Faculty Credentials Policy

Subject:   Faculty Credentials Policy
Effective Date:    February 1994
Revision Dates:  April 2002, September 2008, September 2015, September 2016

Purpose

To establish guidelines for managing the credentials of the faculty of the University of Washington School of Dentistry.

General Policy

Affiliate faculty of the University of Washington School of Dentistry shall be required to possess appropriate credentials in order to participate in the patient care process. Such credentials are required for either the supervision of care provided by a student (or resident), or for the direct provision of care by a faculty member.  The requirements set forth in this policy shall meet the minimum standards required by state and federal law and University policy.

Implementation

I. New Faculty Appointments

A. Basic Credentials. Appointment as a faculty member in the School of Dentistry requires a review of the individual’s basic credentials.  Faculty applicants shall be notified by the department chair of the requirement to complete the Faculty Credentialing Application (see Appendix A).  Copies of the following documents must be attached to the Faculty Credentialing Application when applicable:

  • professional and highest academic graduate degree diplomas
  • Washington state professional license(s)
  • DEA license
  • Specialty board certification
  • curriculum vitae

B. Supplemental Credentials. Faculty members who engage in the patient care process are required to comply with all applicable supplemental credentialing requirements:

The Faculty Credentialing Application and accompanying documentation must be submitted by the faculty applicant before s/he engages in didactic, preclinical or clinical instruction.  New faculty appointees, who have submitted the required credentialing application materials, are granted temporary clinical privileges during the credentialing review process.

  1. General Anesthesia and Sedation Credentials. A faculty member who administers or supervises the administration of conscious sedation with parenteral or multiple oral agents or general anesthesia must comply with authorization requirements (See WAC 246-817-701 through WAC 246-817-780).
  2. Basic Life Support Credentials. A faculty member who administers or supervises administration of local anesthesia, nitrous oxide sedation, conscious sedation, or general anesthesia must have current basic life support certification.
  3. Nitrous Oxide Credentials:Any provider administering, or supervising the administration of, nitrous oxide must comply with the continuing education requirement (WAC 246-817-740). The law states that a dentist who administers inhalation sedation to patients must participate in seven hours of continuing education or equivalent every five years.
  4. Supplemental Credentials. Faculty members who engage in the patient care process are required to comply with all applicable supplemental credentialing requirements.

II. Immunizations

All faculty are required to comply with federal and state law as well as university policy with regard to immunization for contagious disease as specified in the School of Dentistry Immunization Policy (see Appendix B).

III. Biohazardous Training

All faculty are required to comply with federal and state law as well as university policy with regard to training in the management of biohazardous materials and bloodborne pathogens (WAC 388-820-330; http://search.leg.wa.gov/pub/textsearch )

IV. Suspension of Clinic Privileges

Faculty members who do not comply with the requirements of this policy shall have clinic privileges suspended until the requirements have been met.

Appendices:    
Appendix A, Faculty Credentialing Application

Appendix B, School of Dentistry Immunization Policy

Dean of UW SOD:

Joel Berg, Dean of the UW School of Dentistry

October 18, 2016