Dentist - Oral Surgeon

Department of Veterans Affairs
East Orange, New Jersey
Closing date
Mar 7, 2024

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Full Time
Position Type
Clarification from the agencyAll qualified candidates encouraged to apply. Open to U.S. Citizens but non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens.


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Scope of Duties:

The individual will be experienced and competent in all aspects of OMS, including but not limited to the following:

  • Dentoalveolar surgery and complex dental extractions, treatment of orofacial infections, treatment of orofacial trauma, pre-prosthetic surgery, placement of dental implants, diagnostic procedures consistent with the practice of OMS, surgical treatment of oral and maxillofacial pathosis, treatment of orofacial fractures, diagnosis, and treatment of temporomandibular dysfunction, surgical reconstruction of acquired or developmental oral-facial anomalies, treatment of functional impairments by surgical means, treatment of cosmetic defects resulting from service trauma, treatment of orthognathic deformities, and grafting procedures including harvesting of graft material consistent with the practice of OMS.
  • The individual must be proficient in assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and post-treatment care in all the above areas.
  • They must be trained and competent in providing IV conscious sedation and be certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).
  • They must manage medically complex patients, including inpatients, and perform a history and physical.
  • The individual must be proficient in assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and post-treatment care in all the above areas.
  • The individual must be able to work collegially with other dentists and physicians and should possess the skills, both interpersonal and professional, to work with residents in OMS, different dental specialties, and residents in the General Practice Residency program.
  • The scope of practice a specific provider may perform is defined through the medical center credentialing and privileging process.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8 am-4:30 pm
Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): Yes
EDRP Authorized: Contact: ,for questions/assistance
Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases
Paid Time Off: 50-55 days of paid time off per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 11 paid Federal holidays per year, and possible 5 day paid absence for CME)
Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA
Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement)
Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory
CME: Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement (must be full-time with board certification)

Dentist Basic Requirements

  • A degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery or dental medicine resulting from a course of education in dentistry. The degree must have been obtained from one of the schools approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools are (1) United States and Canadian schools of dentistry listed by the Commission on Dental Accreditation(CODA), in the list published for the year in which the course of study was completed.(2) Schools (including foreign schools) accepted by the licensing body of a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia as qualifying for full and unrestricted licensure provided the licensure requirements include a written examination measuring science achievement and a performance examination measuring clinical competence certification, and must obtain a copy of the ECFMG certificate, if claimed by the applicant. ~AND~
  • Completed, or you are currently completing, a residency program in general practice or specialty, or comparable experience as a dentist actively involved in treating medically compromised patients. ~AND~
  • Currently hold, or will hold, a current, full and unrestricted license to practice dentistry in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia. Note: Dentists must maintain current registration in the State of licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active, current licensure.
Preferred Experience: The Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon will be board certified or board eligible in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS), have earned a DDS/DMD degree, and completed an ADA accredited training program.

References: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-3 Dentist Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.


Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit:

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