Name: JinHyung Park
University: University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Year in Program: Third Year
Committee: Education Committee
Why did you decide to become an SAA committee volunteer?
When I started my audiology journey as a Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) student, various undergraduate resources from SAA became valuable tools to navigate through the graduate school application processes. Then, once I entered my AuD Program, SAA became an excellent place for me to network with other students and professionals who showed different perspectives in audiology. I appreciated these social and networking events because these interactions taught me valuable lessons that are not easily attained from the traditional classroom lectures. Therefore when I heard about the committee volunteer position, I decided to volunteer to help and give back to SAA so we can keep this going.
What are you most excited about contributing to your committee?
I’m serving as a member of the Research Subcommittee of the Education Committee. We have been working on updating the AuD/PhD information to reflect experiences from current (and recently graduated) AuD/PhD students, as well as to reorganize some of the previously posted AuD/PhD related content to make them more accessible to future students. I am excited that these materials may better help navigate prospective students into the research side of audiology.
Within the field of audiology, what are your primary interests?
Implantable technologies were my biggest interest coming into the field, but the issue of accessibility for hearing healthcare and delivery model has caught my attention ever since the discussion of over-the-counter hearing aids by NASEM and FDA began in 2017.
Fun fact about yourself?
“I want to ride my BICYCLE! BICYCLE!….”
I bet you just heard this song in your head by reading the sentence above. By the way, I really do like to ride my single speed bicycle whenever I get a chance.
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