Review of Student Events at AudiologyNOW! 2017
Hopefully by now you have had time to fully recover from the excitement of AudiologyNOW! 2017. The Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) Programs Subcommittee wants to thank everyone who attended student events. From intimate sessions with leaders in the field at Hot Topics, Cold Drinks, to informative lectures by the experts, student events at AudiologyNOW! 2017 gave students the fuel to their audiology fire for the coming year until we meet again in Nashville in 2018.
Let’s take a look at the numbers. Student attendance at the conference totaled at 937 student attendees, comprised of graduate students 1st - 4th year and undergraduate students. With 15 student events or activities at the conference plus hundreds of other conference events for all attendees, students had a multitude of events to choose from at any given time during the three days. To kick off the conference, students met up with old friends and networked with their audiology peers at the SAA Mix & Mingle. A student attendee’s journey may also have started at SAA Central, where students were able to grab question sheets for the Exhibit Hall Scavenger Hunt, vote for the SAA T-shirt contest, and pick up the SAA Passport. These events allowed for some friendly competition between students and between SAA chapters. With many great submissions, the SAA T-shirt contest presented some tough competition. Ultimately, the University of Pittsburgh’s design was the victor. Congratulations!
Students who wanted to meet leaders in the profession attended Hot Topics, Cold Drinks events and were greeted by engaging speakers who answered questions about student loan debt, how to find a job after graduation, and learned about personal amplification devices. Brand new this year, students attended two hands-on sessions designed with the student in mind. At these sessions, experts on Vestibular Bedside Tests and Ida Institute Tools led attendees in activities and training so they could hone their skills. Various paneled events allowed students to talk with a range of professionals simultaneously, getting answers to their questions from multiple perspectives. Students sought answers for “What Kind of AuD Do I Want to Be?”, learned about Special Olympics Healthy Hearing, and asked their most burning questions about the externship during the Externship Panel.
If you want a photographic recap of the events or couldn’t attend the conference and want to see what you missed, you can visit the SAA Facebook page to see all of the photos.
Next year, we will feature some of our favorite annual events, incorporate new topics, and introduce new events. Don’t miss out on the excitement at AAA 2018 (formerly AudiologyNOW!) in Nashville, TN, April 18-21.
Hot Topics, Cold Drinks on Student Loan Debt with Dr. Barry Freeman
SAA Mix & Mingle
Practicing Vestibular Bedside Tests, led by Dr. Patricia Gaffney
Emily Jo Venskytis, AuD is a recent graduate from Arizona State University, class of 2017. She currently serves on the National Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) Board of Directors as Secretary and chair of the SAA Programs Subcommittee. Emily is passionate about pediatric audiology and will be working as an audiologist at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC