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Audiology Externship (Arizona)

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Program overview

Program length: 1 year
Class size: 2 students
Location: Phoenix, AZ

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences offers a one-year Audiology Externship at Mayo Clinic's campus in Arizona. This externship provides in-depth clinical knowledge and skills that enable practitioners to provide high-quality comprehensive audiology care. Education focuses on patient care, providing state-of-the-art clinical audiology services to a primarily adult population.

In-depth clinical experiences are provided to develop a well-rounded, competent audiologist, including:

  • Audiological evaluations
  • Balance and falls assessment
  • Computerized dynamic posturography
  • Concussion evaluation
  • Dynamic visual acuity test
  • Pediatric vestibular diagnostics
  • Vestibular evoked myogenic potentials
  • Video head impulse test
  • Videonystagmography
  • Rotational chair testing
  • Canalith repositioning procedures
  • Auditory evoked potentials
  • Otoacoustic emissions
  • Hearing aid selection, fitting and dispensing
  • Assistive listening devices
  • Adult aural rehabilitation programs
  • Cochlear implant evaluation and programming
  • Tinnitus counseling
  • Opportunity for clinical and bench research

Upon successful completion of the Audiology Externship, you receive a certificate of completion from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.

Application process

Two candidates are selected on a competitive basis each year. The program runs for a year, from mid-July to the following July.

The application will be open from July 15 to Sept. 15 of the year before you would like to start your externship.

Prerequisites

To be eligible to apply for the Audiology Externship, applicants must be enrolled in an accredited Doctor of Audiology program. Candidates must have completed the didactic portion of the degree before being admitted to the externship.

How to apply

Your application and all supporting documentation must be received between July 15 – Sept. 15 the year before you would like to start your externship.

Complete the following steps to apply:

  1. Create an account to begin the online Application for Admission
  2. Complete each section of the application and submit
  3. After submission, view the required Supplemental Items and Documents
    • Upload each required item in the Supplemental Items section (if applicable)
    • Complete the Recommendation Request section (if applicable)

Additional required items 

  • CV/resume.
  • Personal Statement of your professional goals, to be uploaded in the Supplemental Items section.
  • Three letters of recommendation are required and must be completed in the Recommendation Request section. The recommenders will receive an email with a link to complete a rating form and upload a letter.
  • Official college transcripts must be mailed from the institution directly to: 
    Judy Cimochowski
    Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
    13400 E. Shea Blvd.
    Scottsdale, AZ 85259
  • Upload results from undergraduate and graduate college entrance examinations, such as the American College Test (ACT) and Graduate Record Examination (GRE) in the Supplemental Items section. Original transcripts are not required.

Interview process

Applicants will be contacted for a telephone interview. Applicants considered for acceptance may be invited to Mayo Clinic for a personal interview with the program director and selected faculty.

Acceptance

Acceptance letters are mailed at the conclusion of the interview process. Your reply is expected within 10 days. Your admission to the externship is dependent upon successful completion of the health review, drug screen, and background check.

Admission policies

See further Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences admissions policy information.

Stipend and benefits

Students receive a stipend during the 12 months of the program. Contact the education coordinator for more information about the stipend.

You are responsible for providing your own living accommodations and transportation.

Curriculum

Clinical training

The Audiology Externship consists of comprehensive clinical training, which includes:

  • Audiological evaluations
  • Vestibular assessment and therapy
  • Auditory electrophysiology
  • Hearing aid dispensing
  • Adult aural rehabilitation programs
  • Cochlear implants

You gain experience in the many facets of an active audiology practice. Close and positive relationships with otolaryngologists offer a unique learning environment.

Practice management

During this time, you acquire a thorough understanding of departmental philosophy and mission, and skills to identify and solve practice problems using policy development. You learn the elements of performance improvement and participate in the process through departmental initiatives, especially as they relate to patient safety.

Didactic training

You have the opportunity to participate in a monthly teleconference with audiologists from Mayo Clinic's campuses in Rochester, Minnesota, and Jacksonville, Florida, as research and clinical cases are presented.

In addition, a monthly multidisciplinary vestibular conference allows further education and integration. The Section of Audiology staff, in combination with the otolaryngology staff, also meets monthly for a journal group to discuss current research literature in their fields of interest.

Schedule

For the majority of the externship, your learning schedule includes eight-hour days, five days a week. You may hold outside employment during the externship, as long as it does not conflict with your academic activities.

Grading or evaluation

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences uses evaluative tools that include:

  • Written examination
  • Demonstration of skills
  • Self-assessment exercises
  • Faculty reviews

Mayo's system of evaluation provides students and faculty with a comprehensive look at individual performance. This allows faculty and administrative staff to direct students who are experiencing academic difficulty to the appropriate support resources, including tutoring programs and counseling opportunities.

Facilities

Mayo Clinic has two main campuses and three family medicine centers in Arizona. On the Mayo Clinic campus in Phoenix is the state-of-the-art Mayo Clinic Hospital, the first hospital entirely designed and built by Mayo Clinic. It has been recognized several times by Phoenix magazine as the "Best Hospital in Phoenix."

The Mayo Clinic campus in Scottsdale is centered around a beautiful, five-story outpatient clinic. This modern facility contains extensive exam rooms, an outpatient surgery center equipped for general anesthesia, a full-service laboratory, pharmacy, patient education library, endoscopy suite, and a 188-seat auditorium for patient, staff and student education programs. Services in numerous medical and surgical disciplines are provided, including outstanding programs in cancer treatment and organ transplantation.

Mayo Clinic Family Medicine — Arrowhead offers family medicine services, including audiology.

Faculty

The Audiology Externship draws its faculty from Mayo Clinic's clinical, scientific and technical staffs. Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences' faculty members are chosen for their commitment to teaching, as well as clinical practice and research. Many have published and lectured extensively and are highly regarded in their fields. They bring a vast amount of knowledge and experience to share with you.

The Section of Audiology employs 11 people, including eight audiologists. The staff includes two Ph.D.-level and seven Au.D.-level audiologists. You have direct access to these individuals throughout your training, giving you the opportunity to learn directly from some of today's best practitioners in audiology.

Accreditation

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