Clinical Assistant Professor - Pediatric Dentistry

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University of the Pacific
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Stockton
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Jun 23, 2033

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Clinical Assistant Professor - Pediatric Dentistry

Primary Purpose and Essential Functions:
The Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, is responsible for teaching pediatric dentistry at the pre-doctoral level. Teaching is done in a humanistic manner, such that students are enthusiastic about providing oral healthcare to children and inspired by the professionalism, expertise, and demeanor of the departmental faculty and staff. This teaching occurs in both the department's curriculum, as well as in other departments' curricula where appropriate. All faculty and staff interactions with students and colleagues support these humanistic ideals. Additionally, the school's dental auxiliary utilization (DAU) program is part of the department, and is taught concurrently with pediatric dentistry both pre-clinically and in the pediatric clinic. Teamwork in accomplishing patient care goals is stressed throughout the departmental curriculum.

In addition to the formal curriculum, the department is active in community outreach activities, and independently as well as in conjunction with the student-organized outreach group (SCOPE), organizes, coordinates and provides outreach activities to the children of the community.

In addition to the formal curriculum, the department is active in community outreach activities, and independently as well as in conjunction with the student-organized outreach group (SCOPE), organizes, coordinates and provides outreach activities to the children of the community.

Department faculty members are integral in all activities of the department, and teach the students in all areas by instruction and also by example.

Primary Responsibilities:
Department faculty members are invited to participate in all phases of the pediatric dentistry curriculum based on department need, as permitted by their schedules, to include:

  • Preclinical instruction
    o Ergonomics in Simulation Laboratory (PD 146)
    This activity takes place in the first quarter (summer quarter) for entering students. The goal of this activity is to acclimate students to adjustment and use of their simulator, and to introduce and sensitize them to healthy ergonomic practices.
    o Primary Tooth Restorative in Simulation Laboratory (PD 146)
    This activity takes place in the spring quarter of the first year dental students' adult restorative simulation laboratory course. It involves both lecture instruction and laboratory instruction in the preparation and restoration of primary teeth. Simulation exercises are done on pediatric typodonts, and in addition to technical skill, ergonomic positioning is stressed. The goal of this course is to introduce the concept that primary teeth are distinct from permanent teeth, and are restored differently, and also to give students a conceptual understanding of the technical aspects of restoration of primary teeth.
    o Didactic Pediatric Dentistry (PD 240)
    This course takes place in the summer and autumn quarters for second year dental students. The course covers topics of both general pediatric patient care as well as specific oral healthcare for children. The goal of the course is to provide students with an adequate foundation of knowledge to successfully build upon as they start their clinical experiences in the Pediatric Clinic.

  • Clinical instruction (PD 346-347)
    Students treat patients appointed for them in the pediatric clinic on a rotational basis, thus they are not assigned comprehensive-care pediatric patients. Patients are assigned to specific students with specific faculty members. Our patient pool comes largely from the underserved populations in and around the San Francisco Bay area, and represents diverse ethnic, cultural and social backgrounds.
    o Clinical Dental Auxiliary Utilization (PD 346)
    These three clinical rotations occur concomitantly with the three pediatric dentistry rotations, starting in the autumn quarter of the students' second year, and continuing through the autumn quarter of the students' third year. The goal of these rotations is to teach students four-handed dentistry, and to help them develop habits and skills to avoid future work/posture-related injuries as a result of clinical dental practice. A further goal of these rotations is to enable a student to train his/her own dental assistants. The presence and help of a trained dental auxiliary utilization instructor enables the students to be more successful with the care of their pediatric patients, and to accomplish more per clinic session.
    o Clinical Pediatric Dentistry (PD 347)
    This clinical rotation occurs concomitantly with the three dental auxiliary utilization rotations, starting in the autumn quarter of the students' second year, and continuing through the autumn quarter of the students' third year. The goal of these rotations is to build on students' didactic knowledge and provide them the knowledge and skills to successfully treat pediatric patients in a general practice setting. In combination with PD 346, private practice pediatric dentistry is modeled, including patient and parent management, workflow, scheduling, etc.
    o Advanced Clinical Pediatric Dentistry
    Student participation in this activity is voluntary, with approval from the Department Chair and the student's Group Practice Leader. Generally, a student is eligible for participation in this activity once he/she has successfully completed their second pediatric clinical rotation. The goal is to enable interested students to gain additional clinical experiences beyond those in their regularly scheduled clinical rotations. In some instances, cases selected for this clinic may be slightly more challenging than those selected for the regular clinical rotations.

