The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) in affiliation with Froedtert Hospital (FMLH) is offering a 52 week audiology 4th year externship. Students can expect a well-rounded experience with an emphasis on implantable technologies. The clinical experiences include diagnostic evaluation; auditory evoked potentials; vestibular testing; tinnitus evaluation and management; cochlear implant evaluation, programming, and follow-up; hearing aid fitting and follow-up; and bone conduction implant evaluation, fitting and follow-up. A minimum of 50% of the externship will focus on implantable technologies. This experience will primarily be with the adult population.
For consideration, applicants must have completed initial 3 years of their Au.D. program and have a strong academic and clinical background.
Primary Practice Setting:
University medical center
Number of Audiologists at the site:
0 FTE Masters Degree 9 FTE Au.D. 1 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 0 2nd year 1 3rd year 1 4th year Externships
Will interview travel be compensated?
Continuing education opportunities?
Yes The student will be expected to attend local or virtual educational workshops offered by cochlear implant and/or hearing aid manufacturers. We support students attending other conferences, but cannot provide financial assistance.
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:
Students should have a diverse range of clinical experiences. Students should be comfortable with basic audiometric testing,obtaining case history, and should possess a basic understanding of hearing aids. We are looking for a motivated student with an interest in implantable technologies. We value critical thinking and a willingness to learn.
Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
Over the course of the year, we expect the extern to become proficient and independent in comprehensive hearing and vestibular assessments and be competent in hearing aid consultation, fitting, verification, and validation. The extern will also become proficient in the evaluation, programming, and follow-up of cochlear implants and bone conduction implants. The student will gain confidence in tinnitus evaluations and basic tinnitus management/counseling as well as with evoked potentials.
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 There is the possibility of participating in independent research studies as well as clinical trials for cochlear implants and tinnitus.
Consortium or collaborative arrangements with other sites?
Yes The Medical College of Wisconsin and Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital (FMLH) Collaboration.
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 signed agreement between the university or college the student is attending and FMLH must be signed prior to the start of the externship.
October 15, 2020
Letters of Recommendation Resume Transcript Letter of request/intent Other Interview with applicant to take place within the clinic or via webcam.
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
September through mid-October: Accepting applications. Please include letter of intent, resume, three letters of recommendation, and unofficial transcript.
Interviews will be completed as applications are received. We will NOT wait until the deadline to begin interviewing.
After an externship offer is extended and accepted, a signed contracts must be in place between the student's university and FMLH.
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)
The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is an academic medical center offering joint programs with Froedtert Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. MCW serves both adult and pediatric populations, offering clinical and research programs in the field of otolaryngology and communication sciences including diagnostic audiology, aging and hearing loss, auditory neuropathy and implantable devices including osseointegrated and cochlear implants.