We offer 3 full-time paid 4th year externships that start generally in mid-May. Two of our positions focus on the subspecialties within pediatric audiology and the other position includes a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) fellowship as well as limited subspecialties. Students may apply for one or both positions.
Externs are hired for a 12-month competency-based experience. The externships are solely clinical. Externs will complete a rotation at the main campus and a neighborhood location. Students will have a primary preceptor at each location and participate in several specialty areas of pediatric audiology including balance assessment, electrophysiology and inpatient. Externs will also gain experience with hearing aids, cochlear implants, auditory processing evaluations and bone conduction devices. On-site continuing education opportunities are provided to 4th year externs at no cost to them.
Students interested in a 4th year placement should submit the following documentation in the order listed below (as one PDF document):
Cover Letter/Letter of Intent
Optional (see below): Including a paragraph about why you are interested in LEND
Graduate Transcript (unofficial will suffice)
Three Letters of Recommendation (two must be from a clinical faculty member who has supervised the student). If the individual writing the letter of recommendation prefers to send it directly to our Student Education Coordinator, they may send it as a Word document or PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for applications is September 15. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and Zoom interviews are scheduled accordingly. In-person interviews are held in October and offers are extended within a week of the interview.
LEND Training Program
The Cincinnati LEND Program is part of a national network of 52 LEND programs across the country. The overall mission of LEND is to improve the health of infants, children, and adolescents with, or at risk for, neurodevelopmental and related disabilities including autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). A major focus of LEND is to increase the number of professionals with the knowledge and skills to provide evidence-based screening, diagnosis, and treatment of developmental disabilities, including ASD. Audiology externs who are also enrolled in the LEND program have a different schedule than the two externs who complete a competency-based experience. The LEND trainee will participate in clinic at one of our satellite locations on Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays where they will obtain competencies in behavioral testing, Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) Evaluations and Hearing Aids. They will have exposure to cochlear implants, vestibular assessment, and bone conduction devices. However, the main focus will be completion of the LEND program. On Tuesday and Thursday mornings, the LEND trainee will be at a satellite location that is in close proximity to the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (DDBP). In the afternoon, students will be participating in activities related to the LEND curriculum, including leadership, interdisciplinary and family observations, and group research projects. Please visit https://www.ucucedd.org/lend/ for additional information.
If you are interested in the LEND Training Program, in addition to the materials requested above, please include a statement (paragraph) on why you are interested in LEND as part of your letter of intent along with your application packet.
Primary Practice Setting:
Hospital Multi-specialty medical center
Number of Audiologists at the site:
2 FTE Masters Degree 32 FTE Au.D. 2 FTE Ph.D. 0 FTE Other Doctorate (ScD) 0 FTE professional support staff (technicians/audiometric assistants) 9 FTE Clerical Support Staff
Number of Audiology Students each year:
0 1st year AuD Clinical Rotations 5 2nd year 6 3rd year 3 4th year Externships
Will interview travel be compensated?
Continuing education opportunities?
Expected hours/days a week:
40 hours/5 days
Travel to satellite centers required?
Yes 15-30 miles
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 a 3rd year AuD program Successful progress on the American Academy of Audiology's Core Competencies
Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
Students will demonstrate: •Proficiency in diagnostic testing and management of treatment plans for deaf/hard of hearing infants and children •Improved clinical decision-making skills •An eagerness to learn •A positive attitude •Motivation and flexibility
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:
Letters of Recommendation Resume Transcript Cover Letter
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
Interested candidates should submit documentation to the Education Coordinator via email. The following documents should be submitted in ONE PDF document in the following order: 1. Cover Letter/Letter of Intent - Optional: Including a paragraph about why you are interested in LEND 2. Resume 3. Unofficial Graduate Transcript 4. Three letters of recommendation (two must be from clinicians who have supervised the student)
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)
About Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
We’ve Been Changing Outcomes for Children for More Than a Century
Cincinnati Children’s began providing specialized care for children more than 120 years ago. In that time, we’ve grown from a small Cincinnati clinic to a large, multisite medical center that cares for children from across the globe with over one million patient encounters annually. We serve the medical needs of infants, children and adolescents with family-centered care, innovative research and outstanding teaching programs. U. S. News & World Report has consistently ranked Cincinnati Children’s No. 3 in the nation in the magazine's list of the best children's hospitals.
The Division of Audiology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital is comprised of a dedicated, enthusiastic staff of audiologists who deliver quality hearing health care to a diverse pediatric population in the largest, state-of-the-art pediatric audiology center in the country. We enjoy a diverse, dynamic environment with a population of children of all ages, medical histories and developmental levels. Our audiologists enjoy the rewards and growth that come with the ability to brainstorm with a large staff and the freedom to specialize within the ...field of pediatric audiology.
At Cincinnati Children's, we have the opportunity to collaborate with top physicians and specialists in various fields, including: Otolaryngology •Neonatology •Speech-Language Pathology •Genetics •Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics •Social Work •Fetal Care •Hematology/Oncology
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