The Department of Otolaryngology is accepting applications for a 4th Year Audiology Extern. The Extern will split their clinical time between the USF Auditory Rehabilitation & Clinical Trials Laboratory (ARCT Lab) and the USF Hearing & Balance Center. This externship offers a fast-paced medical center experience with both clinical and research audiology. Extern will support multiple clinical research studies including studies evaluating new potential pharmaceutical treatments, telehealth or eAudiology, and evaluation of the newest hearing assistive technology available. Externs are trained in the fundamental skills necessary to be a successful clinical audiologist or research audiologist. The externship is comprehensive in nature, and as such, combines rigorous clinical requirements with ample hands-on clinical training experience.
Extern will have cross-training opportunities with other allied healthcare professionals including Otolaryngology Residents and Fellows. Available rotations include observations in the otolaryngology clinics, surgical observations, and temporal bone dissection laboratory experience.
Bachelor's Degree is required. Applicant must be currently enrolled in an accredited Audiology doctorate (Au.D.) program. Academic requirements for degree completion must be met prior to starting the 4th year externship.
Primary Practice Setting:
University medical center
Number of Audiologists at the site:
0 FTE Masters Degree 4 FTE Au.D. 3 FTE Ph.D. 20 FTE Other Doctorate (ScD) 2 FTE professional support staff (technicians/audiometric assistants) 20 FTE Clerical Support Staff
Number of Audiology Students each year:
0 1st year AuD Clinical Rotations 1 2nd year 3 3rd year 1 4th year Externships
Will interview travel be compensated?
Continuing education opportunities?
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:
Hearing testing (including masking), basic hearing aid maintenance, and programming.
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: •adult diagnostic hearing & vestibular evaluations •pediatric (> 7 years old) diagnostic hearing evaluations •tympanometry / acoustic reflexes •electrophysiology •otoacoustic emissions •VNG/Rotary Chair /Posturography/VEMP •hearing aid selection/fitting/management •middle ear and bone conduction implant: •evaluation/programming/management •cerumen management •Clinical research 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
Consortium or collaborative arrangements with other sites?
Yes The Extern will split their clinical time between the USF Auditory Rehabilitation & Clinical Trials Laboratory (ARCT Lab) and the USF Hearing & Balance Center.
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:
November 30, 2020
Letters of Recommendation Resume Transcript Personal Review Phone interview Letter of request/intent
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
All information should be emailed to Charity Lewis.
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)
Additional Salary Information: Salary is a guaranteed $15,000. Opportunity for tuition reimbursement is possible in addition to guaranteed salary. Compensation may increase depending on
grant funding available.
About University of South Florida
The University of South Florida offers an interprofessional environment with several colleges, departments, centers, laboratories, and clinics offering advanced audiology services. Particular to note is the Auditory Rehabilitation and Clinical Trials Laboratory.
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