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IHS Division of Oral Health Dental Externship Program

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If you are wondering whether a career with the Indian Health Service (IHS) Division of Oral Health (DOH) or a position at a specific IHS or Tribal site is right for you, an IHS externship will give you the experience to help make your decision.

You will have the opportunities to work in the state-of-the-art facilities, in a career position with excellent pay and benefits, Loan Repayment Program, job stability, potential for advancement and mentoring by experienced staff, and the opportunity to provide much-needed care to appreciative patients. Begin your adventure now by exploring the diverse professional, geographic and cultural experiences that many IHS dentists say have made their careers the envy of their peers.

Dental students in the Class of 2015 are welcome to apply for an IHS Dental Externship during the open application season January 2, 2014 to February 28, 2014. Remember that applications and selections are rolling and applying well before the deadline is recommended. Visit www.dentist.ihs.gov regularly to view the "Latest News" to learn about upcoming Web Forums and updates about the externship program.

During the 2013 Dental Externship Program, 26 Indian Health Service Sites accepted 107 dental externs from 41 different US Dental School. Although the application will close on February 28th, preceptors can make a selection at any time after January 2nd and usually complete all their selections by Late March. Here is a list of sites that accepted dental externs in 2013. [PDF - 252KB]

Applications for 2014 are now closed. Class of 2016, please return here on January 2, 2015 to apply.