The University of Miami Ear Institute is in the Department of Otolaryngology at the Miller School of Medicine. Our externship offers comprehensive experience in adult and pediatric audiology, including diagnostic evaluation, fitting, and rehabilitation. Diagnostic procedures include the basic pure-tone and speech battery, immittance, otoacoustic emissions, vestibular, and evoked potential procedures. The facility also fits traditional and implantable hearing devices as well as hybrid, and bimodal cochlear implants. Externs will have the opportunity to participate in aural rehabilitation and auditory/verbal therapy for hearing aid and cochlear implant users. The University of Miami Ear Institute also has tinnitus/sound sensitivities, auditory processing, and hearing conservation programs. Externs are trained in the fundamental skills necessary to be a successful clinical audiologist. Students who complete an externship at the University of Miami Ear Institute are expected to demonstrate competency in each area ensuring a seamless transition from student to clinician.
This position is only open to students eligible to enter the 4th year externship as approved by an accredited university. The externship is comprehensive in nature, and as such, combines rigorous clinical requirements with ample hands-on clinical training experience. Externs participate in all required elements of the program. Additionally, externs participate in several supplementary activities specific to enhancing their clinical education. The student should demonstrate the appropriate skills required to meet these expectations successfully.
Primary Practice Setting:
Hospital University medical center
Number of Audiologists at the site:
0 FTE Masters Degree 22 FTE Au.D. 2 FTE Ph.D. 0 FTE Other Doctorate (ScD) 1 FTE professional support staff (technicians/audiometric assistants) 8 FTE Clerical Support Staff
Number of Audiology Students each year:
0 1st year AuD Clinical Rotations 0 2nd year 8 3rd year 1 4th year Externships
Will interview travel be compensated?
10 PTO total
Continuing education opportunities?
Yes Externs are encouraged to attend professional meetings and submit clinical research for presentation at student and professional forums.
Appx. June 1, 2021
Expected hours/days a week:
Travel to satellite centers required?
Yes Part-time travel to a satellite office for specific training. Travel time is 30 minutes.
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:
The externship is comprehensive in nature, and as such, combines rigorous clinical requirements with ample hands-on clinical training experience. Externs participate in all required elements of the program. Additionally, externs participate in several supplementary activities specific to enhancing their clinical education. The student should demonstrate the appropriate skills required to meet these expectations successfully. These should include the following skills: •Organizational •Interpersonal •Work ethic •Motivation •Critical thinking •Ability to synthesize information
Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
Students are expected to demonstrate growth in: •Critical thinking •Synthesizing of information •Advanced Diagnostics •Complex Interpretation •Development of treatment plans across the scope of practice
Technical Skills Include: •pediatric diagnostic hearing evaluations •adult diagnostic hearing evaluations •tympanometry / acoustic reflexes •auditory processing evaluations •electrocochleography •electroneuronography •neurodiagnostic ABR •sleep deprived threshold ABR & pediatric OR ABR •otoacoustic emissions •comprehensive vestibular assessments: •VNG/Rotary Chair /Posturography/VEMP •vestibular rehabilitation •hearing aid selection/fitting/management •adult/pediatricaudiologic rehabilitation •adult/pediatric cochlear implant: •evaluations/programming/rehabilitation •middle ear and bone conduction implant: •evaluation/programming/management •tinnitus and sound sensitivity assessments/rehabilitation •cerumen management
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 Involvement in clinical research is available to those who express a specific interest.
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:
The University of Miami requires communication between the externship program director and AuD institution's clinical coordinator on an at least quarterly basis. Communication via email is requested for each quarter's mid-term,while a phone or Zoom meeting is requested for each quarter's final to communicate progress, concerns, quarterly schedules, etc.
October 1, 2020
Letters of Recommendation Resume Transcript Phone interview Letter of request/intent Our policy is to not accept direct correspondence with students until we have established that the needs and expectations of the student's academic program are firmly met by our program.
Interested applicants must have prior approval by their university externship coordinator prior to applying. Interested applicants should ask their clinical coordinator to contact Dr. Tricia Scaglione, Associate Director of Clinical Education, at ACE@med.miami.edu to set up a brief phone meeting to review the University of Miami's externship program.
Once a student has received approval from their clinical coordinator to apply for the position, the students should visit https://tinyurl.com/UMexternshipapplication to apply online.
Approved students are asked to direct inquires to ACE@med.miami.edu
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
Interviews: Externship interviews are awarded based on applications and supporting materials. Applications must be submitted and received in full by October 1, 2020. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Application requirements include the following: 1) Phone meeting with University Extern Coordinator to pre-approve student application to extern site, 2) Unofficial transcripts (Graduate School) - note: official transcript will be required if offered externship position, 3) 2 letters of recommendation, including 2 signed letters of attestation, 3) Curriculum Vitae, 4) Letter of intent.
Zoom interviews scheduled: Week of Oct 12-16th Offer Made: On or before Oct 31st
Accepted Round 1: Offer accepted by student within 2 weeks Follow-up Offers Finalized: On or Before Nov 15th
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)
About University of Miami Ear Institute, Department of Otolaryngology
The Division of Audiology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is a state-of-the-art evaluation and treatment center for patients of all ages who may be experiencing hearing and/or balance difficulties. It is staffed by 6 neurotologists, 20 audiologists, 4 speech pathologists, 1 psychologist, and 1 deaf educator to provide a comprehensive team approach to treatment and management of hearing and balance disorders.
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