The Ida Institute has introduced The Clinical Supervisor Kit, a new Ida tool designed to support clinicians who are training audiology students in patient-centered care and offer practical strategies for effective mentoring.

The three-module course gives clinicians an easily accessed overview of patient-centered tools and methodologies that reflect the teaching of current university programs.

A module on mentoring and evaluating student performance features practical guidelines on applying university teachings in a clinical setting. The module is also designed to enable students to build and strengthen their patient-centered skills.

“Clinical supervisors play an important role in helping audiology students develop the technical and the communication skills required to practice successfully in a patient-centered way,” says Ida Institute managing director Lise Lotte Bundesen. “In collaboration with an outstanding group of educators and clinicians from the Ida Network, we identified a need to provide support for clinicians new to the supervisory role, as well as those who simply wanted to remain up-to-date on students’ theoretical background in the areas of patient-centered care and counseling.”

The Clinical Supervisor Kit is based on input from leading educators and clinical supervisors from universities and public and private clinics around the world, as well as Ida Institute staff. Collaborators share their experiences and insights in video clips and commentary throughout the Clinical Supervisor Kit’s three modules.  

In the Patient-Centered Care module, audiologist Eileen Rall of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Salus University offers her perspective on the importance of ongoing training and support for clinical supervisors. A series of videos featuring Deborah Ferrari, professor of audiology at the College of Bauru, University of Sao Paulo, provide an overview of the fundamental principles of patient-centered care and its benefits to both clinician and patient. The module also includes a lecture by Lorraine Gailey, CEO Hearing Concern LINK, that explores common barriers to implementation of patient-centered care.

A module on How to Foster Patient-Centered Care presents practical tools that help foster patient-centered practices. Interview guides, patient motivation assessment materials, and a reflection tool support the development of self-analysis, self-evaluation, and problem-solving skills in new clinicians.

In Mentoring Students and Evaluating Performance, Professor Alice Holmes of the College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida, offers “golden rules” for mentoring and evaluating audiology students as they seek to apply patient-centered care principles in actual patient encounters. The module also includes a review of the Audiological Counseling Evaluation (ACE) tool that focuses on specific strategies for assessing a student’s skills when informing parents of a child’s significant hearing loss.

The Clinical Supervisor Kit is available for free at

SOURCE: The Ida Institute