About The Forsyth Institute
Over one hundred years ago, the Forsyth Institute was founded to provide free dental care to Boston’s poorest children. It was quickly determined that treating the ravages of dental disease was simply impossible given the limitations in knowledge of their causes and best means of prevention—thus began an exciting journey of scientific discovery. In the decades following, Forsyth’s research helped to transform the way the world understands oral health. Today, Forsyth is the only independent research institute in the United States specializing in oral health and its impact on overall wellness, including an on-site clinical practice, clinical trials, ForsythKids school program, and a convener for oral health and biotech experts. In addition to being the only affiliate of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Forsyth’s researchers partner with an array of academic institutions, hospitals, independent research institutes, and biotech and pharmaceutical companies to remain at the forefront of oral health discovery. To learn more about the Forsyth Institute, visit www.forsyth.org
Forsyth, an independent not-for-profit research organization, is located in the Kendall Square area of Cambridge, an epicenter of biotechnology. This area is also known for its numerous eclectic restaurants, shopping at the Galleria Mall, and beautiful walking paths along the Charles River.
The Dental Assistant will be an integral member of Forsyth’s on-site clinic, Forsyth Faculty Associates Dental Clinic “FFA,” supporting our patients and practice. This invigorating practice is staffed with dedicated professionals providing a variety of expertise and services to improve the health of our patients. The successful candidate will be self-motivated, collaborative, patient focused, and possess outstanding clinical skills. This full-time position reports to the Associate Director of Clinical Services.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
• Assist dentists and hygienists at chair side for all procedures
• Set up and breakdown of patient operatory - maintaining appropriate OSHA regulation standards for dentists and hygienists
• Maintain general maintenance and cleaning of clinical operations, including x-ray rooms
• Weekly cleaning and monthly maintenance of the autoclave
• Safe disposal of clinical hazardous wastes (sharps, blood, mercury, and lead)
• Taking, developing and duplication of patient x-rays and records
• Cleaning and sterilization of instruments
• Daily changing of disinfectants/ultra-sonic cleaner and other solutions
• Stock and re-stock all clinical supplies
• Ensure self-contained water units are appropriately filled each morning and during the rest of the day
• Pour models in the dental lab when needed
• Initiative - Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; Asks for and offers help when needed.
• Innovation - Generates suggestions for improving work.
• Other duties as assigned
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education, Experience, Certificates, Licenses, and Registrations
• Dental Assistant Certificate (preferably 2-year program; minimum 1-year program).
• Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university; or one to two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Must be certified to take radiographs (X-rays).
• Able to read, write and speak English.
• Able to comprehend instructions, short correspondence, and memos, as well as prepare simple and clear correspondence.
• Able to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations, e.g. patients, family members, colleagues, others.
The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk or hear and taste or smell. The employee is occasionally required to walk; sit; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to sharp instruments and moving mechanical parts. The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals and risk of radiation. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
COVID-19 Special Requirements
All Forsyth employees are required to sign Forsyth Employee Attestation – Phase 3 attesting they are free of COVID-19 symptoms and agree to comply with Forsyth COVID-19 Workplace Policies, including wearing of face coverings, frequent hand washing and maintaining social distancing. In addition, employees of Forsyth Faculty Associates Dental Clinic, are required to strictly adhere to all required Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Forsyth Faculty Associates Dental Clinic specific safety protocols, including wearing of appropriate PPE and proper sanitizing.
Forsyth provides competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits program. Qualified and interested applicants are encouraged to apply for immediate consideration.
The Forsyth Institute is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.