Clinical Instructor - Dental Hygiene, Memphis

University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Memphis, TN

ID: 7077563
Posted: April 22, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The Department of Dental Hygiene in the College of Dentistry at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center seeks applicants for a full-time, non-tenure track Clinical and Supervising Dentistry Instructor position. Teaching and patient care duties involved within the clinical instruction and supervision of dental hygiene students. The supervising dentist will be expected to assume the role of a clinical educator and will support the dental hygiene faculty in seeking opportunities to enrich the clinical education of dental hygiene students. Responsibilities for the position are as follows:

Be present during assigned clinic periods until all patients are dismissed.
Interpret questions related to patient medical histories and order medical consults as needed for individual patient
Review with individual students systemic diseases which have an effect on oral conditions, or which cause dental hygiene treatment to be modified.
Make the final decisions when there is a medically related question influencing a decision to treat or not treat a patient in the dental hygiene clinic.
Make the final decision, when there is a question, regarding the need for prophylactic antibiotic therapy for individual patients.
​​​​​​​Prescribe medications such as antibiotic prophylaxis for dental hygiene patients, as needed.
Examine all patients who receive dental hygiene services and construct, as necessary, a dental treatment plan, informing the patient of the proposed treatment and gaining the patient’s informed consent. Discuss with the patients the rationale, risk, and options for additional treatment deemed necessary. Refer the patient to the Office of Clinical Affairs for assignment.
Approve and interpret radiographs as needed.
Verify and diagnose all soft and hard tissue pathology as charted by students.
Review oral pathology with individual students as they identify oral anomalies.
Approve dental sealants as needed.
Arrange consultations with appropriate dental specialist when necessary, interpret the specialist’s response and present it to the patient.
Administer local anesthesia as needed for scaling and root planning procedures performed by junior dental hygiene students.
Review with students the anatomy of the head and neck while giving injections when appropriate.
Review pharmacology by explaining why a particular anesthetic is chosen.
Administer nitrous oxide analgesia as needed for procedures performed by junior dental hygiene students.
Review with students potential medical emergencies which might occur as a result of this procedure.
Review with students the guidelines for monitoring patient response to nitrous oxide analgesia.
Work with dental hygiene faculty in the implementation and evaluation of the clinical education component of the curriculum.


Minimum requirements are a DDS/DMD degree from a CODA-accredited dental school, eligibility for licensure in Tennessee, and five years of private or military dental practice experience.

Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to and knowledge of equal employment opportunity and affirmative action.

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is the flagship statewide, public, academic health institution in Tennessee. Founded in 1911, the mission of the University of Tennessee Health Science is to improve the health and well-being of Tennesseans and the global community by fostering integrated, collaborative, and inclusive education, research, scientific discovery, clinical care, and public service. Employing more than 4,600 people on its faculty, staff, and not-for-profit corporation faculty practice groups, and with more than 3,200 students across the state, UTHSC contributes $4 billion to the economy of Tennessee.

Part of the University of Tennessee System, the Health Science Center is headquartered in Memphis and includes all six of UT’s doctoral-degree-granting health science colleges -- Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, Graduate Health Sciences, and Health Professions. UTHSC spans the state with its four major, regional clinical health science locations in Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Nashville, as well as more than 100 clinical education sites across Tennessee. UTHSC is the largest educator of health care professionals in the state and operates the state’s largest residency and fellowship advanced training programs.

Located in West Tennessee on the banks of the Mississippi River, Memphis is the second-largest city in the state and among the largest cities in the Southeast. The Greater Memphis metropolitan area has more than 1.3 million residents, and the city ranks among those with the lowest cost of living in the country. It is home to a vibrant restaurant scene, a revitalized Downtown, the Midtown Arts District, many scenic neighborhoods, an active medical district, and a burgeoning airport in the midst of a $214 million modernization.

Memphis boasts attractions, including Elvis Presley’s Graceland, the Memphis Grizzlies, historic Beale Street, the National Civil Rights Museum, the second-largest urban county park in the United States, and the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest.


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