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Northeast Regional Board (NERB)

NERB - Candidate Information

To:  Dental Hygiene NERB Information

NERB Exam - Saturday March 15 and Sunday March 16, 2014

Each of you who participate in the Northeast Regional Board examination at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry is very important to us.  The team members of Patient Services, Auxiliary Services (Dispensing, Central Sterilization) and Dental Stores value you as a customer and strive toward achieving a common goal of providing you with the best possible instrumentation and service.

In addition to being our customer we also look upon you as a team member with a specific role to follow as an exam participant.  Your role is an understanding of the guidelines on how we do business at this site.  Take a few moments to read the following NERB facility information and familiarize yourself with its contents.  Without your total cooperation and understanding of our operational guidelines we cannot be expected to provide you with the best possible service.

We understand the importance of this exam to you and look forward to serving your instrument and consumable needs during your time with us. 

Sincerely,

Dr. Stephen J. Stefanac
Senior Associate Dean and Associate Dean for Patient Services

Gary Sweier
Administrative Specialist,
Manager, Auxiliary Services

 

DRIVING DIRECTIONS AND PARKING:
See our website for driving directions and visitor parking information at the School of Dentistry.

LOCAL ACCOMMODATIONS:
Due to scheduled University and local events we suggest you call in advance to make reservations if you plan on staying in Ann Arbor over night prior to the examination. These are just a few of the many hotels in the Ann Arbor area. For additional hotel information, click here: Trip Advisor/Ann Arbor Hotels

Central Campus:
Campus Inn, 615 E.  Huron St., (734) 769-2200 (2 blocks from the school)
Michigan League, 911 N. University, 734) 764-3177 (across the street from the school)
Bell Tower Hotel, 300 South Thayer Street, (734) 769-3010

Other Local Accommodations:
Motel 6, 3764 S.  State Rd., (734) 665-9900  (3 miles from school)           
Red Roof Inn, 3621 Plymouth Rd, (734) 996-5800  (4 miles from school)
Hampton Inn North, 2300 Green Rd., (734) 996-4444 (4 miles from school)
Comfort Inn, 2455 Carpenter Rd., (734) 973-6100  (3 miles from school)

Visiting Ann Arbor:
The City of Ann Arbor has many points of interest from shopping and restaurants to the vibrant University campus.  The Ann Arbor Chamber of Commerce website is an excellent tool to use for planning your visit.

www.ci.ann-arbor.mi.us/

FACILITY FEE:
All non-U of M dental student candidates participating in the Northeast Regional Board Clinical Examination at this site are assessed a $300.00 facility fee.

External dental hygiene candidates participating in the Northeast Regional Board Clinical Examination at this site are assessed a $150.00 facility fee.

The facility fee must be paid at least 3 days prior to the start of the exam.  External candidates will not be allowed to start the exam until their facility fee has been paid in full. 

Payment of the facility fee can be made either in person during a site visit or over the telephone and is accepted at Dental Stores located in the basement of the Dental Building. Mastercard, Visa, Discover Card and American Express are accepted.  No personal checks.

Contact Dental Stores by dialing (734) 764-1551.

In addition to the facility fee, all external candidates who plan on utilizing instrumentation belonging to the School of Dentistry will complete a contract for loan instruments and leave a $500.00 security deposit (typically pre-authorized from your credit card).

INSTRUMENTS and CONSUMABLE MATERIALS:
Candidates should furnish their own handpieces, instruments and cavitron when possible.

All items (W&H high-speed, STAR slow-speed, Midwest RDH handpiece, amalgamator, curing light, cavitron, cavitron tips - S, R, L, BT, burs, instruments, etc.) are available from the dispensing desk.  We are happy to provide these items to you for use but encourage external candidates to bring their own equipment and materials only because it is what they are most familiar with using.

Blood pressure cuffs are available from the dispensary upon request.

Consumable products necessary for the exam to include gloves, masks, saliva ejectors, prophy materials and restorative materials are stocked into the cubicle.

Additional consumable products and materials needed for the examination are available from the dispensing desk.  For a complete list of items available from dispensing click here.

Disposable air water syringe tips are stocked into the cubicle along with saliva ejectors and HVE tips.

All supplies for the manikin portion of the NERB exam including the metal helmet and rubber mask are also provided.

IMPORTANT:  It will not be necessary for candidates to send instruments or the metal bracket tray from the dental unit with your patient to the grading area.  The School of Dentistry will supply these items to the NERB.

CLINIC EQUIPMENT:
Each dental chair has an operator stool.  Assistant stools are available throughout the clinic.  All dental chairs are equipped with an A-dec air/water syringe, a saliva ejector and HVE.

