Clinical Assistant Professor -Orthodontist - College of Dental Medicine Illinois - Military Veterans

at Midwestern University

Downers Grove, Illinois

The CDMI curriculum comprises integrated oral health and basic sciences emphasizing knowledge, skills and values in clinical areas and disciplines (e.g. Orthodontics, Operative Dentistry, Periodontics, etc.) as required for pre-doctoral education in general comprehensive dentistry.

The Full-time Clinical Faculty (Orthodontic Focus), is responsible for the clinical instruction of pre-doctoral students, direct provision of patient care, peripheral oversight of day to day clinic operations, and contribution to the development of the CDMI curriculum and faculty calibration, as assigned.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Pre-doctoral clinical dental education at the College of Dental Medicine – Illinois (CDMI) is based on a General Dentistry model largely supported by generalist faculty, and also supplemented by Dental Specialists and General Dentists with specific and advanced training and skills in the various disciplines of Dentistry

The Full-time Clinical Faculty (Orthodontic Focus) performs the following functions, included but not limited to:

Patient Care

  • Provide direct patient care within the scope of practice, with a focus on Orthodontics.
  • Supervise the safe provision of patient care treatment by pre-doctoral dental students.
  • Ensure that the care provided is comprehensive, patient-centered, interdisciplinary, based on evidence and occurs in a compassionate manner.
  • Oversee the provision of urgent care that ensures patient stabilization and pain relief
  • Prevent and intervene to resolve patient management issue When necessary, issue recommendations for dismissal of patients, based upon College protocols and ensuring that due process has been followed

Clinic Operations and Quality Improvement

  • Contribute to managing the operational aspects of the General Dentistry clinic, maintaining and promoting an environment of high efficiency with emphasis on maximizing chair utilization, patient account collections, prevention of unallocated items, material efficiency
  • Ensure an optimal faculty: student ratio.
  • Ensure compliance with federal, state, local, and University/College protocols (e. OSHA, HIPAA, Infection Control and Clinic Manuals, etc.),
  • Contribute to faculty standardization in the provision of care that follows the CDMI standards of care and other pr
  • Actively participate in continuous quality improvement (CQI) strategies such as the review of clinical records and audits of patient care progress, review of various clinical reports (e.g., unapproved, unassigned, overdue patients, clinical threshold, etc.) and make treatment modifications when necessary. Assess treatment outcomes and promote a non-punitive environment that strives to prevent adverse treatment outcomes.

Clinical Education

  • Participate in course-related activities, including course coordination when appropriate
  • Provide clinical Instruction, feedback and assessment for students
  • Monitor student attendance at clinical sessions, and address all compliance-related issues, as appropriate
  • Interact with students and faculty members as required to monitor and assess student performance. Provide effective feedback and prescribe and coordinate on-going remedial actions as the situation demands.
  • Utilize and share EHR-generated reports to monitor student clinical activity within the area of General Dentistry and often specific to Orthodontics
  • Prepare and provide pertinent information regarding student progress as requested by the Clinical Program Director, Associate Dean of Clinical Education, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, the Dean and others.

At all times and in all situations, the Full-time Clinical Faculty (Orthodontic Focus) must demonstrate excellent communication skills and collegial behavior with faculty, staff, students and patients.

Reporting Relationship

The Full-time Clinical Faculty (Orthodontic Focus) reports to the Associate Dean, Clinical Education

Working Relationships

The Full-time Clinical Faculty (Orthodontic Focus) interacts significantly with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Associate Dean for Preclinical Education and the Associate Dean for Clinical Education. Additionally, the Full-time Clinical Faculty with a focus on Orthodontics must communicate effectively with all faculty and support staff including Administrative Assistants, Practice Assistants, Clinical Supervisors and Technicians.

Supervisory Responsibilities

This job has no supervisory responsibilities.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Must be able to work in a constant state of alertness and safe manner and have regular, predictable, in-person attendance. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

Candidates must possess a DDS/DMD degree or equivalent, and a certificate of postgraduate training focused on Orthodontics. Candidates must be licensed, or be eligible for licensure to practice in the State of Illinois. Preference will be given to those with previous experience in dental education. The successful candidate will be an individual with excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to effectively interact with students, faculty and patients.

Computer Skills

Computer proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook), ability to learn the axiUm (or other) Electronic Health Record, and related programs.

Other Skills Required

The Full-time Clinical Faculty (Orthodontic Focus) should possess the following skills:

  • Clinical skills consistent with those of a proficient practicing clinician within the specialty domain
  • Interpersonal skills, including active listening, clear and respectful communications
  • A patient-centered focus, demonstrated by striving to provide a high level of professional service, taking into account the patient’s individual needs and working with the patient in a positive, amicable and professional manner.
  • Student focused, demonstrated by the ability to work with students in a positive and professional manner. Able to teach the student, individually and in groups, taking into account individual learning styles, level of experience and prior knowledge
  • Cultural competence, demonstrated by interacting effectively with individuals from a variety of cultures with recognition of their cultural norms.
  • Collegiality, demonstrated by showing respect for colleagues, both faculty and student doctor
  • Effective time management
  • Receptiveness to feedback, willingness to learn and embracing continuous improvement
  • Patience
  • Intermediate computer skills

Applicants may send inquiries to Rebecca Siscel, DDS: Associate Dean of Clinical Education of the Dental Institute Midwestern University Illinois at

Language Skills

High skills: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information to top management, and boards of directors.

Reasoning Ability

High skills: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.

Mathematical Ability

High skills: Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here 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 occasionally required to stand. The employee is regularly required to walk; reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to sit, use hands to handle, feel, and perform fine motor activities; talk and hear. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close and distance vision.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This position is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles and regularly exposed to outdoor weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Midwestern University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not discriminate against an employee or applicant based upon race; color; religion; creed; national origin or ancestry; ethnicity; sex (including pregnancy); gender (including gender expressions, gender identity; and sexual orientation); marital status; age; disability; citizenship; past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services; genetic information; or any other protected class, in accord with all federal, state and local laws, including 41 C.F.R. 60-1.4(a), 250.5(a), 300.5(a) and 741.5(a). Midwestern University complies with the Smoke-Free Arizona Act (A.R.S. 36-601.01) and the Smoke Free Illinois Act (410 ILCS 82/). Midwestern University complies with the Illinois Equal Pay Act of 2003 and Arizona Equal Pay Acts.

Downers Grove, Illinois

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