The 2016 AuD Education Summit was held at the ASHA National Office on October 27–28, 2016. The purpose of the Summit was to discuss the challenges associated with the current model of clinical education, learn about alternative models from other doctoral professions, and identify strategies for improvement. Representatives from all AuD programs, as well as representatives from audiology professional associations and credentialing bodies participated.
In August 2019, the ASHA Board of Directors accepted the AuD Education Summit Task Force Report [PDF], prepared by the task force members, that describes working group recommendations for moving forward.
In January 2017, the ASHA Board of Directors approved the Executive Summary [PDF] prepared by the Ad Hoc Committee on the 2016 AuD Education Summit.
In March 2017, the ASHA BOD approved a resolution to establish a task force of audiology organizations that will be charged with developing an action plan by December 31, 2018, to achieve the following priority goals identified at the Summit:
Members of the task force will be appointed by their individual entities which will comprise:
Fred Bess, PhD
Director, National Center for Childhood Deafness and Family Communication Professor of Audiology, Vanderbilt University
William Boissonnault, PT, DPT, DHSc, FAAOMPT, FAPTA
Executive Vice President, Professional Affairs, American Physical Therapy Association
Donald Brady, MD
Director and Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Continuing Professional Development, Vanderbilt University
Susan C. Oleszewski, OD, MA, FAAO
Vice-President for Institutional Advancement and Community Relations, Pennsylvania College of Optometry
To allow for greater inclusion, the Thursday, October 27, session of the Summit was also available via webcast. Fifty eight individuals registered for the webcast, including 16 groups, for an approximate total of 153 observers.