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We are seeking a Registered Dental Hygienist who will serve as a study clinician in a statewide Silver Diamine Fluoride Project at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. The goal of the project is to aid in improving the oral health of preschool aged children in the State of Michigan and throughout the United States.
The position will include extensive work with the State of Michigan Oral Health Department and Michigan Head Start programs. This will include research and dental hygiene responsibilities.
The study clinician will work in a collegial fashion with the principal investigator, research coordinators, administrators and collaborators on a large, multi-site NIH-funded dental study. Responsibilities will include: obtaining informed consent; collect patient data for the clinical research project; participate in screening and recruitment of subjects; and consult with the research coordinator on relevant regulatory issues, using knowledge of federal, state and other laws/policies/procedures.
Administrative & Research Responsibilities
The selected candidate will have the following responsibilities:
• Serve as a licensed dental hygienist by performing clinical study visits from screening through final study visit, including applying drug/placebo.
• Assist with the recruitment and retention of subjects via courteous communication, scheduling of procedures and collection of data.
• Identify preschool aged community programs for study engagement/recruitment.
• Maintain accurate research records and transcribe collected data onto source documents and electronic case report forms.
• Assist with identification and documentation of adverse events according to standard operating procedures and protocol requirements.
• Assist with writing, editing, and renewing Institutional Review Board applications.
• Assist with development of center and patient-facing recruitment materials.
• Assist with tracking study equipment maintenance and repair needs such as dental examination lights, pediatric chairs, stools and air compressors.
• Assist with ordering and monitoring supply inventory, such as fluoride varnish, toothbrushes, toothpaste, gloves, disposable mirrors, gowns, masks, disinfectant materials, gauze and goggles.
• Aid in organization of off-site clinical calibration events, including consenting, scheduling, data entry, ICDAS recording, infection control procedures, etc. Overnight travel will be required.
• Attend study-wide coordinator calls and site-specific meetings.
• Aid in creation of monthly study newsletters for circulation to study sites.
Dental Hygiene Responsibilities
There is potential the selected candidate will:
• Perform patient screening procedures; such as assessment of oral health conditions, review of the health history, head and neck inspection, dental charting.
• Apply study drug/placebo in compliance with FDA-regulated study protocol.
• OSHA compliant.
• Take and processes dental radiographs (x-rays).
• Apply preventive materials to the teeth (e.g., fluorides).
• Advise and instruct patients on proper dental care and diet for good dental health.
• Have previous experience working in a community health and/or pediatric dental setting.
50 – 80% travel will be required. Travel to and from Head Start and pre-school aged programs is expected to occur 2 – 4 times weekly. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed and are not an exhaustive list of all associated responsibilities.
• Bachelor’s degree in a science or health related field or equivalent
• Active dental hygiene license within the State of Michigan
• Excellent communication, public speaking and organizational skills
• Very detailed and task oriented
• Demonstrated ability and experience with Microsoft Excel, Access and Word
• Demonstrated problem solving and conflict resolution skills
• Experience (1+ years) supporting clinical research studies
• Experience (2+ years) supporting statewide oral health projects and initiatives (i.e., SEAL! Michigan)
• Experience as a calibrated dental research examiner
• Demonstrated knowledge of dental and research terminology and familiarity in oral health diseases and their pathway
• Ability to work with project team members (investigators, study staff, statisticians, data coordinators, faculty) to determine best approach for project design and processes
• Experience with electronic dental software systems
This is a 1 year term limited position with the possibilitiy of renewal for up to 3 years.
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