San Diego VA Healthcare System

San Diego VA Healthcare System

3350 La Jolla Village Dr (126)
San Diego, CA 92161
United States

The audiology department is a multi-site clinic, offering clinical services at the main hospital with 3 additional outpatient clinics in the surrounding San Diego area. Our 4th year externs work a 5 day schedule ( may include one weekend day at the main hospital) and will be exposed to a wide range of clinical experiences and patient populations. Clinical experiences may include: hearing evaluations, cerumen management, OAEs, hearing aid selection, hearing aid fittings with real ear measures, electrophysiology (ABR, ECoG, and ocular & cervical VEMP), Comprehensive vestibular exams (including rotational chair), FM and assistive listening devices, Progressive Tinnitus Management and ototoxic monitoring. Our department also conducts BAHA and CI work ups and mapping.

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:
has received funding for two externs

Clinical opportunities provided during the externship may include:

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

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

  • Diagnostic hearing exams (including OAEs, tympanometry, acoustic reflexes, acoustic reflex decay and masking)
  • Basic hearing aid fittings with real ear measures
  • Basic hearing aid selection
  • Basic hearing aid troubleshooting
  • Solid report writing skills
  • Knowledge of electrophysiologic measurements (experience preferred but not necessary)
  • Knowledge of vestibular examinations (experience preferred but not necessary)

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

  • Improve professionalism
  • Increase clinical proficiency and time management
  • Ability to synthesize results and make appropriate independent clinical decisions
  • Increase confidence as an independent clinician

Number of audiologists at site:

Number of staff at site:

Audiologists holding CCC-A certification:

How many students per year both interns and externs:

Site’s application requirements:
Our application requirements include:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Graduate school transcripts (may be unofficial)
  • 3 letters of professional recommendation
  • 3 professional references (different individuals from those who provided your letters of recommendation.)

Steps for the student/university to follow the application process:
You may submit electronically (which is preferred) to Krishafaye Rosete at

Alternatively, you may apply via mail to the following address:
VA San Diego Healthcare System
Audiology/Speech Pathology Service (126)
ATTN: Krishafaye Rosete
3350 La Jolla Village Dr.
San Diego, CA 92161

Site’s application deadline:
September 22, 2023

Site’s externship contact:
Kimberly Santangelo, Au.D., SD VA ASPS Academic Director –

Anticipated decision date:
October 24, 2023