LEND Audiology Training Program

The LEND Audiology Training Program provides supervised clinical experience and training for audiology graduate students. Clinical training is provided through 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.

We offer full-time one year clinical audiology externships to 3rd or 4th year AuD students and medium-term internships for 2nd or 3rd year AuD students. Information on each training opportunity is listed below:

Information contained in this webpage has been fully updated for the application process for the 2019-2020 training year.

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. Both clinics are on the OHSU Marquam Hill Campus, within walking distance of each other. Externs spend 50% of clinical time in each setting, rotating between each clinic site every three months. 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, NICU Follow-up Clinic, and the Hearing Loss 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 AUCD and OHSU WEB sites also have information about our program and LEND programs in general:

The externship is 12 months in duration, beginning in August and ending in July and a modest stipend is provided.

Please direct any questions to Kristy Knight at gilmerk@ohsu.edu

Application Requirements

The application deadline for externships beginning in August 2020 is September 9, 2019.

We request that applicants submit:

  1. Professional vita or resume that includes information in the following areas:
  • Clinical experience: please provide dates and locations of each clinical practicum site and include a description of the practicum setting (community clinic, hospital, university audiology clinic, and information about the patient population). Please describe your experiences and responsibilities, and list the number of hours per week at each site.
  • Education″ Membership in professional and learned societies
  • Honors and awards
  • Papers published, presented, in press
  • Clinical and research interests
  • Research experience
  • Major extracurricular interests
  • Other relevant experiences
  1. References: Please provide three letters of recommendation. At least one should come fromyour academic program and two from clinical supervisors.
  2. An official transcript of your graduate work.
  3. A letter of intent/personal statement describing your interests and goals for your Audiology Externship.

* Persons with disabilities and/or diverse backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply

No participant, employee, student, beneficiary, or potential beneficiary of the Oregon Health &Science University shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other applicable basis in law. Direct inquiries should be sent to Jilma Meneses, OHSU Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity, or to the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Health and Human Services.

We encourage applicants to submit application materials electronically by emailing Kristy Knight at gilmerk@ohsu.edu.

Letters of reference may be submitted electronically as long as they are on letterhead, signed by the writer, and originate from the writer's email. Letters of reference may also be mailed from the writers address, or by the applicant as long as the reference letter is sealed in an envelope and signed across the seal.

Application materials may be mailed to:

Kristy Knight
LEND Training Coordinator, Audiology
OHSU Institute on Development and Disability
707 SW Gaines Street
Portland, OR 97239               

After the application deadline, selected candidates will be invited to an online video interview.

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.

Requirements when an externship position is offered and accepted:

  1. OHSU provides professional liability insurance covering externs. However, OHSU requires "double coverage". Thus, professional liability insurance must also be provided by either the extern or his/her home institution. Coverage limits must be at least $1,000,000 per occurrence, and $3,000,000 aggregate.
  2. Externs are required to provide proof of current vaccinations, and if the full panel required by OHSU is not current, then the extern will need to update vaccinations at his or her expense.
    For more information about required vaccinations, please visit the OHSU Student Health Services website
  3. Externs are required to provide proof of personal medical insurance coverage.
  4. Final appointment to the externship position is contingent upon satisfactorily passing a background check that includes, but may not be limited to, criminal offender inquiry. Prior conviction does not necessarily disqualify an applicant. As appropriate, a risk assessment will be made that considers the conviction relative to the essential functions as an extern, the time frame in which the offense occurs, and any mitigating circumstances. Applicants concerned about potential issues are welcome to contact the site early in the application review and selection process.
  5. Additionally, an extern may be expected to successfully pass a drug screen, completed potentially at the expense of the applicant, prior to final appointment as an extern. Again, this would be completed after a position is offered and accepted.
  6. Please check back to this webpage for updated information regarding these and related issues.

Information contained in this webpage has been fully updated for the application process for the 2019-2020 training year.

