Externship in Pediatric Audiology: Mailman Center for Child Development
University of Miami
Location: University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Type: Full Time
Required Education: 4 Year Degree
Primary Practice Setting:
University medical center
2 openings available.
The curriculum will have six elements that include: 1) didactic and internet presentations on pediatric audiology and interdisciplinary diagnostics/interventions; 2) participation in special clinics including Cleft Palate Clinic, special immunology, Early Steps (IDEA Part C) Clinic, and the Interdisciplinary Diagnostic and Evaluation Service; 3) participation in the hospital-based universal newborn screening program; 4) participation in the outpatient clinical services; and 5) participation in an educational audiology environment in the Debbie Institute; 5) cochlear implant rotation. Specifically, the clinical opportunities will include:
Newborn Hearing Screening:
Didactic training on early detection and early intervention of hearing loss in infants
In-hospital newborn screening for both otoacoustic emissions and evoked potentials
Outpatient follow-up of children who fail the initial screen or have late onset risk factors
Outpatient Clinical Services:
Didactic training on hearing disorder of childhood, central nervous system anatomy and physiology, auditory processing, and other CNS functions
Infants and toddlers referred for speech delay, otitis media, and other auditory concerns
Elementary and high school students referred for central auditory processing
Infants/toddlers through high school hearing aid services
Hematology/oncology consultations for children with glioblastoma, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, astrocytoma, and other disorders requiring chemotherapy
Pulmonology consultations for children and adolescents with cystic fibrosis who are receiving aminoglycoside antibiotic treatment
Special immunology consultations for children suspected of having hearing loss and/or auditory processing disorders secondary to HIV
Genetics consultations for children with diagnosed syndromes that may have hearing disorders as co-morbid conditions
Classroom hearing aid, FM, and cochlear implant monitoring of functions
Diagnostic audiometric evaluations of classroom children including behavioral testing and evaluation of hearing aid function (behavioral and real ear measurements)
Participation in IEP meetings
Hearing aid reprogramming
Practicum in auditory training
Cleft Palate Clinic
Interdisciplinary Diagnostic and Evaluation Service
Early Steps (IDEA Part C) Clinc
In addition to the clinical opportunities listed above, the following components will also be integral to the training of each audiology student.
Cochlear Implant Rotation
Didactic, observation, and practicum instruction in cochlear implants at the University of Miami Ear Institute.
Didactic Instruction and leadership activities:
didactic interdisciplinary course and Understanding the Family-Professional Partnership
Monthly grand rounds with interdisciplinary topics of interest
each trainee will develop a presentation on an advocacy topic to present to other trainees and Mailman Center faculty (the topic may be of the student's choice subject to review and approval)
Genetics conference on various topics of interest audiology
The center has agreed to participate in the online, web-based seminars that will be available to all LEND trainees and faculty
Observation of the Florida Department of Health Genetics and Newborn Screening Advisory Council and the EHDI Advisory Committee
Impact of the coronavirus on child development
Early detection of genetic etiologies of hearing loss
Weekly Audiology Conference:
Weekly informal conference to discuss interesting cases seen during the previous week
The Mailman Center for Child Development is a federally designated Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. The training curriculum for graduate students of various professional disciplines falls under the program description of Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND). The thrust of the training program is directed toward three goals: Developing clinical, technical skills in pediatric audiology, training in interdisciplinary care for children with complex diagnostic, intervention or therapeutic needs, and management of very complex children within the framework of multiple professional disciplines. The didactic and experiential training in audiology is designed to provide a much broader foundation in managing complex, medically fragile, or diagnostic dilemma children as a single discipline assessment or as part of an interdisciplinary team.
A primary, long-term goal is to develop skills leading to excellent clinical judgment regarding children with hearing and other complex medica
The application package will include the following:
Cover letter of interest
Three (3) letters of recommendation
Eligible for Florida Provisional License in Audiology
Primary Practice Setting:
University medical center
Number of Audiologists at the site:
3 FTE Masters Degree 1 FTE Au.D. 1 FTE Ph.D. 0 FTE Other Doctorate (ScD) 2 FTE professional support staff (technicians/audiometric assistants) 1 FTE Clerical Support Staff
Number of Audiology Students each year:
0 1st year AuD Clinical Rotations 0 2nd year 0 3rd year 2 4th year Externships
Will interview travel be compensated?
Continuing education opportunities?
Yes Attendance at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities and national EHDI conference plus in-house continuing education.
July 1, 2022
Expected hours/days a week:
40 hour week minimum
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:
Experience with VRA, Conditioned Play Audiometry, Otoacoustic Emissions and Auditory Evoked Potentials.
Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
Newborn screening, diagnostic techniques for infants, toddlers and adolescents, auditory processing evaluations, interdisciplinary team participation, hearing aid programming and dispensing for infants and toddlers, cochlear implant programming, auditory intervention for children, leadership skills in neurodevelopmental disabilities (LEND) program.
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 Developing protocols to evaluate impact of the coronavirus on child development as part of a large inter-professional collaboration.
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:
Affiliation agreement between the University of Miami and the student's matriculated university plus a copy of the matriculated university's liability insurance covering the student.
Letters of Recommendation Resume Transcript Personal Review Phone interview Letter of request/intent Other Zoom interview may take the place of a personal or phone interview.
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
Send application package to Robert Fifer, Ph.D. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)
The Mailman Center for Child Development is a University Center of Excellence in Neurodevelopmental Disabilitie. It offers audiology externships for 4th year AuD. students using an interdisciplinary training experience. Each student will be part of the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities trainee and will receive experience in pediatric audiology that goes beyond the realm of audiology alone.