This year marked two momentous occasions for Pacific’s doctor of audiology (AuD) program. In April, the program was awarded the maximum possible accreditation status of 10 years by the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education. In May, the School celebrated the inaugural class of AuD graduates at the Graduation Banquet and at Commencement.

Annie Ha ’18, AuD, Eun “Rudi” Kim ’18, AuD and Hayley Shillington ’18, AuD shared what inspired them to become audiologists and how Pacific helped prepare them for their externship and beyond.

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What inspired you to pursue a career in audiology? 
Dr. Ha: “One of the reasons I chose to pursue audiology is the relationship an audiologist has with their patient. Prior to my acceptance to the audiology program, I worked at a private practice in San Francisco on the administrative side. The way a patient’s face lights up when their audiologist comes to greet them is something I have looked forward to since I started the program. Now that I have been at the Hearing and Speech Center of Northern California for almost a year, I have had the pleasure of seeing my very own patients’ faces light up when I come to greet them.”

How did Pacific’s AuD program help prepare you for your externship?
Dr. Ha: “Pacific’s AuD program started us in the clinic the second week of school and has heavily focused on clinical skills and experience. I am an introvert and this early exposure helped me step out of my shell and shaped me into the fearless clinician I am today.”

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What inspired you to pursue a career in audiology? 
Dr.  Kim: “Nothing makes me happier than when my patients share with me how hearing better again has helped their relationships, quality of life and overall confidence. I am beyond grateful to be in such a rewarding profession.”

How did Pacific’s AuD program help prepare you for your externship?
Dr. Kim: “When I first started my externship, I had to adapt to an extremely busy clinic and it was challenging. However, it taught me to be a punctual and precise clinician without sacrificing quality of care. When I was still a student intern at the Pacific Hearing and Balance Center in San Francisco, I felt insecure about my technical skills and speed. Dr. Shu-En Lim, the clinical director, told me, ‘Speed and accuracy will come in time.’ What seemed like an unattainable goal at the time, became a reality.”

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What inspired you to pursue a career in audiology? 
Dr. Shillington: “It’s so rewarding to provide patients with the gift of improved hearing, either through the use of hearing aids or cochlear implants.”

How did Pacific’s AuD program help prepare you for your externship?
Dr. Shillington: “Pacific’s rigorous accelerated program greatly prepared me for my time at University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center. Our extensive clinical practicums challenged us from day one and our clinical instructors encouraged us to strive for excellence as providers. Everything we learned was evidence-based and clinically applicable. The opportunity to work in a wide variety of internship placements throughout the San Francisco Bay Area gave us invaluable clinical experience.”


By Anne Marie H. Bergthold
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