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The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) has an outstanding opportunity for a Dental Assistant 2.
Department Overview: The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) at the UW School of Dentistry specializes in the diagnosis, surgical treatment, and management of diseases associated with the face and jaws such as trauma, infections, disorders, and cancer associated with the face and neck. Our clinics work closely with residents acquiring their OMS certification and the school’s General Practice Program, giving students unique learning experiences like extractions, implant placements, and dental anesthesia and sedation in a clinic setting. Our core values include compassion and respect for our patients, high moral and ethical standards, and a commitment to evidence-based and technically excellent clinical practices.
Position Overview: The Dental Assistant 2 (DA2) performs delegated tasks under the direct supervision of the Hospital Dental Assistant lead. These tasks include direct patient care, technical procedures, and the preparation and monitoring of patients undergoing surgery and dental procedures in ambulatory, recovery, and clinical care settings at our Sand Point clinic – the Northwest Center for Oral and Facial Care OMFS Faculty-Resident Clinic. Normal job duties will include setting up and preparing for IV sedation and general anesthesia patients, including their operatory and drug preparation, sterilization, and turning over rooms. The DA2 role provides dental assistance to both oral and maxillofacial residents and oral and maxillofacial surgery assistance to faculty and affiliated surgeons.
Duties and Responsibilities: The Dental Assistant 2 (DA2) provides patient care assistance in many different areas of the clinic. •Assist faculty with new patient screenings •Aid dental students, residents and/or faculty in four-handed dentistry and routine chair-side duties and patient care •Maintain complete knowledge of the dental materials used in clinic, using the restorative dentistry guide booklet with instructions and data related to usage and teachings of dental materials utilized in the school's clinics •Obtain and mix dental materials, clean and prepare treatment areas, stock clinics, and provide students with knowledge and ideas to aid in the educational process •Serve as a back-up person in the clinic dispensary or sterilization areas, or take on full responsibilities depending on clinic workload •Orient new staff and trainees to clinic procedures and policies •Maintain robust knowledge of the guidelines mandated by OSHA/WISHA and the UW/UW School of Dentistry (UWSOD) regarding infection control protocols; following rules, regulations and training set forth by the UW and UWSOD •Support special curriculum projects throughout the year that aid in the teachings of trainees and continuing education in patient care by attending instructional courses, and provide instruction to trainees about working with dental assistants, materials, procedures, et cetera •Perform related dental duties as instructed, including computer skills related to clinic function and patient care •Maintain respectful communications and relate positively with all patients, faculty, staff and trainees; a professional and positive attitude is expected at all times •Communicate with direct supervisors to promote operational improvement or improve the safety of the clinical environment •Review follow up treatment plans, post-operative instructions, and medical and dental health histories with patients •Take radiographic images, seat patients, transcribe doctor assessments, and walk patients to the front desk for scheduling the next appointment •Prepare and clean the clinic, making it ready for patient care The person in this position must be professional and reliable, and provide quality care at all times. Performs related duties as required.
Minimum Requirements/Qualifications: Educational Requirements/Qualifications: Completion of an accredited training program for dental assistants; AND current certification as a dental assistant (CDA) OR the ability to obtain same within six months; PLUS two years of experience as a dental assistant. One year of additional dental assistant experience may substitute for required education.
Legal/Licensing Requirements: The Dental Assistant 2 must be registered with the State of Washington as a Dental Assistant.
Desired Skills/Experience: The Dental Assistant 2 (DA2) should also have previous experience working in a fast-paced dental education environment and experience working in a diverse and team environment with competing priorities. The DA2 should have experience with dental software programs, including scheduling, and taking panoramic and other radiology images. The DA2 should have strong interpersonal skills and effective written and verbal communication, and excellent organizational skills. They should have the ability to work independently and in a team, positively resolve conflict, and speak to and about others in a professional manner at all times. The DA2 should also demonstrate strong interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with patients, staff and students on a professional level at all times. The OMS clinic is fast-paced, requiring all staff to be thoughtful and compassionate to make patients feel welcome and cared for, while staying on schedule. They must also be able to handle difficult situations professionally and use good judgement to care for patients and support providers and other members of the team while upholding the policies of the UW and UWSOD.
Application Process: The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
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