Headquarter's Report: Today’s Au.D. Students Building Bright Future for Audiology

Author: Stephanie Czuhajewski, ADA Executive Director

If the future of audiology hinges on the passion, professionalism and perseverance of today’s Au.D. students, then the future will be bright indeed! Over the past two months, it has been my distinct pleasure to assist ADA student members in establishing a Student Initiatives Committee. The committee, chaired by Katie Mennenga, B.A., is charged with developing ADA’s Student Virtual Chapter, coordinating student educational programming, and identifying and implementing resources that will help prepare today’s students to achieve ownership positions within the profession of audiology in the future. After a thoughtful dialogue and some additional research, the ADA Student Initiatives Committee has already identified five areas of focus:
  • Fostering Meaningful Mentoring Opportunities
  • Coordinating Innovative Research Opportunities
  • Understanding Certification and State Licensure Requirements
  • Growing the Number of Extern Experiences in Private Practice Settings
  • Developing Resources Related to Private Practice Management
During ADA’s 3rd Annual Student Reception at AudiologyNOW!, we will share specific information about these objectives and get feedback and input from students en masse. We invite all student, associate and fellow members to join us for this important event!

According to ADA’s 2011 Future Doctors of Audiology Survey, 95 percent of respondents believe that the business training provided by their universities is insufficient, only 70 percent of respondents have completed a clinical rotation in a private practice, while 90 percent of respondents believe that autonomous practice models will help ensure the future of the profession of audiology. ADA student membership has grown from 50 to approximately 240 student members over the past two years—a clear indication that student interest in private practice is growing. Student members are engaged on a number of ADA standing committees in addition to the Student Initiatives Committee, and ADA remains committed to providing students with meaningful resources to help them become fully prepared for the world of autonomous practice upon graduation.

Oticon’s generous commitment to underwrite ADA student memberships ensures that students interested in private practice have an opportunity to participate fully in ADA–the only national membership association dedicated to autonomous practice and to providing tools and resources specifically for private practitioners. Please share your experience and expertise with an Au.D. student! ADA is seeking mentors for both the long-term and convention mentoring programs. Please contact me at sczuhajewski@audiologist.org or 866-493-5544 or Dr. Kim Cavitt at kim.cavitt@audiologyresources.com, to find out how you can make a difference as an ADA mentor!