Staff Dentist

Employment Type

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Vacancy Locations: * Belcourt, ND * Kyle, SD * Pine Ridge, SD * Sisseton, SD * Wanblee, SD * Fort Yates, ND * Fort Thompson, SD * McLaughlin, SD * Rosebud, SD * Wagner, SD Job Description As a Staff Dentist with the Indian Health Service (IHS), you will bring your skills and knowledge, compassion and creativity to address one of our nation's most critical public health needs: improving the health outcomes and dental care of 2.56 million American Indians and Alaska Natives. Tribal communities face significant oral health challenges; your expertise - conducting clinical examinations, making diagnoses, prescribing treatment and referring patients to specialists when necessary - can make a difference. At IHS, you will be part of a dedicated nationwide network providing innovative care at Indian health sites across the nation; many of our dental clinics are modern, state-of-the-art facilities. You will get to know your patients and focus on service and problem solving as part of a collaborative, professional, interdisciplinary team. An Indian health career offers dedicated clinicians a chance to live and work within the communities they serve and enjoy active lifestyles, including having a unique opportunity to learn about Tribal cultures and experience traditions that have been handed down for generations. Discover the many benefits of providing dental care through a respected government agency where you can bypass the substantial start-up costs and administrative headaches of running a private dental practice. You can begin providing care immediately, without having to wait to build a patient base. And at IHS, you can keep learning and growing throughout your career with specialty training (in areas such as Pediatric Dentistry, Endodontics, Oral Surgery and Dental Public Health) or transfer among our network of facilities within the 12 IHS Areas. Duties and Responsibilities As an IHS Staff Dentist, you will provide a full range of professional dental services: * Complete preliminary examinations on new dental service patients; review patients' medical and dental histories; examine the teeth and periodontium for evidence of plaque and periodontal disease; and chart all findings in the dental record. * Perform professional dental duties in connection with the treatment of commonly encountered dental disease or dental health problems requiring standard corrective, restorative or preventive measures, including Operative Dentistry, Oral Diagnosis, Periodontics, Oral Surgery, Pedodontics, Endodontics, Fixed and/or Removable Prosthodontics, Orthodontics Oral Medicine, Geriatric Dentistry and Dental Prevention. * Prepare patient treatment plans, including problem assessment and required oral hygiene care, as well as nutrition assessment and counseling and restorative and rehabilitative care possible with available resources. * Recognize and refer patients for specialty treatment as required. * Serve as an advisor to Tribal and other lay groups on all matters pertaining to oral health. This position reports to the Dental Program Director. Key Job Details * Salary Range: $104,843 - $225,000 per year. * Job Announcement Number: IHS-20-GP-10688201-DE * Pay Scale and Grade: GS 11 - 12 * Work Schedule: Full time * Appointment Type: Permanent * Applicants must be U.S. citizens. You may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with agency policy. Basic Requirements * Degree in dental surgery (DDS) or dental medicine (DMD) from a school approved by the Council on Dental Education, American Dental Association (ADA) or other dental school, provided the education and knowledge acquired was substantially equivalent to that of graduates from an ADA-approved school. * Applicants must be licensed to practice dentistry in any of the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia or Puerto Rico. For direct Tribal hire, you may be required to be licensed in the state in which you will be working. * Applicants must be able to distinguish shades of color. * Must pass a background investigation and a preemployment fingerprint check. * Selective Service Registration is required for males 18 or older. Three Career Paths An Indian health career offers three unique career paths: The civil service, working within a Tribal or Urban Indian Program or through the US Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps. Each path offers outstanding career rewards, competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package, based on your level of training and experience. Other Benefits and Programs * Loan Repayment: Among the benefits of an IHS career is the opportunity to pay off your qualified student loans through one of two Loan Repayment Program (LRP) options - the IHS LRP and the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) LRP. Each program is designed to enable a clinician to reduce his or her debt efficiently and on a set timetable. * Military Transition: If you're an experienced clinician leaving the armed forces, transitioning to an Indian health program can be an exceptionally satisfying career change. Your innate sense of adventure makes you an outstanding candidate across the entire range of Indian health career opportunities. Learn more about military transition to the civil service, working for a Tribal or Urban Indian Program or for the US Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps by visiting the IHS Dentistry site. The policy of the IHS is to provide absolute preference to qualified Indian applicants and employees who are suitable for federal employment in filling vacancies within the IHS. IHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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