Ryland Gallagher graduated from Illinois State University’s Doctor of Audiology (AuD) program and started his career as an audiologist at Northwest Speech & Hearing Center in Arlington Heights, Illinois. His responsibilities include amplification, tinnitus management, and vestibular assessments. He believes that everyone at ISU made his graduate school experience memorable. His student cohort developed close relationships as they completed the program together and the faculty helped them grow. The goal is to become prepared and competent clinicians and Ryland feels this was achieved.
ISU AuD students spend their last year in the program at a full-time residency placement. Ryland spent his fourth year at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. He applied for this residency because it offered a wide range of clinical opportunities and a chance to explore a new city. Ryland’s advice to current AuD graduate students is to branch out during your fourth year externship and remember, “Graduate school can be stressful, but keep the end goal in mind and you might surprise yourself with what you can do. Try to enjoy it and grow as a better clinician each day. Good luck to those at all levels of the program! Roll Birds!”