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
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
You can learn more about La Clinica at: https://laclinica.org/about/
LA CLINICA DE LA RAZA DENTAL DEPARTMENT
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.
MISSION AND GUIDING PRINCIPLES
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.
QUALITY ORAL CARE DELIVERY
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.
PHILOSOPHY OF DENTAL OPERATIONS
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
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.
SCOPE OF 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.