Seattle Children’s Hospital is offering a 12-month Audiology Externship beginning June 2022 to a qualified candidate looking for a challenging and fast-paced pediatric experience. The qualified candidate will be a highly motivated individual coming from a 4-year AuD program who is excited about a career in pediatric audiology. The extern should be a strong team player who is mature and responsible, an effective communicator, and able to demonstrate the core values of compassion, excellence, innovation, collaboration, equity and integrity. Our clinic offers comprehensive, family-centered care to a diverse population which will provide the extern with a well rounded clinical experience. Seattle Children’s Hospital is an academic medical center located in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle Children’s Hospital serves the entire Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho region. We currently have audiology clinics in Seattle, Bellevue and Everett, WA. Our audiologists work with patients directly scheduled in Audiology from multiple internal and external referral sources as well as resourcing with other teams such as Otolaryngology, Craniofacial, and inpatient services. Clinical experiences during the externship will include: • Developmentally appropriate behavioral audiologic evaluations • Electrophysiologic testing during natural sleep and under anesthesia • Otoacoustic emissions • Immittance measures • Newborn hearing screening • Hearing device dispensing including: hearing aids, bone conducted sound processors, FM systems • Aural habilitation • Cochlear implant programming and follow up • Experience working with multidisciplinary teams The AuD extern will divide their experience between the main hospital campus in Seattle, the Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center, and the North Clinic in Everett. The extern will have a mentor, a primary clinical supervisor, and will have the opportunity to work with multiple clinical providers. All preceptors maintain ASHA certification and provide 100% supervision.
Students must be enrolled in a four-year AuD program to apply for a 4th year externship at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Candidates must have successfully completed all required coursework and clinical placements up to the application deadline and the applicant selected must maintain successful completion of coursework and clinic placements through the start of the externship. For additional information about the Audiology department at Seattle Children’s, please visit Audiology (seattlechildrens.org)
Primary Practice Setting:
Number of Audiologists at the site:
3 FTE Masters Degree 20 FTE Au.D. 0 FTE Ph.D. 0 FTE Other Doctorate (ScD) 8 FTE professional support staff (technicians/audiometric assistants) 3 FTE Clerical Support Staff
Number of Audiology Students each year:
0 1st year AuD Clinical Rotations 0 2nd year 3 3rd year 1 4th year Externships
Will interview travel be compensated?
10 plus holidays
Continuing education opportunities?
Yes Externs are encouraged to participate in offerings through Seattle Children's and other local sources.
Expected hours/days a week:
40 hours/5 days
Travel to satellite centers required?
Yes Travel is required to participate in assigned clinical activities at our sites of care in Seattle, Bellevue, and Everett. Distances range from 9 – 25 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:
•Solid diagnostic testing skills, including successful completion of at least one pediatric rotation. •Working knowledge/some experience with BAER, OAE, hearing device programming and fitting, and early intervention services for children with hearing loss. •Interest in pediatric cochlear implant, aural habilitation, and multidisciplinary teams. •Professional interactions with patients, families, supervisors and other care team members.
Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
•Proficient diagnostic audiologic testing, interpretation, and counseling with typically developing as well as medically complex and/or developmentally delayed infants and children ages 0 – 21 years and their families. •Competence in selection, programming, verification, and validation of various hearing devices. •Planning and participation in appropriate aural habilitation services. •Ability to function collaboratively in teams within and across departments. •Attendance and participation in staff and team meetings. •Learn about and participate in continuous improvement and innovation activities.
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 We support clinical research in our department as well as others throughout the organization.
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:
Prior to the start of the externship, an affiliation agreement must be completed between Seattle Children's and the University. Participation in the externship at SCH is contingent upon successful establishment of the affiliation agreement. In addition to this requirement, the University will need to provide the SCH Preceptor Team with all necessary assessment forms and deadlines for completion. Regular check-in with the student's faculty liaison.
Other •Enrolled in a 4 year AuD program •Will have completed 1 pediatric rotation •Will have completed 1 early intervention rotation (preferred requirement) •Have successfully completed all required coursework and clinical placements up to application deadline. Selected candidate must then continue to show completed work through the start of the externship
Materials to include in application: •Resume/CV •Letter of intent •3 letters of recommendation (1 letter from a pediatric clinical placement), sent directly from source via email to AUDExtern@seattlechildrens.org •University transcript: graduate program to be sent directly from registrar to SCH Audiology •# of total clinic hours; with break out of pediatric hours
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
•By application deadline of 8/31/2021, all materials referenced above should be sent by email to: AUDExtern@seattlechildrens.org •After application deadline, selected applicants will be invited to interview by phone in mid-September and final candidates will be interviewed through online video in late September. Selected candidate offer will be extended by 10/1/2021.
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)