Dentist

Apr 14, 2021

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

Working under the supervision of the CMO, the dentist provides professional, high-quality dental diagnoses, treatment plans and treatment education to a broad range of patients, including children, adolescents and adults. The dentist also participates in the ongoing evaluation of Dental Program operations to assure the delivery of high-quality services that support the financial sustainability of the program. The dentist will promote oral health and disease prevention to maintain the oral health of Greater Portland Health (GPH) patients. The dentist will demonstrate effective communication and teamwork skills to work collaboratively within a team environment, both internally and externally.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:*

• Provide high quality oral health care to all GPH patients who request services.
• Provide competent and thorough assessment and treatment.
• Function effectively as a member of a dental clinic team with appropriate day-to-day clinical direction.
• Perform basic dentistry services as defined by the Maine Board of Dental Practice and within professional ability, including, but not limited to extractions, restorations, impressions, x-rays and oral exams.
• Provide preventative oral health education.
• Ensure appropriate services through written treatment plans and referrals or recall.
• Complete and close patient charts with 48 hours.
• Provide referral information to staff for specialty care, case management and hygienist care as appropriate.
• Maintain active Maine license and completes all required continuing education.
• Guide dental support staff to deliver consistent standards of care and assure clinical practices are of the highest quality. Reports substandard clinical staff performance to Program Manager and CMO.
• Maintain professional education and knowledge on current dental procedures and practices.
• Maintain full appointment schedule for office practice and other settings in order to meet organization productivity goals.
• Review reports to monitor progress in meeting quality and productivity measures.
• Participate in outreach activities on behalf of patients and GPH.
• Attend required staff meetings and, as requested, participate in program planning.
• Provide professional in-service training for clinic staff, as requested.
• Mentor dental students as requested. Contribute to the training and proficiencies of dental learners.
• Promote smoking cessation counseling for patients.
• Comply with and share in implementation of all OSHA safety and infection control requirements.
• Communicate with team members to induce a positive and productive work environment.
• Work as an integral part of the interdisciplinary team to ensure high-quality patient care and outcomes.
• Exhibit flexibility to work at different GPH locations.
• Conform to the terms of employment contract, all grant and funding conditions, and any relevant agreements between GPH and other entities.
• Interact harmoniously and effectively with others, focusing upon the attainment of organizational goals and objectives through a commitment to teamwork.
• Conform to acceptable attendance and punctuality standards as expressed in the Employee Handbook.
• Comply with all safety rules and protocols. Immediately report any workplace injury to supervisor.
• Abide by the organization’s compliance program and requirements. Complete all required training.
• Enhance public image of the program and agency through professional conduct and appearance.
• Perform other related activities, as required, to assure program success.
• Perform other duties as assigned.

STAFF EXPECTATIONS:

• Support and show gratitude to all coworkers.
• Agree to ask for help when needed and ask questions to learn; be willing to grow in your role and position at GPH.
• Be part of the solution.
• Believe and participate in change and be willing to engage in improvement process.
• Model effective teamwork and collaborative communication.
• Provide respectful feedback (in a private setting) when encountering conflicts; ask for help from supervisor as needed.
• Understand and value that everyone’s role is important and contributes to the whole organization.
• Be willing to learn, cross train, and share knowledge.
• Model positivity.
• Understand body language matters.
• Forgive and learn from failure.
• Agree to be flexible and adapt to organizational changes.
• Be mindful of challenges and burdens other colleagues may be facing and be kind.
• Honor and appreciate all forms of diversity.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE QUALIFICATIONS:

• Degree from an accredited School of Dentistry and a valid license to practice dentistry in the State of Maine required.
• Demonstrated ability to perform all aspects of basic dentistry services and to work as a team member.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Strong commitment to public health dentistry.
• Clinical and public health experience required.
• Will have up-to-date training and certification in Healthcare Provider Basic Life Support issued by American Heart Association, American Red cross or American Health and Safety Institute. Must obtain within three months if not current at hire.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES QUALIFICATIONS AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

• Knowledge of the principles and practice of family dentistry.
• Knowledge of the state and federal laws pertaining to dentistry and to community health centers.
• Knowledge of the structure and function of community health centers.
• Board Certification.

WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

• Frequent exposure to communicable diseases and other conditions common to a dental practice setting.
• May include working with people in acute distress or crisis.
• Standard physical requirements for providing dental care; sitting, standing, bending, reaching, handling sharp instruments.
• Normally seated with freedom of movement on a regular basis, operating office machines and handling light materials and supplies in a typical office environment setting. May frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
• May spend extended periods operating desktop computer, requiring hand-eye coordination and finger dexterity; and communicating face-to-face, on the telephone and in writing.
• Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus.
• Frequent physical activity requires standing and walking.
• Periodic physical activity requires climbing stairs, bending, stooping, kneeling, and crouching.
• The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.
• May require travel to other GPH sites and partnering organizations in the Greater Portland area to attend meetings.