Kennedy Krieger Institute is an internationally recognized institution dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with disorders of the brain, spinal cord, and musculoskeletal system through: patient care, research and professional training, special education, and community initiatives.
The audiology department evaluates, diagnoses, and treats hearing loss, mainly for the pediatric population. The majority of evaluations are conducted in the outpatient clinic; we also provide services to the KKI inpatient population and to the KKI schools. All supervising audiologists are state licensed and maintain ASHA certification.
We offer, supported by a LEND Audiology grant, a 4th year externship, beginning approximately the beginning of June 2021 and extending approximately 11-12 months, dependent upon University requirements. Externs should have a strong desire to commit to working with the pediatric population, particularly those with diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder or other neurodevelopmental disabilities, and to develop leadership skills.
In addition to clinical training, the LEND trainee will participate in weekly interdisciplinary seminars, attend EHDI and AUCD meetings, participate in a research project, and may be involved with community outreach activities.
A stipend may be offered dependent upon LEND grant status.
Applicants should be students in good standing in an accredited, university-based AuD program with intent to complete all university-based classwork (e.g., 3rd year) prior to beginning the externship. In order to be eligible for the LEND stipend, the trainee must be a U.S. citizen.
Externs accepted for the position will be asked to provide proof of medical insurance and will need to provide proof of vaccinations and TB testing (or undergo testing to verify status) and receive any needed vaccinations/TB test and an annual influenza vaccine.
Primary Practice Setting:
Other Outpatient clinic/rehabilitation center
Number of Audiologists at the site:
0 FTE Masters Degree 3 FTE Au.D. 0 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:
0 1st year AuD Clinical Rotations 1 2nd year 2 3rd year 1 4th year Externships
Will interview travel be compensated?
Continuing education opportunities?
Yes In house activities, such as hearing aid manufacturer training. Attendance at the annual EHDI conference and AUCD meetings
mid May-Early June
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:
•Completion of 3rd year of accredited AuD program •Successful progress on core competencies including audiometric assessment, immittance testing, and hearing aid verification and validation •Previous experience with pediatric test techniques and hearing aid fitting preferred •Strong written and oral communication skills
Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
•Competence in BOA/VRA/CPA test techniques •Competence in pediatric hearing aid fitting, validation, and verification •Experience with auditory processing assessment techniques and interpretation •Experience with auditory evoked potentials testing •Competence in working with the population with diagnoses of autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities •Experience with interdisciplinary provision of diagnoses and rehabilitative services •Completion of LEND-related research, interdisciplinary learning, and collaborative, community outreach, and advocacy activities promoting the early identification and treatment of hearing loss in children, particularly those with diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder and related neurodevelopmental disorders as outlined in the grant
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 Extern will participate in preparing a poster for the annual EHDI conference and in other opportunities as they arise.
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:
A training affiliation agreement with the extern's University will need to be in place by the time the externship begins. Certificate of insurance is also required. University requirements regarding externship requirements/completion are requested.
Letters of Recommendation Resume Transcript Personal Review Phone interview Letter of request/intent Letter of intent should include (or provide a separate letter) a maximum of one page detailing the applicant's desire to work in the long-term with the pediatric population, and particularly those with the co-existing diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and/or related neurodevelopmental disabilities, as well as the desire to develop leadership skills in providing service to this population and their families.
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
Please email 3 letters of recommendation, an unofficial transcript, CV or resume, and letter(s) of intent as described above to be received by 09/30/20.
Applicants selected for the interview process will be notified in mid-October and a video interview scheduled.
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)
Kennedy Krieger Institute is an internationally recognized institution dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with disorders of the brain, spinal cord, and musculoskeletal system through: patient care,special education, research and professional training,