As the region's only Level I Trauma center, Harborview Medical Center (HMC) is well known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD CARER, and mentally-and medically-vulnerable populations. In addition to the centers of emphasis, HMC serves a mission population for King County. Harborview employees are committed to the vital role the institution plays in the immediate community, as well as the entire Northwest region. HMC is owned by King County and managed by the University of Washington (UW) and serves as a training site for UW’s School of Medicine. The UW is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.
The Oral Maxillofacial Department is looking for a full-time, day shift, HOSPITAL DENTISTRY ASSISTANT SPECIALIST to work in our Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department. Under general supervision, the person in this role will assist the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Attendings, resident physicians and nursing staff by performing delegated tasks that involve direct patient care; technical procedures or monitoring that may be invasive and require skills validations; transportation of patients, supplies and specimens; ordering and stocking of supplies; and maintenance of special equipment, including sterile equipment and set-ups.
This is a fixed-duration appointment anticipated to last for about 6 months.
Ensure exam rooms are stocked, clean and ready for patients
Order, stock, maintain and use supplies and equipment in a cost-effective manner
Clean, sterilize and package instruments according to clinic procedures
Monitor patient flow and assist in the management of multiple operatories simultaneously; verify the presence of the patient’s medical records, x-rays, and lab test results, as needed, prior to scheduled appointments.
Assist provider by facilitating use of technology, including EMR (electronic medical records) and PACS (electronic imaging)
Coordinate communication flow in the clinic, including answering and directing telephone inquiries to the appropriate individual.
Provide basic telephone screening per clinic protocols and recognize emergent/urgent problems and direct to the nurse or Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery attending or resident physician
Coordinate clerical patient care activities and/or specialized technical duties unique to the assigned clinic by assisting in scheduling patients, triaging patients in clinic, ensuring accurate and expedited patient check-in and discharge, obtaining consents for care and referral information
Take initiative to maintain patient flow for assigned providers/team
Transport patients and lab specimens
Complete billing documents as appropriate
Schedule appointments for patients
Perform delegated patient care activities/education in accordance with established standards of practice
Make impressions, pour and trim study models as needed
Take, and file radiographs, cephalograms and panorex films on all new patients and others as directed
Assist with Oral Surgery Clinic surgeries/procedures
REQUIREMENTS: Current certification as a dental assistant (CDA) or the ability to obtain same within six months; AND three years of experience as a dental assistant in a general practice setting and one year of experience in specialty practice (such as endodontics, periodontics, oral surgery, orthodontics, or hospital dentistry), OR equivalent education/experience.
LEGAL REQUIREMENT Registration with the State of Washington as a Dental Assistant.
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergraduate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.