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IHS Dental Externships

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Insight into a Meaningful Career

If you're a third-year dental student in search of a rewarding and unique training opportunity, an IHS dental externship will give you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that could lead to a career as an Indian health dental professional. During the summer before your final year of dental school, you will gain valuable clinical experience in an Indian health facility while developing your clinical skills under expert supervision and contributing to an interdisciplinary team of health care professionals. The knowledge you’ll gain about the advantages of public health dentistry will enable you to make an informed career choice in the months before graduation from dental school.

In addition, you'll have a chance to decide whether or not living an adventurous outdoor lifestyle, working in a non-typical clinical setting, mentorship by experienced staff and an opportunity to provide much-needed care to a diverse population is your calling. You’ll discover that an Indian health career offers you a chance to work in state-of-the-art facilities with excellent pay, benefits and an opportunity to apply for loan repayment, as well as job stability and potential career advancement.

If you’re interested in learning more, our Dental Externship Program Fact Sheet provides an overview of the program, including eligibility, application and participation information.


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