Maxillofacial Surgical Assistant

Massachusetts General Hospital(MGH) - Boston, MA (30+ days ago)4.3

Receiving direction from the Medical Director, Chief, and Faculty and working under general direction of the Practice Manager, the incumbent is responsible for effectively communicating with the oral surgery team while assisting during all phases of the clinical sessions. Accurately prepares each room with equipment and supplies and assists with oral surgical procedures including taking vital signs, digital images and x-rays and reviewing post-operative instruction to patients.

Prepares patient for treatment; review medical and dental history and consult with medical practitioner. Conducts oral exam and takes vital signs, making appropriate notations in patient record and verbally reporting findings to physician.

Assists Oral Surgical staff with procedures and patients under local, nitrous oxide, I.V. valium and deep sedation and general anesthesia; under direct supervision of surgeon, performs extra- and intra-oral procedures (i.e. suture removal, dressing changes, irrigations, changing elastics); assists with airway maintenance during procedures, to include routine head tilt, chin lift or jaw thrust; places monitors, records data, and reports to surgeon; and documents anesthesia record.

Accurately takes impressions, bite registrations and fabricates models for pre-operative Orthognathic and trauma patients.

Exposes and develops x-rays; ensures that x-rays are of adequate diagnostic quality, duplicate x-rays as needed.

Ensures all rooms are properly stocked with instruments, forms etc.; turnovers rooms in an efficient and diligent manager (i.e. correctly decontaminates rooms) after each procedure; and cleans, sterilizes and sets up each operating room at start of clinic session.

Greets patients appropriately, verifies patient identification, seats patiently punctually and with a smile, modifies head rests to accommodate each patient, verifies pt info before surgeon enters room (i.e. falls/smoking/pain scale)

Using established written guidelines provides pre- and post-operative information to patients being admitted to Surgical Day Care Unit. (i.e. post-extraction instruction, care of wire jaw, nutritional guidelines for fracture and orthognathic patients).

Performs selected clerical tasks as needed (i.e. patient check-in, as required) and all other tasks (i.e. supply inventory and ordering) as assigned by the physicians and Practice Manager


Valid Dental Assistant license from the Board of Registration in Dentistry for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts required.

Current Certification as a Dental Assistant (CDA) or as a Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical Assistant (COMSA) by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) preferred.

Successfully obtain a DAANCE Certification of completion of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon's Office Anesthesia Assistants Program of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons within the first 12 months of employment.

Current Radiology and BLS certifications preferred


Minimum of High School diploma required

Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills (i.e. smile, positive attitude, enthusiastic to work at MGH).

Attentive to detail and situational awareness (i.e. proactive, open to feedback, respectful to both staff and patients)

Demonstrated ability to provide compassionate care to patients and effectively communicate education instructions to them.

Ability to respond appropriately to emergency situations.

Ability to conduct a brief oral exam and take appropriate x-rays.

Ability to take impressions, bite registrations and fabricate models for specific procedures.

Knowledge of Universal Precautions, Dental Radiology, aseptic techniques, chair-side assisting, basic CPR, head and neck anatomy & physiology, complications and emergencies during general anesthesia, Laser Safety topics, and surgical assistant duties for dental implant placement

Ambulatory care setting



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Primary Location
: MA-Boston-15 Parkman - MGH
Work Locations
15 Parkman - MGH
15 Parkman Avenue
Boston 02114
: Surgical Tech
: Massachusetts General Hospital(MGH)
: Full-time
Standard Hours : 40
: Day Job
Posted Shift Description : M-F 9:30am to 6pm
Employee Status
: Regular
Recruiting Department : MGH Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Job Posting
: Sep 7, 2018