Virginia Ramachandran, AuD, PhD
Senior Staff Audiologist and Research Coordinator, Division of Audiology, Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI
Clinical Education Coordinator and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
BSW: Social Work, Wayne State University, 1999
MSW: Social Work, Wayne State University, 2000
AuD: Audiology, Wayne State University, 2008
PhD: Communication Sciences & Disorders, Wayne State University, 2012
Exciting opportunities for advancement of our profession abound—there has never been a better time to be an audiologist. That said, like all professions, we desire to continually improve our circumstances—both for the consumers we serve and for ourselves.
Quality of professional education is paramount to our continued success. In this rapidly-evolving health-care environment, our educational preparation will determine our ultimate role. I am interested in advocating for improvement in the quality and consistency of audiology programs through:
- Independent accreditation of, by, and for audiologists via the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education.
- Establishment of an outcome-oriented and evidence-based approach to clinical education.
- Training and meaningful credentials for clinical educators.
Furthermore, the ability to provide quality services to our consumers depends on reimbursement that promotes financial health of our practices. Advocacy for reimbursement must be consistent with our goals for autonomy, while also being pragmatic. Third-party reimbursement through the Medicare system for our entire scope of practice will only benefit us if such reimbursement is appropriate for the services provided. My goal will be to strive for consensus for our vision for reimbursement, and consolidation of our varied organizational efforts to develop and implement advocacy strategies to achieve these goals.
Areas of Special Interest
- Clinical education
- Professional credentialing
- Effective communication in the healthcare environment
Attendee, Jerger Future Leaders in Audiology Conference, 2014
Michigan Academy of Audiology, Treasurer, 2009–2010; President, 2012; Michigan Audiology Coalition, Conference Planning Committee, 2009–2011; American Academy of Audiology, Education Committee, 2010–2013; Nominations Committee, 2012; Coding and Reimbursement Committee, 2012–Present; Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education, Board of Directors, 2012–Present.