The dental chair has a touch pad for adjusting the height and position of the chair.  The water connection for ultrasonic scaling units is located on the base of the dental chair below the back of the chair. 

The dental light and bracket tray swivels to either the left or right side of the chair to accommodate the provider.

The dental unit contains one dedicated fiber-optic line for high-speed, and one dedicated single line non-fiber optic for low-speed.

Damage or loss of University property will result in appropriate deduction of the cost of the item(s) from the candidates security deposit.  If the amount owed exceeds the amount of the security deposit the candidate will be responsible for paying the difference.

RETURNING ITEMS TO THE DISPENSING AREA:
All instruments and equipment procured from the dispensing desk must be returned immediately after conclusion of the examination.

Items used for patient care must be returned to the “contaminated delivery window” of the dispensing area.

Providers will be requested to wipe down all blue totes, amalgamators, curing lights and ultrasonic scalers with a disinfectant towelette.

REPAIRS TO EQUIPMENT DURING THE EXAMINATION:
If you experience mechanical problems with your assigned dental unit during the exam, the School of Dentistry provides on-site repair service.  Repair technicians typically walk through the clinics during the exam.  If a repair technician is not readily available then proceed to the clinic telephone and follow the posted procedure for paging a repair person directly to your assigned cubicle.

STERILIZATION SERVICES:
Instrument sterilization services are available at the Central Sterilization Unit on the second floor.  Just take your instruments to the "contaminated instrument" delivery window at the dispensing desk and request your instruments to be sterilized.  It will take 1 hour to wash, bag and sterilize your instruments.

We highly recommend you have your instruments sterilized prior to leaving this site.

INFECTION CONTROL:
Each cubicle in the clinic is supplied with a spray bottle for disinfectant (Cavicide) and a canister of disinfectant towelettes. 

Cavicide spray is used to clean the large surface areas of the cubicle such as the counter-top, dental chair and operator stool.  The disinfectant towelettes are used to clean the surfaces of the cubicle not conducive to spray such as the light handles, switches, hose lines, drawer pulls, etc.  The towelettes should also be used to wipe down the amalgamator, curing light, cavitron unit and the tote they are stored in.

Barriers to include blue wrap, papers for the counter top, head rest covers, patient napkins with disposable napkin chains and large plastic sleeves for the bracket tray are located in each clinic.  Plastic sleeves for the saliva ejector and air/water syringe are located in the cubicle.  The plastic sleeves are secured to the air/water syringe and saliva ejector using an ortho elastic also provided in the cubicle.

Disposable safety glasses will be provided for your patient.  These are available at the dispensing desk.

IMPORTANT:
Candidates not cleaning their work area after the exam will be reported to the NERB, assessed a "clean-up fee" by the School of Dentistry and appropriately billed $50.00 for this service. 

SEATING ASSIGNMENTS and CLINIC LOCATION:
Cubicle assignments for NERB dentistry candidates are determined by the Office of Patient Services and will be posted in the area of the dispensing desk on either the second or third floor of the dental building, depending on which floor the exam is assigned to.  Candidate orientation will take place in a designated lecture hall located on the “Ground” floor of the dental building.

Signs are posted on the main entrance into the dental building and in the elevator lobbies indicating location of the exam and orientation.

DO NOT remove the paper nameplate inside the plastic holder in the cubicle.

DO NOT insert your NERB candidate card inside the plastic cubicle plate in your assigned cubicle. 

ENTERING THE BUILDING:
The dental building is open at 6:00 a.m. the day of the exam.

We ask that you enter and exit the dental building from the plaza (level "P") of the Fletcher Street parking structure. 

A staff person will be monitoring the plaza entrance to let all external NERB candidates into the building (on weekends only).

For security purposes the building is not unlocked during the day on weekends.

PATIENTS:
Dentistry and Dental Hygiene candidates are responsible to provide their own patients for the NERB exam. 

Upon their arrival at the school, all exam patients are asked to check-in at the information desk on the floor of the exam.

Candidates need to bring printed copies of their patient's x-rays to the exam.

Prior to the start of the exam, all NERB candidates are required to have their patient complete a consent form for patient treatment exclusive to the School of Dentistry.

This form is for School of Dentistry use only and is not part of the exam.

Place the completed form on top of the medicament cabinet.  The form will be picked up in your cubicle by a representative from the Office of Patient Services during the exam. 

LUNCH:
There are many eateries in close proximity to the dental school.  Wendy's is located across Fletcher Street in the basement of the Michigan League.  There are many restaurants located on State Street only 3 blocks from the school down North University Avenue.

Vending machines are located inside the dental building in the ground floor and basement cafeteria areas.