General Dentist

Springfield, MA

General Description:

Provides and oversees direct dental diagnosis, treatment, procedures, and care for a specified patient population.

Reports to:Dental Director

Supervises: Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, and Externs.


Minimum Requirements:

  1. Doctorate degree in Dental Surgery or Dental Medicine; at least one (1) year of directly related experience which may include completion of an accredited general practice residency program.
  2. Experienced with or having a strong interest in addressing the health care needs of low income, special needs or disadvantaged populations.
  3. Committed to community empowerment; sensitive to and respectful of cultural differences of the patient population.
  4. Able to work with a multi-disciplinary team.

Principle Responsibilities and Duties:

  1. Provide and manage direct patient care, including examinations, evaluations, assessments, diagnoses and treatment for a specified patient population.
  2. Prescribe pharmaceuticals, other medications, and treatment regimens as appropriate to assessed medical conditions.
  3. Refer patients to specialists and to relevant patient care components as appropriate.
  4. Direct and coordinate the patient care activities of dental technical and support staff as required.
  5. Follow established departmental policies, procedures, and objectives, continuous quality improvement objectives, and safety, environmental, and/or infection control standards.
  6. As appropriate to the position, participates in specified health promotion, education and/or prevention programs.
  7. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:

  1. Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
  2. Ability to maintain quality, safety, and/or infection control standards.
  3. Ability to work both independently and in a team environment.
  4. Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  5. Knowledge of related accreditation and certification requirements.
  6. Knowledge of community medical diagnostic and patient care services in area of medical expertise.
  7. Knowledge of current principles, methods and procedures for the delivery of medical evaluation, diagnosis and treatment in area of expertise.
  8. Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  9. Knowledge of legal and ethical standards for the delivery of dental surgical care.
  10. Ability to observe, assess, and record symptoms, reactions, and progress.
  11. Knowledge of relevant drugs and non-pharmaceutical patient care aids and ability to prescribe dosages and instruct patients in correct usage.

Working Conditions:

  1. This position may require the ability to work long and arduous hours.
  2. Work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require   following extensive safety precautions and may include the use of protective equipment.
  3. Will work with blood or blood-borne pathogens.
  4. This position requires the ability to use a computer workstation, viewing a CRT.

JOB CODE: 000-0014