Provides and oversees direct dental diagnosis, treatment, procedures, and care for patients under 18 years of age.
Reports to: Dental Director
Supervises: Dental Hygienist, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, and Externs
- Doctorate degree in Dental Surgery or Dental Medicine; at least one year of directly related experience which may include completion of an accredited general practice residency program.
- Postgraduate training or residency program certification in Pediatric Dentistry (2-4 years).
- Full Dental License in Massachusetts.
- Individual Permit C (Nitrous Oxide)
- Experienced with or having a strong interest in addressing the health care needs of low income, special needs, or disadvantaged populations.
- Committed to community empowerment; sensitive to and respectful of cultural differences of the patient population.
- Able to work with a multidisciplinary team.
- Provide and manage direct pediatric care, including examinations, evaluations, assessments diagnoses, and treatment for a specific patient population.
- Manage behavioral issues in pediatric patients.
- Prescribe pharmaceuticals, other medications, and treatment regimens as appropriate to assessed medical conditions.
- Refer patients to specialists and to relevant patient care components as appropriate.
- Direct and coordinate the patient care activities of dental technical and support staff as required.
- Follow established departmental policies, procedures, objectives, continuous quality improvement objectives, safety, environmental, and/or infection control standards.
- As appropriate to the position, participates in specified health promotion, education and/or prevention programs.
- Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required
- Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
- Ability to maintain quality, safety, and/or infection control standards.
- Ability to work both independently and in a team environment.
- Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
- Knowledge of related accreditation and certification requirements.
- Knowledge of community medical diagnostic and patient care services in the area of medical expertise.
- Knowledge of current principles, methods and procedures for the delivery of medical evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment in the area of expertise.
- Effective verbal and written communication skills.
- Knowledge of legal and ethical standards for the delivery of dental surgical care.
- Ability to observe, assess, record symptoms, reactions, and progress.
- Knowledge of relevant drugs and non-pharmaceutical patient care aids and ability to prescribe dosages and instruct patients in correct usage.
- This position may require the ability to work long and arduous hours.
- Work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require following extensive safety precautions and may include the use of protective equipment.
- Will work with blood and bloodborne and airborne pathogens.
- This position requires the ability to use a computer workstation, viewing a CRT.
This position requires compliance with Caring Health Center’s compliance standards, including its Standards of Conduct, Compliance Program, and policies and procedures. Such compliance will be an element considered as part of the regular performance evaluation.