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Kansas City VA Medical Center

Site:
Kansas City VA Medical Center

Location:
4801 E. Linwood Blvd.
Kansas City, Missouri 64055
United States

Description:
The position is located at the Kansas City VAMC, Kansas City, MO. The appointment is not to exceed twelve months or 2080 hours beginning in May/June. Applicants should prepare to engage in an externship designed to be thought-provoking and both clinically and professionally challenging. Clinical work will include diagnostic audiologic assessment; electrophysiologic assessment; hearing aid and assistive listening device selection, fitting with real ear verification, and adjustments with real ear verification; implantable device evaluations, (in-house surgery), and mapping; cerumen removal and ENT collaboration. An off-site vestibular rotation may be available. Evidence-based practice is emphasized. Additionally, weekly ‘Lunch and Learns’ to discuss topics pertinent to the field.

Number of externship positions:
2

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:
Historically, we have had 3 funded positions.

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
  • Electrophysiology evaluation
  • Tinnitus evaluation
  • Tinnitus management
  • Cochlear Implant evaluation
  • Cochlear Implant management
  • Cerumen Management
  • Telehealth program
  • ENT clinic
  • Industrial/hearing conservation

Clinical opportunities not listed above:
Collaboration with Blind Rehab Center.

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

  • Diagnostic audiometry, to include masking.
  • Foundation in amplification, to include hearing aid selection, real ear measurements, software programming, shell modifications and impressions.
  • Electronic medical records and report writing.
  • Basic knowledge of billing and coding procedures.
  • Professional attitude needed for customer service and interpersonal effectiveness.
  • Willingness to learn new skills and work hard.

Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:

  • Understands the complexities of the VA healthcare system and increases their awareness of the clinical process, procedures, and patient-centered outcomes.
  • Increase their level of professionalism by collaborating with co-workers, handling conflict effectively, and showing sensitivity and compassion to all.
  • Achieve a daily mindset designed to achieve the VA’s strategic direction that is customer centered.
  • Integration and reflection on constructive suggestions when making clinical decisions.

Number of audiologists at site:
7

Number of staff at site:
9

Audiologists holding CCC-A certification:
7

Audiologists holding ABA certification:
0

What level of supervision is provided:
Daily

Number of patients seen per year:
26000

How many students per year both interns and externs:
6

Continuing Education opportunities:
Students are encouraged to engage in our Lunch and Learn activities, hearing aid manufacturer trainings, and to attend any local or national conferences.

Travel to satellites required?:
Possibly

Are there interdisciplinary opportunities? If so what:
Collaboration with Blind Rehab Center.

Are there research opportunities? If so what?:
Not at this time.

Do you have a consortium or collaborative arrangements with other sites that provides additional experience?:
Yes – Hearing and Balance Specialists of Kansas City – Lee’s Summit (Vestibular)

What communication or other support do you expect or require from university during externship?
Academic affiliation agreement and the TQCVL (Trainee Qualifications and Credentials Verification Letter) needs to be completed. Guidelines on the University’s expectations of the student and grading requirements will need to be submitted.

Site’s application requirements:
Interested applicants are encouraged to submit the following:

  1. A letter of professional/career objectives.
  2. Current official or unofficial graduate transcript.
  3. Most recent copy of clinical performance evaluation, if possible.
  4. Two letters of recommendation. One from an on campus and one off campus clinic supervisor.

Steps for the student/university to follow the application process:
Send the above information to:
Casey.cordell3@va.gov

Or to the following address:
Kansas City VA Medical Center
Audiology Department (126)
Attn: Casey Cordell
4801 Linwood Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64128

Site’s application deadline:
September 23, 2022

Site’s externship contact:
Casey Cordell

Anticipated decision date:
October 24, 2022

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