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The Office of Clinical Services (OCS) at the School of Dentistry encompasses the Patient Registration and Patient Relations offices, Simulation Clinic and Labs, Central Sterilization, two dispensaries, and facilities maintenance team. OCS supports the operations of 13 dental clinics in delivering dental care to the state’s largest and most diverse patient population. We utilize a team oriented approach and work very hard to delight our patients. The Office of Clinical Services is committed to the principle of diversity, equity, and inclusion and to providing an environment where every employee feels welcomed, valued, and appreciated.
The UW School of Dentistry (UWSOD) has an outstanding opportunity for a Temporary Full Time Dental Assistant 2 (DA2). Within the School of Dentistry, there are thirteen clinics where pre-doctoral and graduate dental students are provided education while also providing care to patients. Faculty and staff oversee these dentists-in-training. To support the educational mission of the school, the Dental Assistant 2 will provide assistance, based on patient treatment procedure and staffing needs, to the D2 and D3 clinics for predoctoral students and provide back up support to the D2/D3 clinic dispensaries and Central Sterilization. In addition, this individual will float as needed in other prodoctoral or graduate clinics within the UW School of Dentistry (Dental Admissions, Dental Urgent Care, DECOD (Dental Education in the Care of Person with Disabilities, Endodontics, Oral Medicine, Orthodontics, Pediatric, Graduate Periodontics, Graduate Prosthodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and the UW Dentistry Campus Dental Center.)
Reporting to the Dental Clinic Supervisor 2 and Clinic Manager, the DA2 is expected to interact on a professional with students and the workforce at all times and provide excellent customer service to our patients. Participate in UWSOD and supervisor-required trainings such as health and safety, HIPAA, FERPA, BBP, and other Relias trainings.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Dental Assisting Responsibilities:
The Dental Assistant 2 is assigned to work with student providers at critical stages throughout patient care, prioritizing work and coaching students in patient management. The DA2 interfaces with the supervising licensed dentist who is ultimately responsible for ensuring the quality of patient care.
The DA2 position may be asked to float in other areas of the pre-doctoral clinic such as Sterilization, Dispensaries, Clerkships and other clinics within the UWSOD.
Assisting responsibilities include:
•Perform chairside four-handed dentistry with dental students in the Student Teaching clinics. •Obtain and prepare dental materials, such as impression material, composite, bonding agents, and disposables needed for patient care. •Perform expanded functions to include taking impressions for study models, place and remove rubber dam and matrix and wedge, expose radiographs, perform Coronal polish, chart clinical findings, and other delegable duties as specified by law. •Aid dental students, residents and/or faculty in four-handed dentistry and in routine chair-side duties and patient care. •Clean and prepare treatment areas using School of Dentistry standardized infection control protocols. •Conduct inventories and stock supplies. •Monitor school-owned instruments for breakage and wear; assess replacement needs and maintain clinic hand pieces. •Suggest process improvements to leadership. •Participate in dental student clinic orientations and limited classroom activities related to the dental team; may participate in orientation and training of new staff members. •Perform related dental assistant duties as assigned.
•Conduct entire sterilization cycle for all School clinics; debride, perform quality checks, replace instruments as necessary, wrap and sterilize items, following pre-sterilization and sterilization protocols. •Utilize scanning software system to monitor the distribution and flow of instruments, hand pieces, and other patient care items to maintain strict infection control protocols. •Operate autoclaves, washers, and other sterilization equipment; conduct biological testing of equipment. •Maintain hand piece, cassette, bur, impression tray, and spore testing logs; Notify parties of discrepancies and report any ongoing problems to Manager. •Store sterile and disinfected set-ups in preparation for delivery to clinics and students. •Using the instrument ordering software, coordinate the pick-up and delivery of instruments to clinics. •Perform basic calculations related to verifying sterilizer functions and inventory control. •Inspect, assemble, package, label and date instruments and cassettes. •Enter inventory data using a computer terminal or a manual method. •Place orders as necessary. •Keep all areas clean, orderly, and neat. •Perform related duties as assigned.
•Using scanning software, check equipment in and out, including cameras, cavitrons, light cure units, nitrous tanks and other items for students. •Monitor daily reports of items checked out by students; email students with delinquent items. •Manage daily stocking of dispensary supplies, clinic supply bins, disposables, and barrier control items. •Dispense anesthetic, antibiotics, fluoride, and dental materials per UWSOD policy and protocol. •Collect, scan and bag soiled items in preparation for sterilization. •Collect receivable orders from Central Purchasing and distribute items. •Reconcile monthly statements from Central Purchasing. •Perform related duties as assigned.
Completion of an accredited training program for dental assistants; AND current certification as a dental assistant (CDA) OR the ability to obtain it within six months; PLUS two years of experience as a dental assistant. WA State Department of Health Dental Assistant Registration must be current in order to work within the School of Dentistry clinics. One year of additional dental assistant experience may substitute for required education. A restorative dentistry guide booklet is provided with instructions and data related to usage and teachings of dental materials utilized in the school's restorative clinics.
High school graduation OR equivalent education/experience.
•Demonstrated success in four- handed dentistry. •Knowledge of dental materials and usage. •Robust knowledge of the guidelines mandated by OSHA/WISHA and the UW School of Dentistry (UWSOD) regarding infection control protocols. •Ability to operate dental equipment, including sterilization equipment. •Attendance at instructional courses throughout the year to support special curriculum projects that aid in the teachings of our dental students. •Completion of directly supervised sterilization training program administered by the School of Dentistry after hire, which can be applied to the equivalent experience. •A commitment to the principle of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
•Previous experience in a dental education environment. •Experience with dental software programs and taking intra and extra-oral radiographs •Ability to work independently as well as a team player. •Ability to resolve conflict in a positive manner and speak of and to others in a respectful manner at all times. •Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with patients, staff and students on a professional level at all times. •Excellent verbal communication. •Strong customer service skills. •Detail oriented. •Reliability and strong work ethic. •Experience working with diverse populations.
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