My first few weeks as a Doctor of Audiology….
My first few weeks on staff have been exciting, as well as challenging. Each member of the Cardinal Hearing Centers and Family Hearing and Balance Center staff have been very welcoming, knowledgeable, and eager to answer any questions that I bring up. Although I am confident in my current audiology skill set, which I know will continue to grow and develop during my time here, the transition to new systems, equipment, office procedures/protocols, and documentation has been quite a challenge. Each day I try to solidify a new concept of “who” should be completing a given step, “what” should be done to complete it the correct way, “when” it should be completed, “where” the appropriate documentation should go, and “why” we do the things that we do.
Well, the answer to the “why” is easy… for the patients! One thing that has been very apparent during my first few weeks here is the practice’s dedication to the patients. From the moment they walk in the door, they are greeted by a familiar face with a smile, and frequently addressed by their name. I imagine that they feel very welcome and comfortable in our office, and know that we care about their individual hearing health care. The patients have also been very kind and understanding towards me when I excuse myself to ask questions or find necessary equipment.
Overall, my first few weeks have been a wonderful transition from AuD student to Doctor of Audiology. I feel very fortunate to be part of such a wonderful practice, and will continue to learn and strive to make a positive addition to the staff!