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Volunteer UOP Dental Student Rotations (A & B)

Company: La Clinica de la Raza
Location: Oakland
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

This position is only available to current dental students of the University of the Pacific Arthur A Dugoni School of Dentistry, assigned to rotations at La Clinica de la Raza, Fruitvale Dental.

University of the Pacific Arthur A Dugoni Dental School

  • Community Based Practice Externship to La Clinica -

La Clinica de la Raza began as a single storefront operation in Oakland in 1971. Now it is one of the largest community-based clinics in the state of California. La Clnica has 35 sites spread across Alameda, Contra Costa and Solano Counties.

La Clnica services include: medical, dental, optical, womens health, prenatal and postnatal care, preventive medicine, health and nutrition education, adolescent services, mental health, behavioral health services, case management, referral services, pharmacy, radiology and laboratory services.

In 2019, La Clnica provided services to 91,532 patients. Dental served 32,777 patients. La Clinica is the medical/dental home for our patients.

You can learn more about La Clinica at: https://laclinica.org/about/


At La Clnica de la Raza (LCDLR), we believe access to dental care is a key component of primary health

services. In most cases, tooth decay and gum disease can be prevented with proper care and treatment.

Unfortunately, many low-income families do not have health coverage for dental care nor the means to

pay for it. To fill this gap in services, La Clnica provides low-cost preventive and general dental services

to the community.


The mission of La Clnica is to improve the quality of life of the diverse communities we serve by

providing culturally appropriate, high quality, and accessible health care for all.

As a Community Health Center Dental Department, we seek to provide quality preventive and basic

dental care to the largest number of patients that we can safely accommodate in the dental clinics.

We are guided by the following principles: Patient Education, Quality Oral Care Delivery, and Mentoring

(Students, Residents, Clinic Staff and Community Members).


To educate our patients of the importance of oral health, and its connection to systemic health; and

to empower our patients in all techniques of oral self-care.


To provide all aspects of preventive services and the highest quality restorative procedures that are

in the scope of care provided by the Dental Department.


To mentor student dentists, dental residents, dental hygienists, and dental assistants who are on

rotations or externships to our dental clinics in all aspects of clinical care delivery. To introduce the

students to public health concepts of health care delivery that is culturally and linguistically

accessible. To promote staff development and growth; as well as to inspire community members to

achieve optimal health and success in their own futures.


The philosophy of La Clnica Dental Operations is to:

Provide culturally appropriate preventive care, patient education, and basic general dental care

to the most community members feasible, while maintaining the highest standards of quality,

evidenced-based practices, and ethics.

Assure that all patients receive safe, efficient, timely, and appropriate care that is subject to

continuous quality improvement practices.

Assure that all patients being treated for the same oral problems receive the same level or quality

of care.

Maintain a high level of professional performance of providers authorized to practice in the

clinics through continuous quality improvement practices and appropriate delineation of clinical


Provide education and training in affiliation with established programs and assure that education standards are maintained.

Initiate and maintain an active and continuous quality improvement program addressing all aspects of dental practice.


La Clnica Dental Department provides basic preventive and general dental care to patients of all ages.

The primary focus of service is on Phase I care which consists of emergency services, examination and diagnosis, patient education, hygiene and preventive services, general direct restorative services, routine and surgical exodontia, routine endodontia, removable prosthodontic appliances to replace anterior teeth (i.e., stayplate), and referral to specialty services.

Keywords: La Clinica de la Raza, Oakland , Volunteer UOP Dental Student Rotations (A & B), Other , Oakland, California

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