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Want to know what’s going on at the Indian Health Service (IHS)? View our latest newsletter or click on a volume below to read a past issue.

March 2013
IHS Dental Impressions Vol. 10, Issue 2 In this issue of IHS Dental Impressions: Learn how to successfully make the transition from an urban to rural Indian health dental facility. Meet Dr. Janet Sedlack, a former Wall Street economist now serving as a staff dentist in Crow Agency, MT, who made a career transition in more ways than one. What’s more, learn about loan repayment opportunities and check out our new Facebook page.

December 2012
IHS Dental Impressions Vol. 10, Issue 1 In this issue of IHS Dental Impressions: Read about the Dental Externship Program for Class of 2014 dental students; meet Dr. Jeffrey Holland, 2010 DOH extern and learn about Indian health dental career opportunities and loan repayment options.

March 2012
IHS Dental Impressions Vol. 9, Issue 2 In this issue of IHS Dental Impressions: Read about our long-term training opportunities and continuing dental education courses; learn about IHS and NHSC Loan Repayment Program opportunities; meet Dr. Justin Sikes, one of the IHS residents currently in long-term training; and find out where dental recruiters will be on the recruiting trail in 2012.

December 2011
IHS Dental Impressions Vol. 9, Issue 1 In this issue of IHS Dental Impressions: Read about how you can prepare to apply for a job with the IHS DOH as well as how Class of 2013 dental students can apply to the 2012 Dental Externship Program; learn about IHS and NHSC Loan Repayment Program opportunities; meet Dr. Abby Shannon from the Sisseton/Wahpeton Service Unit in Sisseton, SD; and find out where dental recruiters will be on the recruiting trail in 2012.

August 2011
IHS Dental Impressions Vol. 8, Issue 4 The Indian Health Service (IHS) Division of Oral Health (DOH) Externship Program welcomes the Class of 2013 to apply for its 2012 Dental Externship Program beginning January 3, 2012. This program provides dental students with valuable public health dentistry experience serving medically underserved populations in some of the most beautiful areas of the county. Don’t miss the chance to pursue the opportunity, adventure and purpose that an externship can offer.

July 2011
IHS Dental Impressions Vol. 8, Issue 3 The Indian Health Service (IHS) Division of Oral Health (DOH) Externship Program introduces dental students to the world of public health dentistry. Read how Dr. Paul Schulz and Dr. Brandy Larson have introduced a growing number of dental students in the states of Minnesota and Iowa to the benefits of a career with the IHS DOH.

April 2011
IHS Dental Impressions Vol. 8, Issue 2 The Indian Health Service (IHS) Division of Oral Health (DOH) offers outstanding employment opportunities for graduating dentists and dental hygienists, but there are a limited number of openings. It’s not too late apply! Learn more about the financial stability of a government career offering competitive salaries, generous benefits and loan repayment options.

Get To Know Us - Read about Drs. Bob and Thomas Allen, father and son dentists who have made working for IHS DOH a family affair.

February 2011
IHS Dental Impressions Vol. 8, Issue 1 The Indian Health Service (IHS) Division of Oral Health (DOH) offers outstanding employment opportunities for graduating dentists and dental hygienists, but there are a limited number of openings. Now is the time to apply! Learn more about the financial stability of a government career with competitive salaries, generous benefits and loan repayment.

March 2010
IHS Dental Impressions Vol. 7, Issue 1 The Indian Health Service (IHS) Division of Oral Health (DOH) takes an innovative step to address early childhood caries in the American Indian and Alaska Native population. Learn more about the Early Childhood Caries Initiative, a powerful new public health partnership launched by IHS DOH.

October 2009
IHS Dental Impressions Vol. 6, Issue 4 Are you considering a career with IHS and are in need of loan repayment assistance? Now there are two loan repayment program options available to dentists and dental hygienists - the IHS Loan Repayment Program and another being offered for a limited time through the National Health Service Corps. Learn more about the awards and application requirements of each in this issue of Dental Impressions.

February 2009
IHS Dental Impressions Vol. 6, Issue 3 Access to dental care is a significant problem for many underserved people and communities in this country. Richard Valachovic, D.M.D, Executive Director of the American Dental Education Association, discusses immediate and long term solutions and the opportunities for dental students to serve in-need patients and communities.

September 2008
IHS Impressions, Volume 6, Issue 2 Dentists Discover the IHS Advantage. Lydia Winters, DDS, Justin Sikes, DDS and Courtney Sikes, DDS discuss how IHS meets their professional and personal goals and enjoy living in some of the most beautiful areas of the country.

March 2008
IHS Impressions, Volume 5, Issue 4 Thinking about the next steps for your professional career? Two recently hired dentists, LT Danielle “Dani” Barstad, DDS and LCDR Brian Talley, DMD share why they selected a career with IHS. Read how working for IHS affords them the opportunity to increase their clinical skills while benefiting patients who are truly appreciative of their service. Find out how to apply on our new IHS Dental WebEx Forum.

