Adams School of Dentistry: Policy on Affiliates

I. Introduction

A. Purpose

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-Chapel Hill) Adams School of Dentistry (ASOD) welcomes volunteers and interns, visiting scholars, or aspiring dental professionals to learn more about the School's mission and/or operations through active participation or observation. The purpose of this Policy is to establish the expectations and approval process for all ASOD Affiliates.

B. Scope 

This Policy applies to all ASOD Affiliates, as well as ASOD personnel who invite, recruit, or supervise Affiliates.

II. Definitions

  1. Affiliate: a visitor that contributes to ASOD operations and/or engages in experiential learning under the supervision of an employee. The term "Affiliate" encompasses a broad range of individuals, with the relevant categories for ASOD including Unpaid Interns, Volunteers, Visiting Scholars, and Shadow Observers. The term does not include currently enrolled School of Dentistry students, employees (including adjunct faculty members), or individuals being interviewed for admission to an Advanced Dental Education (ADE) program.
    1. Volunteer Affiliate: Individuals who offer their services without cost to ASOD and are NOT employed by ASOD.
      • Clinical Example: Give Kids a Smile volunteer.
      • Non-Clinical Example: Office volunteer.
    2. Unpaid Intern Affiliate: Individuals who meet AT LEAST ONE of the following circumstances:
      • Are currently enrolled an accredited university, college, or high school and enrolled in a program that engages in experiential learning for academic or course credit. Most common examples of this includes Dental Assisting student rotations and Project Search.
      • Are obtaining work experience that is required for professional licensure/certification under the supervision of a licensed/certified professional for a maximum of 18 months.
      • Are engaging in experiential learning in a profession under the supervision of an appropriate ASOD supervisor or manager for a maximum of 18 months.
    3. Unpaid Visiting Scholar Affiliate: Individuals who work at another academic or research institution and are visiting to work with a particular faculty/staff member on a project or teaching a new clinical skill, but do not receive a paid position.
    4. Shadow Observers: Individuals who will be observing only in an on-site, ASOD clinical area, with no access to sensitive clinical areas (instrumentation, processing, charting, etc.), for a maximum of 8 calendar days.
  2. Sponsor: Department Chair, Administrative Head, or an appointed designee who will be the "supervisor" of the Affiliate.
  3. Minor: an individual under the age of eighteen (18).

III. Policy

ASOD must ensure that visits by Affiliates are conducted in a manner that:

  1. protects the health, safety, and privacy of our patients and our personnel;
  2. complies with all applicable UNC-Chapel Hill policies and procedures; and
  3. does not unduly burden business operations.

IV. Procedure

General Affiliates

  1. All proposed visits by Affiliates must first be approved by the Department Chair, Administrative Head, or designee, which will act as the sponsor for the specific division or clinic. Due to stringent limitations by UNC-Chapel Hill, under no circumstances may a minor be approved for a visit as an Affiliate.
  2. It is recommended that this process be initiated at least three weeks prior to the scheduled visit (for international visitors, please allow up to three months). For more details on this approval process, including the required forms, visit the UNC-Chapel Hill Policy on Unpaid Volunteers, Interns, and Visiting Scholars.
  3. Sponsor will:
    • Select the appropriate "Affiliate Packet." Guided process can be accessed via:
    • Complete the first page of the packet and send to Affiliate.
    • Affiliate completes remaining packet and sends back to Sponsor.
    • Sponsor reviews packet, completes any additional information, signs on each appropriate page, and submit information through Connect Carolina. 
  4. Sponsor is responsible for ensuring that the Affiliate fulfills the applicable requirements contained in the packet AND for supervising the Affiliates visit at all times.
  5. If Affiliate will be in a clinical setting and/or providing any clinical care, the Affiliate will be required to submit the Immunization & Certification Attestation to the Director of Clinical Compliance.
  6. Affiliates are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times. Failure to do so will result in termination of the affiliation

Postdoctoral (ADE Program) Clinical Observational Externships

Affiliates who intend to visit an Advanced Dental Education (ADE) Program or assist with Research may need additional approvals. Applications must be reviewed by the Associate Dean for ADE, in consultation with the Program Director for the specialty area. Additional trainings required not listed on the Affiliate Packets include:

  • EHS Bloodborne Pathogens Training
  • EHS Tuberculosis Awareness and Infection Control Training
  • Any laboratory training required by the Department of Oral & Craniofacial Health Sciences, as applicable.

V. Related Requirements

A. External Regulations and Consequences

  1. UNC-Chapel Hill Policy on Unpaid Interns, Volunteers, and Visiting Scholars
  2. UNC-Chapel Hill HIPAA Training Policy and Procedure
  3. UNC-Chapel Hill Environment, Health and Safety Manual - Chapter 01.11: EHS Management System - Enforcement of Training and Medical Surveillance
  4. UNC-Chapel Hill ITS Security Training and Compliance
  5. UNC-Chapel Hill HIPAA Training
  6. UNC-Chapel Hill Bloodborne Pathogens Training
  7. UNC-Chapel Hill Tuberculosis Awareness and Infection Control Training

B. Unit Policies, Standards, and Procedures

  1. Adams School of Dentistry CPR Policy

VI. Contact Information

Topic Contact Contact Info

General Questions about the Policy
OHR Approval

ASOD Human Resources

HIPAA Training ASOD [Interim] Privacy Liaison
Immunization Review, TB Testing, & Flu Shots ASOD Director of Clinical Compliance
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Article ID: 131281
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Responsible Unit
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Adams School of Dentistry
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Director of Clinical Compliance
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