Academy President Pat Feeney Speaks with the Texas Academy of Audiology
On November 14-15, 2008, American Academy of Audiology President Patrick Feeney, PhD, presented an update on the Academy's activities and progress at the Texas Academy of Audiology (TAA) meeting held in Richardson, Texas. Dr. Feeney reviewed the Academy's vision and mission statements, which underscored that much of the recent progress has been built on the solid foundation. He spoke about,
- The Academy's recent Future Leaders of Audiology Conference, where 16 audiologists from across the United States were invited to attend and participate in leadership, networking, and organizational issues.
- The ongoing successful merging of NAFDA with the Academy's Student Audiology Association (SAA). Details of the final SAA structure and protocols should be completed in the near future, perhaps before the end of 2008.
- The Academy's National Audiology Awareness Month has been combined with National Protect Your Hearing Month. October 2008 was the inauguration, and the new concept was well received nationally, with the consumer-based "Turn It To The Left" campaign.
Dr. Feeney also detailed the Academy's upcoming Gold Standards Summit, which will address educational issues, such as the status of the current clinical model – what’s working vs. what is not; effectiveness in clinical education – assessing competencies, not just hours; as well as efficiency in clinical education – a comparison with other professions; clinical education across unique programs – balancing consistency with flexibility; and preceptorship – alternative models for maximizing clinical learning. The Gold Standards Summit 2009 is focused on Transforming Clinical Education in Audiology and will be held January 12-14, 2009, at Disney's Coronado Resort in Orlando, FL.
He concluded his presentation by letting everyone know about the Academy's first day-long Audiology Research Conference (ARC), held the day before AudiologyNOW!® 2009, on April 1, in Dallas, TX. The theme of the ARC will be Otoacoustic Emissions: Improving Practice Through Science. Learn more about this new initiative.
Over the past year, the Academy has continued to introduce new and exciting professional and consumer-based campaigns and programs. Continue to visit the Academy's Web site to get the latest audiology information and learn more about the Academy's initiatives.
Douglas L. Beck, AuD, Board Certified in Audiology, is the Web content editor for the American Academy of Audiology.