capabilities and leaders in education, research and clinical care. Its first-class divisions of otolaryngology, communicative sciences, research and biobehavioral medicine provide a broad spectrum of clinical services for patients of all ages as well as some of the most comprehensive care in the region.