The Koss Cochlear Implant Program at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin is offering a 4th year externship with a focus on implantable technologies (cochlear implants and bone conduction implants) with adult patients. Approximately half of the externship will be spent working with cochlear and bone conduction implants. During this time, the student will perform candidacy evaluations, device counseling, programming and follow-up, and equipment troubleshooting. The student will gain experience in all areas of audiology during the remaining half of the externship. This will include diagnostic evaluation; vestibular testing; tinnitus evaluation and management; and hearing aid evaluation, fitting, and follow-up.
The ideal applicant will have a strong interest in implantable technologies with the desire to have gain experience in all areas of audiology.
To apply for our externship, please submit the following:
Curriculum vitae (CV) Letter of Intent Transcripts 3 letters of recommendations
Application materials must be emailed to email@example.com by September 10, 2021.
Student must have both malpractice insurance and general liability insurance. Student must submit and pass a background check and drug screen. Student must have influenza & MMR vaccines and negative TB test. Student must follow HIPPA and patient privacy policies.
Primary Practice Setting:
University medical center
Number of Audiologists at the site:
0 FTE Masters Degree 9 FTE Au.D. 1 FTE Ph.D. 0 FTE Other Doctorate (ScD) 0 FTE professional support staff (technicians/audiometric assistants) 2 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
Will interview travel be compensated?
Continuing education opportunities?
Yes The student will be expected to attend local or virtual educational workshops offered by cochlear implant and/or hearing aid manufacturers. We support students attending other conferences, but cannot provide financial assistance.
Expected hours/days a week:
Travel to satellite centers required?
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:
Students should have strong interest in cochlear implants. Students should be comfortable with basic audiometric testing, obtaining case history, and should possess a basic understanding of hearing aids. Experience with cochlear implants is not required. We value self-motivation, critical thinking, and a willingness to learn.
Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
Over the course of the year, our extern will become proficient in the evaluation, programming, and follow-up of cochlear and bone conduction implants. We also expect our extern to become independent in comprehensive hearing evaluations and be competent in vestibular assessment and in hearing aid consultation, fitting, verification, and validation. The student will gain confidence in tinnitus evaluations and basic tinnitus management/counseling as well as with evoked potentials.
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 There is the possibility of participating in independent research studies as well as clinical trials for cochlear implants and tinnitus.
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 signed agreement between the university or college the student is attending and Froedert Hospital must be signed prior to the start of the externship.
September 10, 2021
Letters of Recommendation Resume Transcript Letter of request/intent Other Interview with applicant to take place within the clinic or virtually.
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
-Applications accepted through September 10, 2021. -Interviews will take place between September 10 and October 15, 2021 -Offer will be extended on October 20, 2021
After an externship offer is extended and accepted, a signed contracts must be in place between the student's university and FMLH.
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)
The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is an academic medical center offering joint programs with Froedtert Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. MCW serves both adult and pediatric populations, offering clinical and research programs in the field of otolaryngology and communication sciences including diagnostic audiology, aging and hearing loss, auditory neuropathy and implantable devices including osseointegrated and cochlear implants.
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