The fourth-year audiology externship is primarily based at the main Rush University Medical Center campus. Rotations will be done at the satellite offices during this time as well. This program provides qualified and motivated audiology doctoral students an opportunity to experience the full scope of audiological practice in a diverse urban setting. Students spend three academic semesters training alongside practicing audiologists and are exposed to a full range of patient demographics, etiologies, and case complexity. Observation opportunities with the RUMC Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery are also available.
Rush University Medical Center is committed to a set of core values— innovation, collaboration, accountability, respect and excellence. Everyone who works or trains at Rush commits themselves to executing these values with compassion and to providing the highest quality patient care.
The extern is not considered an independent practitioner of audiology, but a student finishing their training to gain competence, both clinically and professionally.
Supervision of externs is conducted by experienced audiologists with current Illinois state licensing and ASHA-CCC certification. The clinical staff abides by all state and federal mandates pertinent to audiology and patient care and maintains a high level of professionalism. All audiologists have had extensive precepting experience and excel at implementing ethical evidence-based practice in clinical assessment and treatment.
Applicants should have completed a majority of their academic curriculum and have successfully completed practicum classes that encompass audiologic diagnosis and treatment with patients of all ages.
Specifically, these experiences should have included significant exposure to behavioral and electrophysiological measures, amplification, audiologic rehabilitation, and hearing screening. Additional areas of exposure required to a lesser degree include hearing loss prevention, diagnosis and testing of vestibular disorders, tinnitus management, and cochlear implants.
Inter- and intra-professional collaboration is at the heart of RUMC’s ICARE values. Applicants should be self-sufficient, a team player, confident and patient. Good problem-solving skills, communication, organizational and interpersonal skills required.
Universities must have a training contract on file with Rush University Medical Center prior to the student’s start.
Applicants must submit a single complete packet to be considered for the externship and it must include the following:
Graduate program transcripts (unofficial is accepted)
Three letters of recommendation. At least two should be from previous preceptors
One-page, single-spaced essay describing a clinical situation that had a lasting professional impact on the applicant
The complete application should be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org
Incomplete applications will not be accepted. All materials must be submitted at one time.
Deadlines and Timeline
Application deadline: August 15 11:59 PM
Video Interviews: 1st week of September 2021
Notice of Acceptance: By September 15, 2021
Externship schedule and details:
Start May 2022, complete by April 2023 (start and end date somewhat flexible)
Time-off allotment, including clinic holidays: 16
Clinic is closed: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
Extern should plan on continuous attendance in clinic. School breaks are not accommodated and any absence will require use of allotment of time off.
Completion of health screenings and vaccinations must be completed and received prior to start date.
Stipend, if available, is TBD.
Rush does not provide reimbursement for travel for applicants.
Primary Practice Setting:
University medical center
Number of Audiologists at the site:
0 FTE Masters Degree 5 FTE Au.D. 1 FTE Ph.D. 0 FTE Other Doctorate (ScD) 0 FTE professional support staff (technicians/audiometric assistants) 0 FTE Clerical Support Staff
Number of Audiology Students each year:
15 1st year AuD Clinical Rotations 15 2nd year 0 3rd year 1 4th year Externships
Will interview travel be compensated?
16 with Holidays
Continuing education opportunities?
Expected hours/days a week:
Travel to satellite centers required?
Yes 20 miles from main campus
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:
Significant exposure to behavioral and electrophysiological measures, amplification, audiologic rehabilitation, and hearing screening.
Additional areas of exposure required to a lesser degree include hearing loss prevention, diagnosis and testing of vestibular disorders, tinnitus management, and cochlear implants.
Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
The extern should expect to gain mastery of adult and pediatric diagnostics, rehabilitation with amplification (cochlear implant, hearing aids, AOI), adult and pediatric electrophysiological testing, and adult vestibular assessment. The extern will be encouraged to participate in grand rounds and clinical research and presentation opportunities to maximize professional growth.
At the end of the externship, students will have the ability to competently work independently in any clinical or rehabilitative setting with any age group.
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:
Frequent communication and appropriate support.
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Letters of Recommendation Resume Transcript Letter of request/intent Other See above
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
Application deadline: August 15, 11:59 PM
Full day in person Interviews: 1st week of September 2021
Notice of Acceptance: By September 15, 2021
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)
Rush University Medical Center is an academic medical center that includes a 671-bed hospital serving adults and children, the 61-bed Johnston R. Bowman Health Center and Rush University. For more than 180 years, the Medical Center has been leading the way in developing innovative and often life-saving treatments.
Today, Rush is a thriving center for basic and clinical research, with physicians and scientists involved in hundreds of research projects developing and testing the effectiveness and safety of new therapies and medical devices. The Medical Center also offers more than 70 highly selective residency and fellowship programs in medical and surgical specialties and sub-specialties.
In addition to its mission in patient care, education and research, the Medical Center maintains a strong commitment to the community. Rush reaches out to the Chicago community through offerings such as the Rush Community Services Initiatives Program, an umbrella for several student-led outreach programs designed to address the social and health care needs of residents in neighboring communities.
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