John D. Dingell VAMC

John D. Dingell VAMC

Detroit, MI 4646 John R
Detroit, MI 48201
United States

Our hospital is located in the heart of Midtown Detroit and is surrounded by restaurants and shopping, as well as the local college which hosts a medical and law school and can be a great opportunity to share rent with other graduate students. Our Audiology clinic includes eight audiologists and one health technician. Audiology services provided are audiological assessments to include ototoxic monitoring, hearing aid selections and fittings, to include BAHA, with Verifit 2 real ear measurement, ENG/VNG to include Posturography and Rotary Chair, evoked potentials testing to include ABR, ECoG, VEMPs and ENoG, as well as full diagnostic and screening OAEs. We also provide telehealth services for hearing aid fittings and hearing aid checks.

Number of externship positions:

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:
This is the first paid externship for our facility.

Clinical opportunities provided during the externship:

  • Audiologic evaluation
  • Immittance measures
  • Otoacoustic emissions
  • Hearing aid selection
  • Hearing aid fitting
  • Assistive listening devices
  • Vestibular evaluation
  • Electrophysiology evaluation
  • Tinnitus evaluation
  • Telehealth program
  • ENT clinic
  • Industrial/hearing conservation

Clinical opportunities not listed above:

Externship site expects the extern to have mastered these skills before they begin their clinical externship:
Basic knowledge of audiological assessment, basic knowledge of hearing aid orientation and selection, basic knowledge of vestibular assessment, basic knowledge of evoked potential assessment, clinical and personal professionalism.

Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
Further knowledge and growth in aspects of audiological assessment and interpretation, hearing aid orientations, selections and checks, vestibular assessment and interpretation, evoked potential assessment and interpretation, report writing, extensive counseling skills, time management skills, further aspects of professionalism as needed.

Number of audiologists at site:

Number of staff at site:

Audiologists holding CCC-A certification:

Audiologists holding ABA certification:

What level of supervision is provided:
Full supervision with independence as rotation progresses and skills grow

How many students per year both interns and externs:

Continuing Education opportunities:
Manufacturer trainings twice a year, AAA, JDVAC, Michigan Audiology Coalition Conference (M.A.C.)

Travel to satellites required?:

Are there interdisciplinary opportunities? If so what:

Are there research opportunities? If so what?:

Do you have a consortium or collaborative arrangements with other sites that provides additional experience?:

What communication or other support do you expect or require from university during externship?
Semester evaluations

Site’s application requirements:
Email complete application–cover letter, resume and three letters of recommendation to

Steps for the student/university to follow the application process:

Letters of Recommendation
Cover letter

Affiliation Agreement if student is offered the position

Site’s externship contact:
Stephanie McLear, Au.D. 
313-576-1000 ext. 65113


The Detroit VAMC will be following the ACEN timeline:

Application Deadline: Friday, September 23, 2022
Interviews Begin: Monday, September 26, 2022
Interviews complete: Friday, October 21, 2022
Offers extended beginning: Monday, October 24, 2022
(11 am Eastern; 8 am Pacific)
Response Deadline: Tuesday, October 25, 2022
(7 pm Eastern; 4 pm Pacific)
Subsequent Offers Begin: Tuesday, October 25, 2022
(7 pm Eastern; 4 pm Pacific)