Registered Dental Assistant/Anesthesia

for University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA

Job Description

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The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is located in the heart of downtown L. A. and is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an employee of USC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the Trojan Family, which is comprised of the faculty, students and staff that make the university what it is.

USCs Ostrow School of Dentistry is seeking a Registered Dental Assistant to join its team.

Provides both administrative and comprehensive skilled chair-side assisting services for patients during dental treatment procedures for clinical faculty, doctoral dental students, and post-doctoral students in clinical units(s) and/or affiliated practices. Works independently with minimal technical guidance. May lead other dental assists.

Job Accountabilities: Provides both administrative and comprehensive chair-side assisting services in a wide variety of dental general and specialty areas for patients during treatment procedures for attending dentist, doctoral dental students, and post-doctoral students in the clinical unit(s) and/or affiliated practices.

Sets up the treatment/clinical area for patients. Organizes and prepares trays, sets up for dental procedures and maintains adequate supply levels in each operatory. Preps patient and assists with dental procedures. Prepares and mixes materials. Obtains vital signs and monitors patients for complications. Cleans up following procedure, disposes of all waste in an appropriate fashion, disinfects area after each patient and sets up for next patient in accordance with established procedures.

Exposes and processes digital radiography or traditional x-rays. Practices radiation safety at all times when using the dental radiographs operators.

Obtains dental history and records from patient and ensures health history is updated and scanned in electronic health record system or recorded in paper chart.

Sets up clinical area and keeps disposable materials and medications in adequate supply for daily operations. Performs regular audits to ensure that no expired materials exist in the patient care areas. Maintains a clean and orderly clinic at all times. Sterilizes and disinfects instruments and equipment in accordance with established procedures.

Maintains an inventory of dental instruments, equipment, and supplies in the dental operatory. Organizes supplies and equipment to minimize loss and maximize utilization. Reports equipment malfunctions to direct supervisor and follows up with repair technicians as needed.

Maintains impressions, study models, and various other dental appliances.

Assists with patient registration, appointment scheduling, billing, filing, scanning, and other related administrative support duties as required.

Provides patient education and treatment planning information as directed by attending faculty providers, or by students.

Assesses emergency situations and provides necessary and proper response when appropriate in accordance with emergency protocols. Maintains working knowledge of First Aid and CPR (including Automated External Defibrillator use).

Observes students to ensure they are adhering to strict principles of the standard of care, cleanliness and infection control. Reports any areas of non-compliance to the supervisor and/or faculty.

Leads other dental assistants in the absence of the supervisor as needed. Schedules and oversees work. Assists with clinical problem resolution as needed. Maintains attendance records and other related administrative documentation, as necessary.

Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.

The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.

*Requisition ID:* 1000152

*Position ID:* P01412625

*Academic Title:* Registered Dental Assistant/Anesthesia

*Department:* Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry

*Location:* University Park Campus

*Employment Type:* Full-Time

*Employment Terms:* New, Grant Funded

*Job Category:* Health and Medical Services

*FLSA:* Non-Exempt

*Preferred Education:* Associates Degree Bachelors Degree

*Preferred Experience:* 3

*Quicklink for Posting:* http://jobs. usc. edu/postings/15971

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