Audiology internships are provided through the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program.

Audiology interns will receive clinical experience and training within the audiology clinics at the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center (CDRC)/Doernbecher Children's Hospital at Oregon Health &Science University in Portland, Oregon, and the Doernbecher Pediatrics Westside Clinic in Beaverton, Oregon. Interns will gain clinical experience in comprehensive diagnostic evaluations of infants, children and adolescents including audiometry, otoacoustic emissions, middle ear analysis, acoustic reflex measurement, and auditory brainstem response (ABR) testing. Interns will also work within the CDRC interdisciplinary outpatient clinics for children with developmental disabilities and special health needs. Please direct any questions to Kristy Knight at gilmerk@ohsu.edu

The 9-week spring internship begins in late February and ends in April.

The 6-week summer internship begins in June and ends in July.

The specific start and end dates will be determined with the student and University upon acceptance of the internship.

Application deadlines

  • Summer internship 2019: March 4, 2019
  • Spring internship 2020: October 7, 2019

Qualifications

Applicants must be in the second or third year of a clinical doctorate of audiology program and must have completed at least one pediatric audiology course and one electrophysiology course before the start of the internship. Applicants should have some clinical experience working with pediatric populations and have an interest in working with children who have developmental disabilities. If all coursework has not been completed by the application deadline, please indicate how the requirements will be met prior to starting the internship if accepted.

OHSU requirements when an internship position is offered and accepted:

  1. OHSU provides professional liability insurance covering interns. However, OHSU requires "double coverage". Thus, professional liability insurance must also be provided by either the intern or his/her home institution. Coverage limits must be at least $1,000,000 per occurrence, and $3,000,000 aggregate.
  2. Interns are required to provide proof of current vaccinations, and if the full panel required by OHSU is not current, then the extern will need to update vaccinations at his or her expense. For more information about required vaccinations, please visit the OHSU Student Health Services website http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/education/student-services/joseph-trainer-health…
  3. Interns are required to provide proof of personal medical insurance coverage.
  4. Final appointment to the internship position is contingent upon satisfactorily passing a background check that includes, but may not be limited to, criminal offender inquiry. Prior conviction does not necessarily disqualify an applicant. As appropriate, a risk assessment will be made that considers the conviction relative to the essential functions as an intern, the time frame in which the offense occurs, and any mitigating circumstances. Applicants concerned about potential issues are welcome to contact the site early in the application review and selection process.
  5. Additionally, an intern may be expected to successfully pass a drug screen, completed potentially at the expense of the applicant, prior to final appointment as an intern. Again, this would be completed after a position is offered and accepted.

Application materials

Please submit all documents together in one envelope.

  1. Professional vitae or resume that includes information in the following areas:
  • Clinical experience: Please provide dates, locations, and clinical hours for each clinical practicum site and include a description of the practicum setting (community clinic, hospital, university audiology clinic, and information about the patient population). Please describe your experiences and responsibilities.
  • Education
  • Membership in professional and learned societies
  • Honors and awards″ Research experience, papers published, presented etc. (if applicable)
  • Other relevant experiences
  1. Personal statement explaining clinical and research interests, why you are interested in the position, and how the position would benefit your education/career (maximum 500 words)
  2. Two letters of recommendation (one from an academic professor or research mentor, one from a clinical supervisor). Each letter should be placed into a sealed envelope with the professor's or supervisor's signature over the sealed flap and submitted by the student with the application materials.
  3. Unofficial academic transcripts

* Persons with disabilities and/or diverse backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply

No participant, employee, student, beneficiary, or potential beneficiary of the Oregon Health &Science University shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other applicable basis in law. Direct inquiries should be sent to Jilma Meneses, OHSU Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity, or to the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Health and Human Services.

Please submit application materials to:

Kristy Knight
LEND Training Coordinator, Audiology
OHSU Institute on Development and Disability
707 SW Gaines Street
Portland, OR 97239