The Center for Childhood Communication (CCC) at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) commits to being the world leader in helping children reach their full potential by delivering integrated family–centered clinical care, innovative research and quality education in childhood communication and its disorders. The CCC offers a fourth year Au.D. externship each year, beginning on or about July 1st and ending on or about June 30th. When considering candidates, we look for bright, motivated individuals who have experience working with pediatric patients and want to become pediatric audiologists. We have a large staff (~40 audiologists) and our clinical setting is demanding and fast-paced. Externs are provided with supervision by experienced pediatric audiologists with either ASHA CCC-A or ABA Board Certification in Audiology, in addition to the state license in audiology. Supervision from an audiologist with the ASHA CCC-A is available but not guaranteed.
Bachelor's Degree is required. Applicant must be currently enrolled in a Clinical Doctorate (Au.D.) program in Audiology, with all requirements met for the degree with the exception of the 4th year externship. High level of skill in various audiological assessment and treatment procedures pertaining to the pediatric population. Fundamental research skills including a general understanding of research methodology, design, and statistics. All CHOP employees who work in a patient building or who provide patient care are required to receive an annual influenza vaccine unless they are granted a medical or religious exemption. Other requirements include: • Child Abuse Clearances • FBI Fingerprint Clearance • Drug and Tobacco Screenings. The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability or veteran status.
Primary Practice Setting:
Number of Audiologists at the site:
2 FTE Masters Degree 38 FTE Au.D. 0 FTE Ph.D. 0 FTE Other Doctorate (ScD) 2 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 3 3rd year 1 4th year Externships
Other – Please Describe Individual applicants will be made aware of any financial arrangements.
Will interview travel be compensated?
To be discussed
Continuing education opportunities?
Yes Several in-house events throughout the year
On or about July 1
Expected hours/days a week:
40 hours/5 days
Travel to satellite centers required?
Yes Travel may be required to one or two of our satellite locations up to 50 miles away: Abington, PA, King of Prussia, PA; Chalfont, PA; Exton, PA; Chadds Ford, PA; Voorhees, NJ; Princeton, NJ; Mays Landing, NJ
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:
-Various audiological assessment and treatment procedures pertaining to the pediatric population.
-Fundamental research skills including a general understanding of research methodology, design, and statistics.
Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
-Clinical experiences are customized to meet the needs and interests of each extern.
-Experiences may include behavioral assessment, physiologic assessment, amplification selection/verification/validation, cochlear implant services, vestibular evaluations, inpatient consultations, family support groups, and more.
-Our externship also includes a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) fellowship.
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 Please see information regarding the LEND fellowship program. Other opportunities may arise.
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:
Email and telephone communication as needed.
Resume Transcript Phone interview Letter of request/intent Other 1) One-Page Essay (Topic: Why are you seeking a pediatric-focused externship and what are your goals for this externship?) 2) Following phone interviews, we send a skills survey to top candidates to have three references (one clinical supervisor, one professor and one of the candidate's choice) complete and return (in lieu of letters of recommendation).
*Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and early submission is strongly encouraged*
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
Each interested student should submit the following: 1) Letter of interest; 2) Resume or CV; 3) Graduate and undergraduate transcripts (need not be official); 4) One-page essay (Topic: Why are you seeking a pediatric-focused externship and what are your goals for this externship?)
These materials may be sent electronically to the email below (preferred) or via U.S. mail to:
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Department of Audiology ATTN: Lyndsey Chiaia, Au.D., CCC-A 3500 Civic Center Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19104.
Selection Process: Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and early submission is strongly encouraged. Telephone interviews will be scheduled with strong candidates from August through early September. Following phone interviews, we send a skills survey to top candidates to have three references (one clinical supervisor, one professor and one of the candidate's choice) complete and return (in lieu of letters of recommendation).
We invite the top 3-5 candidates for interviews which will run from September 11th - October 15th. In accordance with the Audiology Clinical Education Network, an offer will be extended on October 20th. Competition for our externship position is substantial. We are fortunate to receive inquiries from students in top programs throughout the country. The deadline for acceptance is October 24th.
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)
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