The recipient of the 2018-19 Judith Gravel Fellowship in Pediatric Audiology is Hayley Schultz, a third-year doctoral student in audiology at Washington University in St Louis. The fellowship, sponsored by the Hear the World Foundation and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, provides a mentored experience in pediatric audiology practice honoring the legacy of the late Dr Gravel, an expert in the field of pediatric audiology, the Hear the World Foundation announced.
Schultz, originally from Powell, Ohio, completed her Bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders at The College of Wooster where she developed an interest in global audiology and participated in a hearing aid mission trip to the Philippines. Schultz was selected for participation in a federally funded grant that allowed her to complete additional pediatric coursework, clinical experiences with children, and the opportunity to create parent-focused learning modules.
Gaining insights through clinical practice
Excited to receive the Gravel fellowship, Schultz said, “It is an honor to be selected for such a prestigious fellowship that offers me the opportunity to be mentored by UNC’s exceptional pediatric audiologists. I was hoping to spend my fourth year at a nationally recognized hospital, and to do so in a fellowship named for Dr Judith Gravel is incredibly inspiring. I look forward to strengthening my foundational knowledge and clinical skills, so that I may follow Dr Gravel’s example and provide the best possible care to children with hearing loss and their families.”
Hayley will begin her fourth-year externship in May 2018 at UNC Hospitals where she will be the ninth Gravel Fellow. At UNC Hospitals she will gain extensive experience and mentoring in the diagnosis and management of infants and young children with hearing loss including many with complex needs.
About the Fellowship
The Judith Gravel Fellowship was created by the Hear the World Foundation and is hosted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), within the Department of Otolaryngology and is named for Dr Judith Gravel who passed away in 2008.
About the Hear the World Foundation
Founded in 2006 by Sonova, a provider of hearing solutions, the Hear the World Foundation supports people in need with hearing loss around the world and also promotes hearing loss prevention. The foundation focuses particularly on projects for children with hearing loss, enabling them to develop to their fullest potential. Since its establishment, the nonprofit Swiss foundation has supported over 90 projects around the world with funding, hearing aid technology, and expertise. More than 100 well-known and highly regarded actors, entertainers, and musicians including Bryan Adams, Cindy Crawford, Plácido Domingo, Annie Lennox, and Sting, support Hear the World as ambassadors for hearing.
Source: Hear the World Foundation
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