Iowa Ear Center offers one 12-month full time 4th year Au.D. externship position. The student accepted to this externship position can expect in-depth experiences in: diagnostic audiology for all ages, adult and pediatric amplification and other services such as baha, evoked potentials, vestibular evaluation and treatment, tinnitus evaluations, cochlear implant evaluation and mapping.
Student will be expected to have health and liability insurance through their university and will receive no medical, dental or liability benefits from Iowa Ear Center. Student must purchase a professional liability insurance policy to cover their activities in connection to the externship in the minimum amount of $1,000,000 per occurrence with an annual aggregate of $3,000,000.
Student will work an equivalent of a full-time work week for the facility. 36-40 hours per week must be worked or PTO must be claimed.
Student will adhere to Iowa Ear Center's HIPAA/OSHA requirements and patient confidentiality.
The Iowa Ear Center will be participating in the National Registry for externships. Applicants must apply by September 10, 2021. Interviews will be completed by October 15, 2021 with offers extended on October 20, 2021 at noon EST.
A master’s degree from an accredited institution is preferred by the state of Iowa in order to obtain a temporary audiology license.
Primary Practice Setting:
Number of Audiologists at the site:
1 FTE Masters Degree 2 FTE Au.D. 0 FTE Ph.D. 0 FTE Other Doctorate (ScD) 1 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 1 3rd year 1 4th year Externships
Stipend Other – Please Describe Reimbursement of licensure fees
Will interview travel be compensated?
Continuing education opportunities?
Yes Schedule allowing, students will be able to participate in any training - in office or out - in which the Iowa Ear Center audiologists participate.
Expected hours/days a week:
Travel to satellite centers required?
Yes Students will observe & assist with sedated ABRs once a week at a local hospital, Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, estimated at 10 miles from the clinic.
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:
-audiometric testing for adults -knowledge of NOAH software -complete otoscopy and report findings -make ear mold impressions without incident
Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
-Student will perform audiograms, VNG, ABR, and evaluations, fittings and programming for hearing aids, bahas and cochlear implants. -Students will treat both adult and pediatric patients.
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:
Periodic evaluation requests
Letters of Recommendation Resume Letter of request/intent Other Please include three letters of recommendation with at least one recommendation being from a clinical faculty staff member who has advised you. Please complete Iowa Ear Center application, found at: https://www.iowaearcenter.com/externship-program
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
Please submit the completed application to: Iowa Ear Center ATTN: Diana Hanson, MS CCC-A, Director of Audiology 12499 University Ave., Ste. 200 Clive, IA 50325-8281
or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)
Iowa Ear Center is a sub-specialty ENT clinic dedicated to the medical and surgical treatment of hearing loss, diseases of the ear and dizziness and imbalance. We are one of the fastest growing private practice otology/neurotology clinics in the nation. The audiologists at Iowa Ear Center work with a full range of hearing technology including cochlear implants, hybrid CIs, bahas, and hearing aids as well as providing audiological testing such as ABRs, both unsedated and sedated, and dizziness and balance testing including VNGs. With our dedicated pediatric hearing loss program, we are able to treat patients of all ages.
Iowa Ear Center consists of one surgeon, a nurse practitioner and three audiologists. We are the only neurotology clinic in central Iowa and and focused on providing high-quality patient care using innovative and advanced technology.