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Cincinnati VA Medical Center

Site: 
Cincinnati VA Medical Center

Location:
3200 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH 45220

Description: 
Cincinnati VAMC is proud to offer an externship experience to highly motivated candidates.  Students will primarily work at the main hospital in face-to-face clinic settings, but will also be able to provide face-to-face care at our smaller outpatient clinics.  Cincinnati has a robust telehealth program with two outpatient locations that are in our most rural areas.

Number of externship positions: 
1

Funding is assigned by the Office of Academic Affairs and may not have been determined by the application deadline. OAA funding is announced nationally at the same time which should allow sites to know funding at approximately the same time. Historically, our site: provides 1 paid position and will offer 1 unpaid position when student applicants are qualified and interested.

Clinical opportunities provided during the externship:  

  • Audiologic evaluation
  • Immittance measures
  • Otoacoustic emissions
  • Hearing aid selection
  • Hearing aid fitting
  • Assistive listening devices
  • Vestibular evaluation
  • Vestibular rehabilitation
  • Tinnitus management
  • Cochlear Implant evaluation
  • Cochlear Implant management
  • Auditory Processing evaluation
  • Cerumen Management
  • Telehealth program
  • ENT clinic

Clinical opportunities not listed above:
Ototoxicity Monitoring

Externship site expects the extern to have mastered these skills before they begin their clinical externship: 

  • Pure tone audiometry (air and bone) including masking
  • SRT and word recognition testing
  • Audiogram interpretation
  • Basic counseling skills
  • Hearing aid verification measurements
  • Basic hearing aid repairs
  • Otoscopy
  • Clinical report writing
  • Good interpersonal skills, professionalism, and willingness to accept feedback

Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship: 
Students are expected to develop into independent clinicians.  Students will have opportunities to participate in Progressive Tinnitus Management, Auditory Processing evaluation, vestibular evaluation, cochlear implants, and BAHA devices.

Number of audiologists at site: 
11

Number of staff at site: 
3

Audiologists holding CCC-A certification: 
10

Audiologists holding ABA certification: 
0

What level of supervision is provided: 
Direct, line of sight supervision is provided daily

Number of patients seen per year: 
17000

How many students per year both interns and externs: 
5

Continuing Education opportunities: 
Students are encouraged to attend professional conferences during their externship year.  Students will also have the opportunity to attend training provided by the hearing aid manufacturers currently on the government contract.

Travel to satellites required?: 
Yes

Are there interdisciplinary opportunities? If so what: 
Traumatic Brain Injury; Cochlear Implant Workgroup

Are there research opportunities? If so what?: 
No

Do you have a consortium or collaborative arrangements with other sites that provides additional experience?:
No

What communication or other support do you expect or require from university during externship? 
Our University partners should outline the specific requirements they have for the extern.

Site’s application requirements: 

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • 3 letters of reference (may come separately)

Steps for the student/university to follow the application process: 
The student should submit their materials to the externship contact.

Site’s application deadline: 
September 18, 2024

Site’s externship contact: 
Brittney Hackworth brittney.hackworth@va.gov

Anticipated decision date: 
October 25, 2024

 

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