George S. Osborne College of Audiology
Doctor of Audiology Program (Residential)
The eXtern Files
Name: Kalie Stoneman
Program/Class: Audiology Class of 2013
Dates of externship: May 2012-May 2013
Externship Site: ENT Medical and Surgical Group located in New Haven, CT
Type of practice: ENT
Preceptor(s): Myles Kessler, Au.D.
I chose this externship because: This site offers everything and I wanted to get a diverse experience my fourth year.
What I do/what I am learning here: Cochlear implants, hearing aids, diagnostics – VNG, rotary chair, bser, VEMP, OAEs
Name: Ashley Bonanno
Program/Class: Au.D. 2014
Dates of externship: June 2013 – May 2014
Externship Site: REM Audiology, locations in Philadelphia, Voorhees and Medford, NJ.
Type of practice: Private Practice
- Liz Patterson, Au.D.
- Maegan Mapes, Au.D.
- Jorge Zavala, Au.D.
I chose this externship because: REM serves a wide variety of patients. I see a good mix of pediatrics and adults. In addition to diagnostics and hearing aids, REM provides tinnitus therapies, educational audiology services, and auditory processing testing.
What I do/what I am learning here: Diagnostics, hearing aid evaluations, real-ear measurements, central auditory processing evaluations. I am also getting more exposure to FM systems and alternative listening devices.
Transportation: I travel to all 3 office locations, so a car is necessary.
Name: Mindy Westfried
Program/Class: AUD 2014
Dates of externship: June 2013- May 2014
Externship Site: ENT Associates of NY/ Total Hearing Care
Type of practice: ENT and private practice
Preceptor: Dr. Marie Ann Zumpone-Weibley
I chose this externship because: I chose this externship for a number of reasons. The first reason was that they offer a variety of tests. This practice does every test that is in the audiology scope of practice. I also liked that this is a 22 office practice which means that I would be offered a job after my externship.
What I do/what I am learning here: I am learning many things here. I am learning how to work with other health care professionals. I am also learning how to be more time efficient and amazing patient skills.
What has surprised me about this externship: Nothing. It is pretty much what you expect from an ENT practice.
Comments to other externs about this specialty/area/practice: Great practice! The only issue is that parking can sometimes be an issue.
Transportation: I drive and parking can be an issue. The bus is also very convenient.
Housing information: I live at home with my parents so I don’t know about rent in the area.
Cost of living: It’s New York so it depends on you. I pack lunch but if you order in for lunch it should cost you about 10 dollars a day on food.
What is the area like? The area is easy to get around with public transportation. The area is mostly doctor’s offices and a hospital.
Name: Rebecca Bacon
Program/Class: Audiology 2014
Dates of externship: June 2013- May 2014
Externship Site: Rhode Island Hospital/Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Type of practice: Hospital setting both pediatric and adult.
Preceptor: Dr. Deborah Lyon.
I chose this externship because: of the diverse experience it offers. I am able to see both pediatric and adult patients in a variety of settings. The main office is run like a private practice, but I also work in an ENT environment some days, and then I even have time in the OR. The facility performs basically every type of diagnostic testing in our scope of practice.
What I do/what I am learning here: I am furthering my skills in comprehensive audiologic evaluations, both pediatric and adult. I perform sedated ABR’s on patients both in and out of the OR, as well as neurodiagnostic ABR’s on patients with asymmetrical hearing or Central Auditory Processing delays. Central auditory processing evaluations are also a common occurrence at this facility. I have the opportunity to perform diagnostic audiologic evaluations on patients in the hospitals ENT clinic twice a week, which is a fast paced and highly energized environment. It allows me to see otologic pathologies that I would not see otherwise. I am able to work with both cochlear implant patients and hearing aid patients daily, which includes fitting, programming, verifying, and troubleshooting these devices. I am also able to work with a diverse group of professionals from Otolaryngologists, to speech pathologists, to physician assistants. I also work with two other audiology externs, and it has been interesting to hear about their experiences up to this point.
What has surprised me about this externship: The amount of paperwork is something I never imagined.
Transportation: I drive to work every day and the office rarely closes due to weather. Ideally you should have a vehicle of your own that is dependable in rain, shine, or snow. (Though there is a free shuttle that takes us from the office to the main hospital when we need to go there).
Housing information: I recommend not living in Providence. The main office is about 10 minutes south of the hospital. Warwick and Cranston are good places to look.
Cost of living: There are many housing options in the area for all budgets. You can easily rent an apartment or even a house. There are a ton of colleges in the area, so affordable housing is usually easy to find.
What the area is like: Gorgeous beaches are everywhere. Newport is amazing! Thayer Street in Providence is buzzing while Brown University and RISD (Rhode Island School of Design; pronounced “Riz-dee”) are in session, and the Providence Place Mall is really nice. There are historic sites all around. Federal Hill is a great area for dining, and seasonally there is something called “Water Fires.”
Massachusetts is a short drive away and there is a commuter rail that takes you into Boston in just under an hour. There are also great outlets in Wrentham, MA. There are a few great vineyards and breweries in the area for weekend adventures. Mohegan Sun Casino and Foxwoods Casino are also a short drive away. Everything is typically within a one hour drive - unless you want to go to New Hampshire or Vermont for a weekend trip, then just add on a couple of hours. There is a lot to do around here because the states are so small and close together. It is difficult to get bored with the area!
Name: Brittany Panetta
Program/Class: AuD 2014
Dates of externship: June 2, 2013 – May 2014
Externship Site: University of Virginia Medical Center
Type of practice: Hospital/Medical Center
Preceptor(s): Dr. Lori Grove. May also get to observe Dr. Melissa McNichol, Dr. Donna Catalano, Liz Rabin, Janet Sturtevant, Debra Hildebrand, Dr. Gleason Tucker, Dr. Amber Kiser, Dr. Cynthia Clark, Dr. Sara Sohns, and Dr. Nicola Ratcliffe. All of these preceptors have their CCC’s through ASHA.
I chose this externship because: Wide range of services offered
What I do/what I am learning here: Clinical audiology (adults and children), HAs (adults and children), cochlear implants (adults and children), APD, tinnitus evaluations, IOM (during CI and acoustic neuroma surgery, also atresia repair), NBHS, electrophysiology (ABR – sedated and natural sleep, OAE, ASSR), vestibular patients (rotary chair and VNG). I am probably forgetting something, but basically this site offers pretty much any area of audiology that falls under our scope of practice.
What has surprised me about this externship: How well-known this hospital is; people from PA knew where I was talking about when I said I was coming here. Also, you really get to see all types of patients – children to adults, atresia, acoustic neuromas, etc. Plus the ENT and Audiology department work together pretty well here.
Comments to other externs about this specialty/area/practice: This can be an expensive area to live in so plan wisely. You will see basically everything that could be offered in Audiology at this one site. There is a good relationship between the otolaryngologists and the audiologists. During surgeries the otolaryngologists are willing to answer questions most of the time and love when both their externs and the audiology externs have questions and show initiative in wanting to know what is happening.
Transportation: I have my own car, but there are bus routes and depending on your housing you may be close enough to walk.
Housing information: Apartment building. The prices are a little high around here, but my apartment is much nicer than the one I lived in in Philadelphia.
Cost of living: More than I was paying in Philadelphia. This is a more expensive city in VA.
What the area is like? There’s a lot of places to bike and hike – there are also a lot of wineries nearby. The downtown area has Fridays at Five, where there’s music/bands and food vendors going on.