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Primary Health Care, Inc.
July 15, 2022
The Pediatric Dentist provides comprehensive and emergency dental care to enhance the holistic approach to patient care at Primary Health Care, Inc. The Pediatric Dentist’s primary patient population will be children (0 – 18 years of age). The Pediatric Dentist works cooperatively with the patient’s primary care givers, physicians and other health care team members, providing leadership within the health center in the area of oral health.
Provides comprehensive and emergency dental examination and treatment for children ages 0- 18yrs. Orders necessary procedures for the diagnosis and treatment of oral-related diseases, considering the patient’s age related, physical, psychosocial and cultural needs.
Understands physical, cognitive, emotional and social development and milestones in the newborn to adolescent patient.
Provides education to the patient and family regarding the oral diagnosis, treatment plan, pre and postoperative instructions and prevention of disease, considering the patient/family’s learning considerations, barriers to learning and readiness to learn.
Manages the oral health care needs of patients with special healthcare needs, for example, medically or physically compromised, disabled, or developmental disabilities, psychiatric or psychological disorders.
Understand the concepts of craniofacial growth and development and correctly diagnose and render treatment to patients with abnormal dentofacial growth.
Manages pediatric patients using non-pharmacological and pharmacological approaches, including use of nitrous oxide analgesia, consistent with approved guidelines for care. Accommodate and understand child behavior in the dental operatory with parental presence.
Accurately codes patient encounters. Maintains and monitors electronic dental records including medical history, clinic notes, and completed treatment. Ensures complete documentation of medical records within the designated time frame established by PHC.
Meets average daily visit number goals as established by PHC.
Ensures compliance with all regulatory requirements including, but not limited to, risk management, dental records/peer review, accreditation requirements and federal, state, and local regulations.
Assists in training Dental Assistants/EFDAs to work with pediatric patients.
Advises medical staff on the diagnosis and treatment of patients with oral-related conditions via written consultations, face-to-face interaction and participation in medical staff activities.
Provides after-hours call coverage and follow-up care for patients.
Assists the Dental Director in the training and supervision of students participating in the dental clinic educational programs.
Supports and assists with the department’s community outreach program, as requested.
Education: DDS/DMD degree from an approved dental school.
Experience: Two years of experience working primarily with pediatric patients, or successful completion of dental pediatric residency.
1. Current license to practice dentistry in the state of Iowa.
2. Current license to prescribe narcotics used in patient care.
3. Current Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers Certification. *
* Must be obtained within Introductory Period if not current.
Knowledge, Skills or Abilities
1. Able to administer and monitor nitrous oxide for anxiolytic purposes in pediatric patients.
2. Able to maintain patience to effectively manage the emotional status of young patients and parents.
3. Able to understand and accommodate child behavior in the operatory with parental presence.
4. Effective organizational skills.
5. Attention to detail.
6. Good listening skills.
7. Proficiency in operating a computer and ability to learn and use computer applications.
8. Efficient time management skills.
9. Effective verbal and written communication skills; especially with diverse groups and individuals.
10. Ability to professionally, appropriately, and effectively interact and work with all levels of staff in the primary care clinical setting and multidisciplinary team.
11. Ability to collaborate effectively on patient care plans with a multidisciplinary team.
12. Demonstrates patient centered care.
13. Ability to assist in local clinic leadership and training of front desk and dental assisting staff.
14. Strong interpersonal skills and the desire to work with and serve a diverse population.
15. Strong analytical and critical thinking skills.
Other Job Requirements: Must be at least 18 years of age
Education: Successful completion of an accredited pediatric residency program.
Experience: Community Health Center experience.
Licenses/Certifications: Eligible for hospital privileges.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
1. Bilingual, verbal and written language proficiency; English/Spanish.
2. Completion of a hospital-based general practice residency program or experience in hospital dental protocols.
Typical Work Hours
This position typically works 40 hours per week.
Compensation & Benefits
Compensation is dependent on education and experience.
PHC offers a comprehensive benefits package, including:
Qualified individuals are eligible for up to a $500 quarterly retention bonus as part of special funding through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Bonuses are time limited through the Spring of 2023.
Eligible for loan repayment through HRSA (application approval required)
Generous PTO accrual (equal to 5 weeks at end of 1st year) plus paid holidays
License/certification fee reimbursement
Paid time off for continuing education & continuing education reimbursement
Tuition reimbursement program
401k with company match
Medical insurance - PHC Pays, on average, 80% of medical premiums for all plan types (employee, employee + family, etc.)
Life & disability insurance
Flexible spending & health savings accounts
Supplemental accident & critical illness insurance
Discounts on pet insurance
Desired Start Date