The Mercy Hospital St. Louis Audiology Externship Program located in St. Louis, Missouri includes diagnostics, electrophysiology, aural rehabilitation, and newborn hearing screening. Other programs at Mercy Hospital that externs may have exposure to include cochlear implants and osseointegrated device fittings, and central auditory processing evaluations. Our externship program is known for its emphasis on mentoring, and our department is unique by offering various settings within one externship. Those settings include outpatient pediatric and adult diagnostics and hearing aids, infant ABR (non-sedated and sedated), osseointegrated devices and cochlear implants, a fast-paced pediatric ENT clinic, and Mercy Craniofacial Team.
Mercy, a top five health system in the nation, is the seventh largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves millions annually. Mercy Hospital St. Louis has:
St. Louis County's only Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
Phone interviews are generally scheduled in September and offers are typically made September-October. Contracts will be reviewed by legal departments of both parties after student is accepted. We do not perform onsite interviews prior to making an offer, therefore if the student requires a site visit prior to accepting a potential offer, it is recommended a visit be scheduled prior to the application deadline.
Primary Practice Setting:
Multi-specialty medical center
Number of Audiologists at the site:
2 FTE Masters Degree 15 FTE Au.D. 0 FTE Ph.D. 0 FTE Other Doctorate (ScD) 5 FTE professional support staff (technicians/audiometric assistants) 4 FTE Clerical Support Staff
Number of Audiology Students each year:
0 1st year AuD Clinical Rotations 0 2nd year 0 3rd year 1 4th year Externships
Other – Please Describe Arrangements are made on an individual year basis pending department budget and are not guaranteed. All externs have been granted between $5000-$7000 over the course of the year, starting in the Fall.
Will interview travel be compensated?
Continuing education opportunities?
5/23, 5/31, 6/6
Expected hours/days a week:
Travel to satellite centers required?
Yes Weekly placement at our satellite clinic in O'fallon, MO. Possible placements in Craniofacial Team approximately one mile away, as well as Mercy South Hospital.
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:
*Self-motivation *Excellent organizational skills *Able to work as part of a high functioning team *Strong interest in pediatric and adult populations *Previous experience with pediatric population is preferred *Pure tone audiometry and basic masking procedures * Basic hearing aid trouble shooting
Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
* Perform accurate adult diagnostic audiograms * Perform accurate pediatric diagnostics including CPA and VRA testing. * Perform accurate sleep-deprived ABR on infant population. * Fit and dispense hearing aids to adult population. * Perform newborn hearing screenings. * Be exposed to Intraoperative Monitoring. * Participate in a Craniofacial Team. * Function as a part of a diverse Audiology Department in a large hospital setting.
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:
A designated externship coordinator from the university's program must contact our site at time of agreement, as well as maintain regular contact throughout externship year.
September 1st, 2021
Letters of Recommendation Transcript Letter of request/intent Other Curriculum vitae and 3 confidential letters of recommendation emailed directly from letter writers. Transcripts required from undergraduate and graduate program. Unofficial transcripts are accepted, but must be copies or electronic versions of the official transcripts. Letters of recommendation will NOT be accepted after the application deadline of September 1st, 2021.
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
Please submit application electronically by September 1st to include: letter of intent, curriculum vitae, unoffical undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and 3 confidential letters of recommendation. Please submit by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and letters of reference need to be emailed directly from the letter writer. Virtual interviews will be scheduled on a Thursday in September 2021 . Contracts will be reviewed by legal departments of both parties after student is accepted. We do not perform onsite interviews prior to making an offer, therefore if the student requires an onsite visit prior to accepting a potential offer, it is recommended a visit be scheduled prior to submitting an application.
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)
About Mercy Hospital St. Louis Audiology- St. Louis, MO
We are a non-profit suburban hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. Our department provides a wide variety of pediatric and adult audiologic procedures including diagnostics, electrophysiology, aural rehabilitation,newborn hearing screening,cochlear implants, BAHA, intraoperative monitoring, central auditory processing evaluations and craniofacial clinic.
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