Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates, P.A. (CEENTA) is committed to fostering the professional growth of aspiring audiologists. Through our 12-month audiology fellowship program, students will work in one of three well-rounded, structured clinical experiences.

Externship track summaries:

Rotation track

The rotation track with rotations through cochlear implants, pediatric audiology, tinnitus retraining therapy, vestibular testing (ENG/VNG) and electrophysiology (ped ABR, adult ABR, OAE). Students will have clinic diagnostics for pediatrics and adults (behavioral, immittance, OAEs), hearing aid schedules and exposure to clinic and practice management throughout their time in the audiology fellowship program. We take four externs for this track.

Clinic and Practice Management Track

Our Clinic and Practice Management Track is structured to focus on those externs who target a career in private practice or medical audiology. Their schedules will include clinic diagnostics for pediatrics and adults (behavioral, immittance, OAEs), hearing aid evaluation, fitting, follow-up, trouble-shooting, hearing aid orientation, aural rehabilitation and tinnitus education. Their duties will include monitoring and reporting of practice benchmarking and planning.They will be assigned a year-long community project, a clinic project and have shorter term rotation projects in addition to clinic duties. We take four to five externs for this track.

Peds.CI specialty track

Our PEDS.CI Specialty Track is designed for the extern who is looking for the opportunity to focus on both cochlear implant evaluation, initial stimulation, mapping and follow-up and pediatric diagnostics, amplification and follow-up.There will be at least one day per week throughout the externship experience for clinic diagnostics and routine hearing aid patients with and exposure to clinic and practice management throughout the year. We take one extern for this track.


Our patients are divided evenly between adults and pediatrics. Though student externs will spend most of their time at an assigned location, they will have some opportunities to visit other locations so they can experience practicing at a variety of ENT office sizes. All but one of CEENTA’s locations have audiology programs.

Our preceptor team includes a core group of audiologists with their Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from ASHA. Of the audiologists on staff, two are master’s level, and the rest have their Doctors of Audiology (AuD) degree. Additionally, several are fellows of the American Academy of Audiology and several are Certificate Holders - Audiology Preceptors (CH-AP) through the American Board of Audiology. As an extern in this fellowship, students will work in a busy, fast-paced clinic that will prepare them to work as an audiologist anywhere. We have a very supportive staff, but at the same time, we encourage and expect our externs to become independent.

The CEENTA Audiology externship program provides compensation.


AUDIOLOGY FELLOWSHIP TIMELINE

  • May-September: accepting applications
  • September 30: applications due; letters of recommendation and transcripts on file by October 30
  • October through December: formal phone interviews are scheduled and completed
  • October through December: face-to-face interviews scheduled and completed
  • December and January: offers made
  • End of May or End of June: externship begins

The deadline for the 2019-2020 year has passed. Applications for the 2020-2021 year will be accepted after May 1, 2019. We plan to admit eight to eleven externs into the program. Links for interested students will be available in May 2019.

Externs will be asked to submit letters of intent and résumés. Transcripts, three letters of recommendation and any specific questions may be sent directly to Tracy Swanson, AuD, the clinic coordinator, at tswanson@ceenta.com.

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