Bay Pines VA Healthcare System

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Audiology and Speech Pathology Training Program

“A Commitment to Excellence”

The Audiology and Speech Pathology Service at Bay Pines is one of the largest ASP Services in the VA system and supports the largest traineeship program in the VA.  We have over a 30-year history of training students from affiliated university programs with as many as 20 doctoral degree students rotating through our program for as brief as 3 months to as long as 3 years. Currently, we are funded to support three Au.D. 4th year externs; three Au.D. 3rd year trainee rotations, three Speech Pathology Master trainee rotations, one Speech Pathology clinical fellow, and three Audiology Pre-Doctoral Fellows. In addition, we provide clinical experience for Occupational Medicine Residents.

Our academic affiliations include agreements with University of South Florida, University of Florida, Nova Southeastern University, Vanderbilt, University of Texas at Dallas, Florida State University, University of Georgia, Salus University, and Valdosta State University.

The Audiology and Speech Pathology Section Chiefs are responsible for the supervision and maintenance of their respective academic programs and represent the service for education concerns, affiliations, traineeship applications, office of education, and recruitment of trainees. Staff preceptors either have a doctorate degree or masters degree (Speech Pathology only), current state license, certificates of clinical competence and/or board certification. Speech Pathology Section trainee applications should be directed to the Lead Speech Pathologist.

Program Objectives    

  • Understand and implement the VA mission to honor veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well being
  • To enhance the core values of each trainee: trust, respect, excellence, compassion, and commitment
  • To enhance competency, confidence, judgment, understanding of hospital setting, and team effort
  • To enhance ability to evaluate and integrate scientific research into clinical practice
  • Nurture research and continuing education
  • Encourage VA career and leadership development

Summary

The Bay Pines Audiology and Speech Pathology Service is committed to providing an excellent educational opportunity for doctoral students in Audiology and masters students in Speech Pathology. The program undergoes continuous review to benchmark and improve effectiveness in education and patient care services. This includes following the Clinical Education Guideline for Audiology Externships as directed by the Office of Academic Affiliations Central Office.

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