Opportunity Type: Job
FIGHT Program: Dental Services
Reports to: Kari Hexem DMD, Dental Director
Philadelphia FIGHT is an AIDS Service Organization that recently became a Federally Qualified Health Centre (FQHC). We have been providing primary care for people living with HIV/AIDS and those at very high risk since 1990. Our program is a team-cantered, multi-disciplinary approach that in addition to clinical care, offers access to behavioural health and substance abuse services, a wide range of educational programs, HIV counselling and testing, and youth programs. Philadelphia FIGHT Dental Services, our new dental program, provides culturally competent, non-judgmental, high quality dental care to both adult and pediatric patients, who are both HIV+ and HIV-, regardless of the ability to pay. In addition to dental care, Philadelphia FIGHT Dental Services connects patients with social services, resources, and insurance benefits.
HoursM-F 9:00 to 5:00
Tasks and Responsibilities
Dental Assistant Responsibilities:
- Prepare treatment room for patient by following prescribed procedures and protocols.
- Prepare patient for dental treatment by welcoming, comforting, seating, and draping patient.
- Provide information to patients and employees by answering questions and requests.
- Provide materials by selecting, mixing, and placing materials on instruments and in the patient’s mouth.
- Provide diagnostic information by exposing and developing radiographic studies; pouring, trimming, and polishing study casts.
- Maintain patient appearance and ability to masticate by fabricating temporary restorations; cleaning and polishing removable appliances.
- Documents dental care services by charting in patient records.
- Conserve dental resources by using equipment and supplies as needed.
- Manages patient flow including triaging of “walk ins.”
- Understands when to escalate situation to dentist/dental hygienist
Expanded Functions Responsibilities:
- Consistently demonstrate knowledge and skill related to the following “expanded function” responsibilities:
- Placing and carving amalgam and composite restorations
- Placing bases and liners
- Placing and removing matrix bands, wedges and rubber dams
- Placing sealants
- Coronal polishing
- Application of fluoride
- Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies.
- Maintain patient confidence and protect operations by keeping information confidential.
- Maintains safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules, and regulations.
- Protect patients and employees by adhering to infection-control policies and protocols.
- Use sound judgment in patient communication, especially with upset patients.
- Works in compliance with all medical policies and with standards such as OSHA, HIPAA, CLIA and funding body regulations.
- Performs other reasonably related duties as assigned by supervisor or manager.
- Exercises good judgment in bringing any issues necessary to the attention of the supervising dentist or Dental Director.
- Constantly strives to achieve excellence in the day-to-day operations of Philadelphia FIGHT Dental Services.
- CPR certification
- EFDA certification for the state of Pennsylvania
- X-ray certification for the state of Pennsylvania
- Prefer 1+ years’ of experience as an EFDA
- Demonstrate the ability to understand the overall purpose of clinical care and importance of support staff
- Must be able to demonstrate judgment, patience, integrity, organization, and prioritization in multi-task environment
- Needs to have attention to detail, dependability, listening and communication skills, and flexibility
- Must have cultural competency and take a trauma-informed and harm-reduction approach to health care
- Needs to be competent in the use of Electronic Health Record systems
Initial probationary period is three months.
- Occasional lifting of 40 – 50 lbs. and pushing of 5-20 lbs.
- Sitting, standing and walking approximately 80% of the time
- A medium to high level of manual dexterity required
- Bending and reaching approximately 20% of the time
- Normal accessibility and mobility required
- Normal overtime/extended work hours
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