Job Opportunities

Staff Dentist

La Esperanza Clinic is looking for a Dentist to join our team.

Job Summary

The Staff Dentist is responsible for delivery of quality dental care to patients of the Center and functions as a member of the multi-disciplinary health care team within the scope of his or her dental practice.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Provide dental services.

    • Maintain dental expertise and competency (to include age specific competency) as well as demonstrate thorough knowledge of procedures to deliver quality primary dental care.

    • Provide dental sessions, as scheduled, in direct patient care at clinic site, including extended hours clinics.

    • Provide services equaling to at least forty (40) hours per week in clinic.

    • Examine, diagnoses, treats and/or refers patients assigned to dentist’s panel, on an in-patient and out-patient basis (as per individual employment agreements)

    • Prescribe pharmaceuticals, other medications, and treatment regimens as appropriate to assessed dental conditions.

    • Refer clients for appropriate specialty care services, lab and x-ray and any other ancillary services that are appropriate for patient’s management and care.

    • Review all lab and x-ray reports for patients under his/her care on a timely basis and makes dental management decisions appropriately.

    • Follow appropriate standards of care for each patient.

    • Provide continuity of care to center patients on his or her patient panel and other patients as assigned, including routine in-patient and nursing home care to center patients.

    • Maintain a problem oriented dental record for each patient seen in accordance with the Center’s established Health Information Management policies and procedures.

    • Lead the oral health care team in identifying, evaluating, and prioritizing patient and family needs to develop a plan of care.

    • Ensure that patient and family/significant others are educated about diagnosis and the plan of care.

    • Act as a resource for facilitating communication when necessary.

    • Participate in specified oral health promotion, education and/or prevention programs as needed

    • Attend and participate in clinic meetings/departmental meetings and other clinic functions as required by the Center.

  2. Provide clinical oversight under the supervision of the Dental Director.

    • Assume responsibility/accountability for delegating, directing, and supervising patient care activities.

    • Train, mentor and supervise students and dental support staff engaged in activities and procedures, as appropriate.

    • Participate in

      • Analysis of community health problems and assists in the development of the community health care plan.

      • Compliance and Performance Improvement activities for continuous quality improvement and risk management purposes.

      • The evaluation of products, procedures, and patient care standards.

      • The review and development of patient care policies, including health maintenance schedules and continuity of care.

      • The review and development of protocols and standing orders.

    • Implement the plans, procedures and protocols for the dental team.

    • Serve as a resource and positive, proactive leader for the department.

    • Accept responsibility for remaining current with oral health care trends and information that impact the dental practice.

    • Provider is responsible for practicing accepted infection control procedures at all times to include attending individual/group infection control training, and to comply with infection control monitoring.

  3. Maintain professional courtesy at all times.

  4. Perform all other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Required

  • Knowledge of

    • Advanced principles of oral health promotion, prevention and motivation

    • Protocols in general and an ability to quickly gain specific knowledge of the Center’s current operational protocols

    • Dental terminology and appropriate abbreviations

  • Demonstrates knowledge of the Texas Dental Practice Act

  • Ability to ​

    • Document, with clarity, all information relevant to a patient’s needs

    • Effectively present information in small group situations to patients, Center staff, and the general public

    • Use office equipment including but not limited to computers, fax machines, telephones and copiers

Preferred

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish is preferred but not required.

Credentials and Experience

Required

  • Dental degree from an accredited school of dentistry

  • Current unrestricted license from the Texas Board of Dental Examiners to practice as a dentist in the State of Texas

    • Annual continuing education as required by the Texas Board of Dental Examiners

    • Must be registered and have current DEA, DPS and other such certificates to legally operate a practitioner in the State of Texas

    • Hospital privileges at designated area hospitals if required for specialty

  • · Current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for Healthcare Professionals Certification