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Dental Assistant: Clinical Affairs

Temple University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Salary not disclosed
Closing date
Apr 28, 2023

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Dental Assistant
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Full Time

Dental Assistant: Clinical Affairs

 Temple University

Grade: T23

The link below will give you information about the University's “T” salary structure.

A variety of important factors are reviewed by HR when considering salary, including job duties, the applicant's education and experience, all relevant internal equity considerations, department budget, and funding source.

The Lead Dental Assistant/Coordinator will provide assistance to the residents, faculty and students in the treatment of dental patients within the Kornberg School of Dentistry's Clinical Affairs department. Primarily the Dental Assistant/Coordinator be stationed within our clinic located within the William D Kelley School in North Philadelphia, but they will be expected to report to the main dental school whenever the primary clinic is closed or otherwise as needed.

Primary responsibilities will be assisting with various routine and complex surgical dental procedures including preparing chairs or surgical rooms for procedures, welcoming and seating patients into the chair, performing 4 handed dentistry during procedures, and maintaining and disinfecting operatories between and after patient visits. In addition, the Dental Assistant will be responsible for support during medical emergencies including monitoring emergency drug and oxygen supplies, and infection control and safety protocols, taking x-rays using digital imaging and uploading x-rays and other patient related data into axium, pouring and trimming dental impressions, ordering and maintaining supplies, troubleshooting dental equipment and instruments, maintaining logs for equipment maintenance and safety required by the University, School, and Department for Infection Control, and assisting with the sterilization process. In addition, the Dental Assistant/Coordinator will be responsible for the entire range of customer service, front desk and billing functions related to the clinic. This will include greeting and screening visitors, answering telephones, using Axium to assist with scheduling appointments for patients, insurance verifications, following up with patients to update them on insurance company pre-authorizations or payments owed, manual and electronic billing, payment posting and reconciliation, and follow-up on denied claims or claims requiring additional information. Performs other related duties as assigned.

At Temple, you will find it easy to fit in while staying true to yourself. We value what makes each employee unique and strive to maintain a culture of diversity and inclusion. As an employee, you will enjoy our collaborative team-based culture that values innovation and creativity. learn more about the benefits of working at Temple University.

Required Education & Experience:

At least 3 years of experience as a Dental Assistant including experience with various dental specialty procedures. Dental Assisting training and certificate from an accredited school. Dental Radiology Certification from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. CPR Certification. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Required Skills & Abilities:

*Ability to obtain PA Child Abuse Clearances.

*Demonstrated knowledge of the standard and complex procedures performed in the clinics area of specialty.

*Demonstrated ability to provide chair-side assistance.

*Ability to utilize dental instruments, sterilizer, operatory equipment, infection control equipment, dental x-ray equipment, and all other standard dental equipment and instruments.

*Must be able to work with a diverse populations of students, faculty, staff, patients and other external contacts.

*Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills and organizational and interpersonal skills.

*Demonstrated knowledge of dental terminology, procedures and diagnosis.

*Demonstrated ability to prioritize projects and tasks and to respond to multiple requests.

*Demonstrated ability to work with potential pathogens during dental assisting and sterilization procedures.

*Ability to provide dental assisting within the legal and ethical boundaries set forth by the state.

*Demonstrate lifelong learning.

*Demonstrate accuracy and attention to detail.

*Ability to adapt and preserver during times of change in circumstances.

*Demonstrate a personal commitment to providing strong customer service.

*Ability to transport/ assist patients in wheelchairs into operatories and departures as needed.

This position requires a background check.

This position requires Child Abuse Certifications prior to the commencement of service.

In accordance with the City of Philadelphia'sCOVID-19 mandate, all Temple University students, faculty, staff, and contractors must be fully vaccinated before receiving authorization to work unless they have a medical or religious exemption approved by the University. An individual is only considered fully vaccinated two (2) weeks after receiving the 2ndshot of a primary two-dose vaccine or a single dose primary vaccine shot. Individuals who do not meet the University's vaccination or exemption requirement will be prohibited from working until proof of full vaccination, or an exemption is requested and approved .For more information, visit the University's Vaccines web page.

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You may request a copy of the report by calling Temple University's Campus Safety Services at 215-204-7900.

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