This document summarizes the Consensus Conference on Issues and Concerns Related to the 4th-Year AuD Student that took place in January 2004 and that was sponsored by the American Academy of Audiology with support from the American Academy of Audiology Foundation and the Veterans Administration.
The focus of the conference was on the Doctor of Audiology (AuD) Externship, that is, the dedicated clinical experience component of the AuD degree program. The conference was based on the assumption that the extern had completed an academic curriculum covering the breadth and depth of the scope of practice in audiology prior to beginning the externship.
Although the focus of this conference was the implementation of the AuD externship experience, academic preparation of the student prior to the externship is of paramount importance in providing the foundation for the clinical education experience. Further discussions among academic faculty, externship preceptors, and students should continue to ensure that the academic curriculum has prepared the extern for advanced clinical education.
Whether serving on a clinical document development panel or participating as peer reviewers, volunteers have regular chances to deepen their engagement with the Academy and make important contributions benefiting the field of audiology. If you are interested in clinical document development, please volunteer to express interest and submit a CV to the Academy’s guidelines staff by email.
To view the list of guidelines and strategic documents in development and to learn more about the Academy’s clinical document development process, visit the Academy’s Practice Resources website. Information from interested members is accepted on an ongoing basis, and members will be contacted as clinical document volunteer openings occur.