Dentist (Assistant Chief)

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration | Charleston, SC

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Posted Date 6/29/2020
Description The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, Charleston, SC is seeking an Assistant Dental Chief candidate to join our team to achieve remarkable things in an innovative clinical, research, and teaching environment. General Dentists, Periodontists or Oral Surgeons may apply.As Assistant Chief of Dental Service, enjoy the support of highly-trained staff while working in this high complexity tertiary care organization comprised of the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center and possible oversight and travel to future-developed dental clinics within the catchment. You will serve to formulate advanced operations plans, establish quality improvement, and fiscal productivity, while building relationships among academic and DOD partners.

The Assistant Chief of Dental Service is responsible, along with the Chief of Dental Service, for the management and delivery of patient centered, high quality at this 152-authorized bed 5-Star tertiary care teaching hospital dedicated to providing the highest quality of patient care and services to more than 75,000 Veterans along the South Carolina and Georgia coasts. The Assistant Chief of Dental Service will participate in the numerous training programs sponsored by the Ralph H. Johnson VA and affiliated academic organizations so the preferred candidate is preferred to have the academic experience to warrant a faculty appointment at our affiliate, the Medical University of SC.

The Dentist shall be proficient in all aspects of general dentistry and/or selected specialty services. The Dentist would be responsible for evaluating consults, treatment plans, radiographs and charges associated with dental care provided by private practitioners or group practices in support of community care. These patients are dental eligible patients who have been referred into community care in lieu of care provided at the RHJVAMC. The Assistant Chief would act to support the Chief of Dental Service and coordinate administrative actions for Ralph H. Johnson VAMC Dental Service. Specifically, the provider should possess knowledge regarding:
  • Knowledge of oral and radiographic examinations of the oral cavity.
  • Pathological or irregular oral conditions.
  • Routine and complex restoration of teeth.
  • Simple and complex extractions of teeth.
  • Alveoloplasty and other routine surgical procedures.
  • Prosthetic dentistry to include immediate dentures, full dentures, partial dentures, crowns and fixed bridge work.
  • Implants and implant prosthodontics
  • Endodontic procedures on single and multi-canal teeth.
  • Routine and surgical procedures within the scope of a general dentist.
  • Knowledge of CPRS and VA dental record keeping software is required.
Work Schedule: 7:30AM-4:00PM; Monday-Friday and some Saturdays
Financial Discloser Report: Not required

***THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS OPEN UNTIL THE VACANCY IS FILLED. IT MAY BE EXTENDED OR CLOSED PRIOR TO THE CURRENT CLOSING DATE. 1ST CUTOFF DATE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS IS 7/14/2020. AFTER THAT DATE, APPLICATIONS WILL BE REFERRED AS REQUESTED BY MANAGEMENT.***Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.

Basic Requirements:
  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Education: Degree of doctor of dental surgery or dental medicine resulting from a course of education in dentistry. The degree must have been obtained from one of the schools approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools are:(1) United States and Canadian schools of dentistry listed by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), in the list published for the year in which the course of study was completed.(2) Schools (including foreign schools) accepted by the licensing body of a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia as qualifying for full and unrestricted licensure provided the licensure requirements include a written examination measuring science achievement and a performance examination measuring clinical competence.
  • Residency or Comparable Experience: Completion of an approved residency program in general practice or specialty, or comparable experience as a dentist actively involved in treating medically compromised patients.
  • Licensure and Registration:Current, full, and unrestricted license to practice dentistry in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States (i.e., Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia. The dentist must maintain current registration in the State of licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active, current licensure.
  • English Language Proficiency: Dentists, including residents, appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).
Preferred Experience: Board Certification

Grade Determinations:
Leadership/Manager Positions. Dentist leadership and management positions may be Section Chiefs, Assistant Chiefs, Service Chiefs, VISN Lead Dentists, Service Line Managers, Central Office Program Positions, Chiefs of Staff, or Directors (i.e., medical center and Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN)). Dentists in leadership positions must demonstrate outstanding professional ability in the practice of dentistry or a dental specialty, and healthcare administration, as well as the ability to guide the development and implementation of programs within their respective domain. These would include, but are not limited to dental practice, professional standards, personnel issues, quality and performance improvement.

Service Chief/Service Line Manager/Lead Dentist. In addition to the above, Dentists in these roles must demonstrate effectiveness coordinating and managing interdisciplinary collaboration with both internal and external stakeholders to optimize the care of patients under their purview. It is expected individuals in these roles serve on a full-time basis.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G3, DENTIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD

Physical Requirements: Prolonged sitting, The mental/sensory requirements include recall, reasoning, problem-solving, hearing, speaking clearly, writing legibly, reading, and logical thinking. The population of male and female veterans served ranges from the adult, age 18, to the elderly adult, age 65 and over. The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is a major interdisciplinary teaching facility, serving medical, surgical, and neurological inpatients and outpatients. There is a large outpatient psychiatric population, with admissions for medical co-morbidities. This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, pushing, and lifting of claim files which can be multiple volumes. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs.
Opportunity Type

Volunteer Opportunity

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