The STLVAMC has approximately 11,000 Veterans who qualify for full, comprehensive dental eligibility. Most of our patients are both acutely and chronically medically complex. The Dental Service is responsible for providing in-patient and outpatient care for the full scope of oral health needs. Staff dentists/specialists are expected to successfully navigate the interdisciplinary environment by collaborating closely with dental and medical providers to provide world-class healthcare. 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. Dentist Basic Requirements A 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 certification, and must obtain a copy of the ECFMG certificate, if claimed by the applicant. ~AND~ Completed, or you are currently completing, a residency program in general practice or specialty, or comparable experience as a dentist actively involved in treating medically compromised patients. ~AND~ Currently hold, or will hold, a current, full and unrestricted license to practice dentistry in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia. Note: Dentists must maintain current registration in the State of licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active, current licensure. Preferred Experience: Board Certification in Oral Surgery or Board Eligibility with minimum 2-3 years performing Oral Surgery Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds; Light carrying, under 15 pounds; Use of fingers; Walking, 2 hours; Standing, 2 hours; Work closely with others; and work alone. ["The Dentist (Oral Maxillofacial Surgery) will be responsible to perform oral surgery procedures in both the outpatient and inpatient settings and function as an Oral Surgeon in all aspects of patient care. This includes examination, work-up, diagnosis, consultation, order/prescribe medications, and provision of treatment to patients presenting with conditions within the oral cavity and adjacent structures. They will accept inpatient and outpatient consults from Primary Care and other Specialty clinic providers within the Medical Center, provide consultative and operative services in both the Dental Service outpatient clinic and Operating Room while meeting the Acute Care, Specialty Services, and Medical Center requirements. The incumbent will maintain a regularly scheduled outpatient clinic as well as be available for consultative, emergency, and administrative duties/tasks during normal business hours. The Dentist (Oral Maxillofacial Surgery) reports to the Chief, Dental Service. Primary Location: John Cochran Division, 915 N Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63106 Major Duties and Responsibilities: (include but not limited to) Performs dental examination and consultations for the purpose of diagnosing and/or treating head and neck pathology, TMJ-related conditions/complaints, orofacial pain, and more. Performs surgical procedures such as extractions, alveoloplasties, other preprosthetic procedures, and biopsies along with other surgical and nonsurgical procedures within the scope of practice both in the outpatient setting and periodically in the operating room. Prescribes medications for dental problems, including pain medications or antibiotics. Gives patients local anesthesia and prescribes light oral sedation as appropriate prior to procedures. Orders and/or interprets diagnostic measures, such as radiographic images, other imaging, models, etc. Keeps diligent records relating to the treatment and management of patients. Supports the Dental Service, staff, and Medical Center as a subject matter expert in oral surgery. Manages and communicates with other staff members to provide care to patients. Participates in and supports Dental Service administrative tasks, program/project development, educational initiatives, oversight of specialty-specific Community Care, and more as directed by the Chief, Dental Service. Maintains professional qualifications, participates in customer service training, computer training, and attends to mandated medical center training, including BLS and/or ACLS. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. Work Schedule: Typical tour of duty is expected to be Monday - Friday 7:00 am to 4:00 pm; however, other tours may be required if Veteran needs arise or as directed by the Chief, Dental Service. Compressed/Flexible: N/A Telework: N/A Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Recruitment/Relocation Incentive: Certain locations are deemed as 'Hard to Fill' and 'may' offer Recruitment Incentives, but such an Incentive is not guaranteed. Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation assistance: Not Available Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required Student Loan Repayment/Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP): This position may be eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan reimbursement program. To participate in the program, you must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA Policy 1021 and submit your application within four months of appointment. The final award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) is determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services office. EDRP approval is contingent on this occupation and specialty being deemed \"hard-to-recruit-and-retain\" at the duty location you are interested in. Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases. Paid Time Off: 26 days paid annual leave (carryover up to 86 days), 13 days paid annual sick leave (unlimited carryover), 11 paid Federal holidays per year. Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years' vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA. Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement). Incentives: Possible signing bonus and student loan repayment up to $200K for eligible debt. Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory and you can practice anywhere in VHA. CME: Possible $1,000 per year stipend + possible 1 week paid authorized absence to attend. Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided. Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting and no restrictive covenants."]
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