Under general supervision, the Audiologistdelivers audiology services through evaluation of patients with disorders of articulation, voice, fluency, language, swallowing and cognition; identify and evaluate hearing impairment, recommend hearing aids, provide aural rehabilitation, needs, goal determination, and development of treatment plans according to the principles and practices of audiology.
***Master's degree in Speech Pathology, Audiology or a related field and current licensure as a Speech Language Pathologist and/or Audiologist with the State of Maryland is REQUIRED. ***
This is a 0.8 FTE Part Time position
Principal Responsibilities and Tasks
The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. These are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by personnel so classified.
1. Provides direct audiology services to patients in accordance with generally accepted speech language pathology and audiology standards, State of Maryland Speech/Language Hearing Association and departmental procedures, as follows:
A. Screens patients to assess need for complete evaluation and/or therapy in such areas as, speech, language, swallowing, related cognition, voice, fluency and hearing.
B. Evaluates assigned clients/patients and determines causal factors for speech, language and hearing impairments, gathers data related to patient's communication disorder; selects appropriate evaluation tool(s) for the purpose of assessment.
C. Administers diagnostic testing procedures for hearing, language and/or speech to determine the extent of client's/patient's impairment and the prognosis for improvement.
D. Informs patient, families, medical and rehabilitation staff of evaluation results and plan for treatment, refers for further evaluation by social work, dietary, radiology and Ear and Nose & Throat (ENT), as appropriately.
E. Develops individualized treatment programs for clients/patients diagnosed as needing speech, language or hearing interventions. Develops and maintains long and short term treatment objectives for each client/patient. Re-evaluates and modifies treatment programs as warranted.
F. Plans and provides therapy to individuals and groups as well as provides education and counseling to treat the following disorders; apraxia, dysarthria, aphasia, dysphasia, cognitive/linguistic deficits, voice disorders, fluency disorders, acquired dyslexia and dysgraphia, deficits in visual scanning and perception during reading.
2. Records patient evaluations, re-evaluations and services provided in the patient's medical record in accordance with departmental documentation standards.
A. Prepares written documentation as required by the profession and the department, such as patient evaluation results, treatment plans, progress reports, discharge summaries, and other such reports.
B. Maintains accurate records of diagnostic and reports of hearing, language, speech, therapy results, prognosis and therapy hours. Records patient charges and procedures performed, daily.
C. Writes appropriate and accurate evaluations, discharge summaries, daily chart notes and therapy plans for the purpose of providing team members and medical staff with accurate accounts of the patient's status.
D. Collaborates with other medical personnel to initiate and execute educational and clinical treatment objectives, plans and procedures. Communicates with team members to coordinate and schedule therapy for patients.
E. Participates in family education programs and provides family training and guidance as necessary.
3. Assists the department leadership in the development of research studies through literature review, collection of data, and preliminary analysis in accordance with departmental procedures.
4. Assists in the care and maintenance of department equipment and supplies. Assists in the selection of diagnostic and treatment supplies, materials and equipment; participates in decisions regarding purchase of equipment, recommending types of equipment needed. Participates in equipment upkeep; recommends repair and replacement as necessary.
5. Demonstrates knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the patient population, served on the assigned unit.
6. Participates in quality assurance activities, suggests areas for improvement to colleagues in a tactful and considerate manner. Suggests quality assurance topics and alternative treatment techniques to improve speech language pathology and/or audiology services.
7. Participates in staff meetings to discuss and evaluate speech and hearing therapy plans for patients and/or clients.
A. Presents in-service programs to nursing and clinical care staff as requested or as need arises. Instructs and supervises student interns.
B. Recommends and develops new services and programs. Performs statistical and clinical research programs and projects as directed.
C. Attends and participates in interdisciplinary team meetings in order to discuss issues of patient care, status and discharge planning.
8. Develops relationships with community agencies, groups and professional affiliations for client/family referral.
As a UM CMG employee and a part of the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), you will enjoy a comprehensive benefits program designed with you and your dependents in mind. Subject to any eligibility waiting period, all of the benefits are available to regular full-time employees and most benefits are available to regular part-time employees who are regularly scheduled to work twenty (20) or more hours per week. Many benefits are provided at no cost to employees. For others, the cost is shared between UM CMG and employees.
What You Need to Be Successful:
Master's degree in Speech Pathology, Audiology or a related field, is required.
Current licensure as a Speech Language Pathologist and/or Audiologist with the State of Maryland is required.
Current CPR certification is preferred.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of speech/hearing mechanisms, assessment and therapeutic materials, neuroanatomy, physiology, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, speech and language disorders, guiding and diagnosing video swallow studies, diagnostic and therapy materials needed for evaluation
Ability to demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the patient populations(s) served. Ability to demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and ability to assess data reflective of the patient's requirements relative to his or her population-specific and age specific needs.
Ensures patient safety in the performance of job functions and through participation in facility or department patient safety initiatives.
1. Takes action to correct observed risks to patient safety.
2. Reports adverse events and near misses to appropriate management authority.
3. Identifies possible risks in processes, procedures, devices and communicates the same to those in charge.