December 2007
IHS Impressions, Volume 5, Issue 3 Explore the dental career opportunities with IHS and the US Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps. Follow the exciting career path of CDR Lynn Van Pelt, DMD, the newest member of the IHS Division of Oral Health’s dental recruitment team, as she candidly discusses the challenges and rewards of providing quality dentistry to an underserved population.

September 2007
IHS Impressions, Volume 5, Issue 2 Experience the Extraordinary – IHS Externships. Gain insight about an IHS externship through the perspective of three externs, who share their clinical and personal experiences, and CAPT Jose Rodriguez, DDS, Dental Director at Pine Ridge Indian Hospital ND.

April 2007
IHS Impressions, Volume 5, Issue 1 What is an ordinary day for an IHS dental professional? Well, it depends on who you ask. In this issue of IHS Impressions, two IHS dentists – LT Ben Brown, DDS and Cynthia Edwards, DDS and an IHS hygienist, LCDR Colleen White, MPH describe what it’s like to work in IHS facilities and live among Native people.

January 2007
IHS Impressions, Volume 4, Issue 4 “It is the place to be involved,” CAPT Timothy Lozon, DDS says. “For anything new going on at IHS DOH, this is the avenue through which we’ll convey it to people.” Recognizing the need to reach dental students in new and more convenient ways, the IHS DOH launches new communication channels exclusively for dental students.

October 2006
IHS Impressions, Volume 4, Issue 3 RADM Christopher G. Halliday, DDS, MPH, Chief Dental Officer for USPHS and Director of the IHS Division of Oral Health (DOH), discusses the challenges facing public health dentistry today and in the future.

April 2006
Imagine Your Ideal Career, Volume 4, Issue 2 For IHS dental professionals, public health means doing as much as you can for as many people as you can, one step at a time. In this issue, CDR Mary Beth Johnson, DDS, CDR Michael Cadieux and LT Torrey Darkenwald, RDH discuss the rewards of caring for American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities.

February 2006
Imagine Your Ideal Career, Volume 4, Issue 1 How do IHS dentists measure success? Can you put a value on fulfilling a mission and purpose? In this issue, CDR Timothy L. Ricks, DMD, MPH; CDR Jim H. Webb, DDS; CAPT Timothy Lozon, DDS; and CAPT Linda Jackson, DDS explain why “IHS Dentists Go Beyond the Routine!”

November 2005
Imagine Your Ideal Career, Volume 3, Issue 4 The experience gained during an IHS externship goes beyond just developing clinical skills. In this issue, CAPT Jose Rodriguez, DDS, Chief of the Service/Unit Dental Program at Pine Ridge Indian Hospital, ND, and Gary Vitaletti, DMD, MA, Clinical Associate Professor at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey tell both sides of the story.

August 2005
Imagine Your Ideal Career, Volume 3, Issue 3 Throughout the school year, CAPT Timothy Lozon, DDS, Deputy Director of the Division of Oral Health, travels the country meeting with dental students. In this issue, Dr. Lozon answers many of the frequently asked questions and offers tips on applying for the IHS Student Loan Repayment Program (LRP) and student externship opportunities.

November 2004
Imagine Your Ideal Career, Volume 3, Issue 1 Travel. Clinical Experience. Adventure — Just some of what you can expect when you choose an externship with IHS. Eric Steinbicker, Joe Stalmaster and Katie Byun, three of the 80 students who took advantage of this unique opportunity last summer, share some of their experiences in this issue.

August 2004
Imagine Your Ideal Career, Volume 2, Issue 4 No doubt about it — the best way to learn about the many rewarding opportunities at the IHS DOH is an in-person discussion with an IHS recruiter. In this issue, learn how to schedule a Lunch & Learn with an IHS Recruiter as well as why it’s important to apply early for an IHS externship.

May 2004
Imagine Your Ideal Career, Volume 2, Issue 3 Take advantage of the incredible opportunity IHS and specific individual facilities offer to pay down -- or completely pay off-- your student loans! Dr. Tim Lozon describes the loan repayment programs that are available to those who come to work for IHS, including the national LRP and the Supplemental Loan Repayment Program (SLRP).

March 2004 and Prior
Imagine Your Ideal Career, Volume 2, Issue 1 Eric Lamont Mack, a fourth-year dental student at the University of Texas, Houston Dental Branch, and Kevin Chin, a fourth-year dental student at the State University of New York, discuss their decisions to be part of the IHS externship program and the unique professional and personal experiences offered by the program.

Imagine Your Ideal Career, Volume 1, Issue 3 CAPT Tim Lozon, DDS, Deputy Director of the DOH, describes working for IHS and dispels some of the myths and misconceptions he often hears from students during his campus recruitment events.

Imagine Your Ideal Career, Volume 1, Issue 1 This issue will give you insight into what it means to be an IHS DOH employee. Joining IHS can enrich your career and your life. Read what doctors Dan and Kristi Newton, newlyweds and recent grads, have to say about their work and lifestyle as IHS dentists in Fort Defiance, AZ.

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