LEND Audiology Externship

The Program

The Audiology Externship functions within the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program. The LEND program promotes leadership, research skills, and clinical expertise in graduate level health care professionals who intend to devote their careers to working with children, youth and adults with a variety of health conditions including developmental disabilities.

Audiology Externs receive clinical experience and training within the audiology clinics at the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center (CDRC), Doernbecher Children's Hospital, and the OHSU Otolaryngology Outpatient Clinic.  The Pediatric Audiology program at Doernbecher Children's Hospital provides a wide range of diagnostic services to infants, children, and adolescents. Services primarily involve comprehensive diagnostic evaluations including behavioral hearing assessments, otoacoustic emissions, middle ear analysis, and auditory brainstem response (ABR) testing.Pediatric audiology is also a part of the CDRC interdisciplinary outpatient clinics for children with developmental disabilities and special health needs, including Craniofacial Disorders, Genetics, Down Syndrome, Autism, Neurodevelopment, Child Development, and NICU Follow-up Clinic. The OHSU Audiology Outpatient Clinic operates within the Department of Otolaryngology. A full range of diagnostic and management services are offered both independently and in conjunction with physicians. Services include differential diagnosis, vestibular testing, pediatric and adult cochlear implants, pediatric and adult amplification, and bone anchored hearing devices (baha).

Audiology Externs collaborate with other trainees in speech-language pathology, psychology, social work, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, and developmental pediatrics. Leadership skills are developed through clinical practicum, continuing education, participation in community organizations, advocacy projects, and a mentored clinical research project.

The externship begins in August and ends in July.A modest stipend is provided.

Applicant Qualifications

Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited AuD program and must have met all requirements for graduation with the exception of the Fourth Year Externship. Interested applicants should contact Kristy Knight, Audiology Training Coordinator, to request an application and additional information.

Kristy Knight
LEND Training Coordinator, Audiology
OHSU Institute on Development & Disability
LEND Program
707 SW Gaines Street
Portland, OR 97239                
Phone: 503 494-2061
Fax: 503 494-4447