Meeting Addresses AuD Externship Challenges, Future Directions In response to pressing issues in AuD education, more than 100 audiology educators, professionals and students participated in an ASHA-convened AuD Education Summit at the national office. The October summit focused on issues identified in—and recommendations offered by—the ASHA Academic Affairs Board in its 2014 “Report on Critical Issues in ... ASHA News
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ASHA News  |   January 01, 2017
Meeting Addresses AuD Externship Challenges, Future Directions
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ASHA News   |   January 01, 2017
Meeting Addresses AuD Externship Challenges, Future Directions
The ASHA Leader, January 2017, Vol. 22, 59. doi:10.1044/leader.AN3.22012017.59
The ASHA Leader, January 2017, Vol. 22, 59. doi:10.1044/leader.AN3.22012017.59
In response to pressing issues in AuD education, more than 100 audiology educators, professionals and students participated in an ASHA-convened AuD Education Summit at the national office.
The October summit focused on issues identified in—and recommendations offered by—the ASHA Academic Affairs Board in its 2014 “Report on Critical Issues in AuD Education.”
A major concern is the externship clinical experience (“fourth year”), which has presented challenges for many academic programs and students. The summit included a representative from every clinical doctoral program in audiology, as well as representatives of audiology professional associations (ASHA, American Academy of Audiology, Academy of Doctors of Audiology), credentialing bodies (Council of Academic Accreditation in Audiology, Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education, Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, American Board of Audiology) and student associations (National Student Speech Language Hearing Association, Student Academy of Audiology, Student Academy of Doctors of Audiology).
Prior to the meeting, a survey gathered input about the externship from all stakeholders—AuD educators, students and preceptors. Invited speakers addressed clinical education in medicine, optometry and physical therapy. The meeting was webcast—you can view the first day and listen to the second day.
At the end of the summit, more than 90 of the participants volunteered to serve on committees to address student readiness for the externship, guidelines for AuD clinical training sites, student competency assessment throughout their programs, standardization of the externship, optional post-graduation residency, and the vision for the future of the profession.
For more information, contact Neil DiSarno, ASHA chief staff officer for audiology, at ndisarno@asha.org.
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