The significant changes in the American Board of Audiology (ABA) certification process are generating a number of questions from current and prospective certificants. The ABA board felt that it might be beneficial to Academy members, who may have similar questions, to offer more information on the topic.
Topic(s): American Board of Audiology (ABA), Education
As a new professional, I’ve had to learn how to become a clinical supervisor. While I learned the needed skills, I was fortunate to have very supportive, talented colleagues, as well as consistent contact from clinic coordinators at local universities.
It’s important that audiologists at all points in their career participate in the clinical supervision of AuD graduate students. New professional supervisors can offer a great deal to graduate students and their learning.
Here are some of the lessons that I’ve learned as I transitioned from student to supervisor.
Topic(s): Professional Development, Professional, Audiologist, American Board of Audiology (ABA)
February is the time of year when thoughts turn to love. Recently whilst perusing the candy and card aisles, the thought occurred to me that love comes in many forms. I love my job. I love helping patients. And I love helping students who will help patients in the future!
However, it is widely agreed in our profession that there is a lack of formalized preceptor training; leaving preceptors ill-prepared for this important role. This gap in training is the root cause of inconsistencies in the quality of education provided to students.
Topic(s): American Board of Audiology (ABA), Professional Development, Mentorship
Twenty years ago, a group of Academy members came together to develop a certification that would serve audiologists by verifying credentials in an independent process that offers an alternative to the American Speech–Language–Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence–Audiology. They developed a program of rigorous education and experience verification with strong continuing education requirements and called it Board Certified in Audiology, in recognition of the substantial requisites.
Topic(s): American Board of Audiology (ABA), Education, Professional Development, Professional
Audiologists have credentialing needs that are related to a variety of factors.
New graduates with little experience outside of their foundational training need a state license and a resume that reflects a readiness for professional practice. An independent verification of credentials by a third party, such as a professional organization, is helpful for new graduates as further validation of practice-readiness.
Topic(s): American Board of Audiology (ABA)