  • Specialty Preparatory Activities
    We have a number of students who wish to specialize in pediatric dentistry each year. While our primary goal is that our DDS and IDS students complete our program as competent beginners in treating children in a general practice setting, we do all that we can to assist our students who want to specialize in optimizing their credentials for specialty training, and becoming successful residency candidates. In addition to our Advanced Clinical program, we all participate in activities specifically focused on our residency candidates.
    o Information Resource
    All faculty members are available to students wishing to specialize to share their own training experiences and insights
    o Student Office Visits
    Whenever a faculty member's practice situation permits, they may be asked to host students for short observatory periods (1/2 to 1 day) in their offices to give students insights into specialty-level practice. These experiences are pre-arranged with the faculty member through the chair before an invitation is extended to the student.
    o Residency Program Information
    Occasionally, faculty members may be asked for input about the residency program which they attended or other programs of which they have detailed knowledge. Most often this input is sought as students are attempting to select programs to which they will apply.
    o Residency Program Evaluations/Recommendations
    Students planning to attend post-doctoral programs, most often those applying to pediatric dentistry residencies or those applying to general practice residencies as a path to specialization in pediatric dentistry, may seek recommendations from department faculty. Faculty are strongly encouraged to provide honest and appropriate recommendations in a timely manner. Guidance in preparing accurate evaluations and recommendations which are useful to program directors can be provided by the department chairperson.
    o Mock Interview Project
    During the autumn quarter of third year, as students are preparing for their specialty program interviews, they are offered a mock interview at the school prior to their actual interviews. Faculty members, preferably with whom the student has had little or no clinical contact, are asked to act as mock interviewers. They are provided with preparatory materials and a fictitious residency program for which they are interviewing. Their feedback on the candidate's performance is shared with the chair, and used by the chair and the student to develop a personalized interview strategy.

  • Clinical Remediation
    o PD347 remediation plan
    During the course of the year, some students struggle in the clinic and have to be remove from their clinical rotation pending remediation. Faculty members can be asked to establish a remediation plan to help correct their deficiencies. The goal is to help students fill their knowledge and skill gaps, and be ready to return and be successful in the Peds Clinic rotation.

    There are also teaching activities in interdisciplinary courses and other departments in the school in which pediatric dentistry faculty are occasionally asked to participate. These activities are assigned by the Department Chair in consultation with the individual faculty member.

  • Workload
    Because Pediatric Dentistry is a small department, with extensive commitments within the school, workload varies quarter to quarter, but is assigned by the Department Chair, in consultation with the faculty member. For part-time faculty in the teacher-clinician track, emphasis is placed on teaching activities, but participation in scholarship and service is encouraged. Generally, teaching assignments are in the clinic; however, based
    on the department's needs, as well as the faculty member's expertise and desires, teaching in other venues can be arranged.

    Specific workload and scheduling will be adjusted based on the faculty member's as well as the department's needs. In addition to scheduled assignments, participation in outreach activities with students (service), at a reasonable level, is highly encouraged. Professional activities outside the school (presentations, consulting, etc.) are also supported and encouraged.

  • Career Development Plan
    All faculty members are required to submit and maintain a curriculum vitae and required faculty credentials, as well as any other activity information as requested by the administration of the school.

    Faculty members' activities and accomplishments in the areas of teaching, scholarship and service are monitored and evaluated by the Department Chair. Documentation of these accomplishments is used for salary increases and academic rank promotions.

    Faculty members may also be enlisted to assist the Department Chair in mentoring junior faculty members in career development. This mentoring activity can be highly beneficial to both the mentor and the protege and is seen as a learning experience for all involved.


    Minimum Qualifications:
    Knowledge of:
    • Curriculum management as it relates to teaching concepts in Pediatric Dentistry
    • Clinical management of pediatric patients
    • Competency based education and assessment
    • Modern pedagogical concepts and application in dental education

    Experience:
    • Minimum one year of previous teaching experience.
    • Minimum of one year of practice experience in the care of pediatric patients.

    Education/Licenses:
    • DDS from an ADA-accredited school of dentistry (preferred)
    • Certificate or Master’s degree indicating successful completion of an ADA-accredited specialty training program in pediatric dentistry required
    • Current, active license to practice dentistry required


    Preferred Qualifications:
    • Ability to work as a team with administrators, fellow faculty, staff and students
    • Possess sincere desire to learn from and to teach students in all phases of the curriculum, using a humanistic educational model
    • Possess sincere desire for personal growth and development as an educator, including teaching, scholarship and service, throughout the course of your career
    • Involvement or desire to be involved in organized dentistry, especially organized pediatric dentistry
    • Involvement or desire to be involved in community outreach activities
    • Involvement or desire to participate in professional education beyond the school, on local, state, regional, national and international levels


    Physical Requirements:
    The following physical requirements can be reasonably expected while performing job duties:
    • Position requires alternate walking, standing, and sitting.
    • May require standing for long periods of time dependent upon patient/clinic needs.
    • Reaching and handling of dental instruments.
    • May be requested to assist with temporary physical restraint of patients in emergency situations.
    • Occasional pushing, pulling; occasional lifting of up to 25 lbs.
    • Occupational exposure to blood borne pathogens may reasonably be anticipated. Personal protective equipment is expected to reduce or eliminate exposure to routine or limited infectious agents.


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