Discussion in 'Audiology [ Au.D ]' started by Dustbug10, May 29, 2012.

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  1. Dustbug10

    Dustbug10 Year IV Moderator Emeritus 2+ Year Member

    Feb 1, 2009
    Little Rock, AR
    Does anyone else feel a letter silly using this term? Or extern? I certainly get odd looks from others. I suppose the intent was to use different terminology from other fields, but I don't think the meaning of 'externship' really applies to our 4th year positions at all.

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  3. BigAl

    BigAl Year III... Still Lost 2+ Year Member

    Mar 6, 2008
    NJ via NYC
    For everyone's sake, including mine, I refer to it as a residency.
  4. TheRealEar


    Jan 27, 2012
    I also get odd looks so I try to avoid the word externship as much as possible. Hopefully this will be changed in the near future.
  5. Kitska

    Kitska 2+ Year Member

    Yes. Totally agree! How do you introduce yourself to patients when you are a 4th year? I say I'm an "audiology intern" and am reasonably happy with this, but would like ideas on a better term. To me, residency implies having the degree. I guess MD interns have the degree too, but it seems more junior than resident.
  6. DrumHead

    DrumHead 10 Sir Tim Penny 10+ Year Member

    Mar 28, 2001
    WA, USA
    This is a great question. When speaking with others in the profession, I usually use externship as that is the common term that everyone knows. However, when speaking with those outside the profession, I usually refer to it as the clinical residency or internship year .

    When speaking to patients I would usually try to avoid 'student' as much as possible. I don't want to mis-represent myself, but I also don't want them to think that I'm some noob undergrad. I would usually introduce myself as Chris and say I was a doctoral intern or resident. People are more familiar with this concept (and comfortable) than the idea of being seen by a 'student'. The doctoral part would usually make them feel more at ease.

    Again, don't mis-represent yourself, but give them the confidence to know that they're in good hands (even if they're not.;))
  7. Binanti


    Jun 20, 2012
    i think externship is the most important thing after the studying.

    It will clear your views and helpful for your future.

    good luck
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2012

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