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Professional Development

Professional Development

Announcing Future Hub Presenter Meg Soper

Explore the topic of mindfulness and how important it is to take time for ourselves each day so that we find balance and thus can find the energy and inspiration to perform to the best of our abilities. 

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President’s Message: Get Involved

President’s Message: Get Involved

Message from the President: Lisa Christensen, AuD | September 2019

As summer winds down, people return to school, and we all resume our regular duties, what better time than to think about how you can be more involved in the Academy’s activities. I want to fill you in on a few ways that you can be involved.

Submit Nominations for the Board of Directors—Due September 20

I can tell you first-hand how rewarding it is to serve on the Academy board. We are seeking candidates to fill one president-elect position and three board member-at-large positions.

I am the chair of the Nominations Committee, and I ask you to send in a nomination for a colleague or yourself. It is simple—review the steps on our website here

Our volunteers are critical to advancing our initiatives, and we are delighted that many members will assume new volunteer positions on October 1, including leadership roles on the board, councils, and committees. The volunteer portal re-opens next spring, but at any time you can sign up for the volunteer reserve to fill spots as they become available. 

Support the Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act of 2019

We urge you to send letters to your representatives and senators to encourage their support of the bill. Check out our legislative action center for sample letters, and sign up for the Grassroots Network to be more engaged.

Promote Balance Awareness Week…September 15-21

The Academy is pleased to have worked with VeDA (the Vestibular Disorders Association) to collaborate on a poster, infographics and Ask the Expert articles. Resources are available here on the Academy’s website for your use. Please spread the word!

Share Your Knowledge, Research, and Expertise at AAA 2020 + HearTECH Expo in New Orleans

Submit your abstract proposal by October 1. Visit www.AAAConference.org for more information.

Get Ready…It Is Coming Up Soon; National Audiology Awareness Month starts October 1

Download resources, fact sheets, posters, and other materials to help promote and celebrate this month. 

Join Me for the President’s Year in Review: Looking Back and Looking Forward for Audiology

As I wrap up my term as president at the end of this month, I will offer a retrospective in a eAudiology webinar on September 25 (.1 CEUs). 

Are you confused and worried about the state of our profession and our Academy? This presentation will help YOU identify key issues facing the field of audiology and then give YOU some tools to help YOU start to influence OUR profession.

Thank You 

And, lastly, a huge thank you to Jackie Clark as she moves out of the immediate past president position, but also to Tracy Murphy, Chris Zalewski, and Bopanna Ballachanda who move out of their member-at-large positions. I will truly miss working with all of you over the next year, and a big thank you to all Academy members who have made this a very enjoyable year for me. Thank you, and I look forward to seeing all of you on the September webinar.
 

Lisa Christensen, AuD
(Twitter handle: @AuDLeadership)

Innovative Strategies for Hiring: Become an Employer of Choice

Identifying and procuring top talent to support your practice may seem secondary to patient care or other day-to-day operational needs, but employee recruitment is a key element to effectively serving patients, constructing a successful practice, and ultimately, leaving a remarkable professional legacy.

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ABA SOUNDING BOARD | The Skinny on the Tier 1 Continuing Education Requirement for ABA Certification

Tier 1 continuing education units (CEUs) were conceived to be one of the rigorous requirements of American Board of Audiology (ABA) certification programs. ABA Certification awardees were required to earn 15 hours of Tier 1 CE credits per three-year certification cycle. The original requirements for Tier 1 offerings called for three-hour, in-depth classes with interactive learning opportunities. 

Topic(s): American Board of Audiology (ABA), Certification, Professional Development, Education

AAA 2020 + HearTECH Expo Call for Abstracts Now Open

The Academy is looking for innovative, fresh, cutting-edge ideas, research, case studies, and best practices that will motivate participants beyond the conference. 

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SAA SPOTLIGHT | Say the Word “Survey”: Inspiring Data-Driven Change for Audiology Externships

Since the creation of the AuD, many conversations have taken place to evaluate audiology education and the externship, but few of those have included large perspectives from significant stakeholders—students and recent graduates. To address this, the Student Academy of Audiology Education and Externship Survey was disseminated in September 2018 to current graduate students, externs, and new professionals to further investigate areas of strengths and weaknesses in the current education model and the externship process. 

Topic(s): SAA - Student Academy of Audiology, Students, Professional, Professional Development

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KNOW HOW | Lessons for a New Professional Becoming a Clinical Supervisor

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)

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2019

Meeting Your Employment Needs

Not only does the Academy help you with knowledge progression and protection of audiology issues on Capitol Hill, your professional society also offers you help with employment enhancement, from resume review to jobs listings to human resource assistance.

Resume Review

Your resume can be an entré to an exciting opportunity or a roadblock in your career. Luckily for you, the Academy offers a Resume Review Service that offers constructive advice from peers.

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ABA SOUNDING BOARD | I Love My CH-AP!

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

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today January/February 2018

Audiology Ranked as 14th Best Career (Out of 200 Jobs)

We all know that working as an audiologist is rewarding and awesome, but now everyone else does too! CareerCast.com, a website for career seekers and employers, ranked audiologist as the 14th best job out of 200 jobs. CareerCast reports a median salary of $75,920 with a good work environment (68/200), very low stress (4/200), and projected growth of the profession (29/200).

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