San Francisco VAHCS

San Francisco VAHCS

4150 Clement St 126
San Francisco, CA 94121
United States

The San Francisco VAHCS offers the opportunity for audiometric evaluations, hearing aid fittings, follow-ups, hearing air repairs, OAEs, electrophysiology (ABR, ASSR, VEMP), vestibular evaluations (VNG, rotary chair, air/water calorics, and vHIT), and video-telehealth. Our video-telehealth program offers audiometric evaluations, hearing aid fittings, follow-ups, and hearing air repairs, to 3 locations in California, 2 locations in Florida, and 1 location in Hawaii. The externship coordinator works with the student to ensure they are receiving a well rounded experience.

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:
For the 2022/23 academic year we will offer one funded and one unfunded position.

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
  • Tinnitus management
  • Cochlear Implant evaluation
  • Cochlear Implant management
  • Cerumen Management
  • Telehealth program
  • ENT clinic

Clinical opportunities not listed above:
Ototoxic Monitoring

Externship site expects the extern to have mastered these skills before they begin their clinical externship:
Students should have a good base knowledge of the various tests and how to interpret them, but the preceptors will ensure that the skills are mastered by completion of the externship.

Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
Yes, throughout the year, and certainly by the end of the externship the student will have learned the skills and demonstrated them.

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:

Number of patients seen per year:

How many students per year both interns and externs:

Continuing Education opportunities:
Students participate in manufacturer trainings and are encouraged to attend national conferences (JDVAC, AAA, state conference, etc.).

Travel to satellites required?:

Are there interdisciplinary opportunities? If so what:
Yes, physical therapy, ENT, and Community Living Center.

Are there research opportunities? If so what?:
Yes, students are not required but encouraged to complete a research project at JDVAC or the SF VAHCS research day. The student coordinator works with the extern to determine their interest and develop a research project based on their interest.

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?
Evaluations each semester

Site’s application requirements:
Cover letter, resume, 3 letters of recommendation, and an unofficial graduate school transcript.

Steps for the student/university to follow the application process:
Students can submit the application directly to the externship coordinator ( Once the application is received, a telephone or video interview will be set up. Students will be notified via email regarding acceptance or denial. Once a student is accepted the Audiology Program Support Specialist will work with the university to establish an affiliation agreement.

Site’s application deadline:

Site’s externship contact:
Bethany Wiseman

Anticipated decision date: