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Dental professionals seeking a career in Indian health share similar values and perspectives that set the stage for successful careers and fulfilling lives. There are a variety of facilities using state of the art equipment in urban, rural and often remote health stations, clinics and hospitals that need dental professionals like you.

Depending on your lifestyle preference and family situation, you can decide which location, community, facility and career path matches your personal and professional needs — both on a daily basis and for the long term.

Dental health professionals have a choice of three distinct Indian health career paths including federal civil service, direct Tribal hire and as an officer with the US Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps. Each path offers outstanding career rewards, competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package, based on your level of training and experience. No matter which path you choose, a career in Indian health offers positions to meet your specific needs for professional opportunity, personal adventure and a greater purpose in life.

Among the outstanding benefits is the opportunity to pay off your qualified student loans through one of two Loan Repayment Program (LRP) options — the IHS LRP and the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) LRP. Each program is designed to enable a clinician to reduce his or her debt efficiently and on a set timetable. In this way, you may focus on meeting the more important challenges of a new assignment head-on. This benefit is just one element of the impressive compensation packages available through an Indian health career.

And if you're an experienced clinician leaving the armed forces, you may find that transitioning to an Indian health program can be an exceptionally satisfying career change. Your innate sense of adventure makes you an outstanding candidate across the entire range of Indian health career opportunities. Learn more about military transition to the civil service, as a direct Tribal hire or the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.

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