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Quarterly Newsletter Vol. 5, Issue 4
IHS Dental Career Focus —
Meet Danielle Barstad, DDS and Brian Talley, DMD

The staff of Impressions talked with two recently hired dentists, Dr. Danielle “Dani” Barstad and Dr. Brian Talley, both of whom have chosen a dental career with Indian Health Service (IHS).

LT Danielle “Dani” Barstad, DDS

LT Danielle “Dani”
Barstad, DDS

Graduated From: The University of Chicago
in 2004

IHS Career Path: Commissioned Corps

Where Dani Works: The Hopi Health Care Center in Polacca, Arizona, on the Hopi reservation. She’s been there for 3 ½ years. The oldest continuously inhabited community in the US is on this reservation.

Why Dani Chose an IHS Career

The Opportunities: Dani was attracted to the commissioned corps since it offered her many benefits that she hopes to take advantage of, including a residency program where you can earn a salary during your training. She also loves to travel and she was able to take time off to enjoy a trip to Nepal while not having to worry about the day to day operations of the clinic. Read the full article »

    LCDR (04) Brian Talley, DMD

LCDR (04) Brian Talley, DMD

Graduated From: The University of Mississippi School of Dentistry, 2002

IHS Career Path: Commissioned Corps

Where Brian Works: The Southern Ute Health Center in Ignacio, Colorado. Ignacio is a major tourist center with great restaurants and a surprising variety of cultural events for its size. Brian lives in nearby Durango, about 25 miles from the clinic.

Why Brian Chose an IHS Career

The Opportunities: The mobility an IHS career affords was attractive to Brian, as was the salary and benefits of the Commissioned Corps. This is his second duty station – the first was on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana, home to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Brian can move from state to state with his Mississippi dental license. Commissioned Corps and Civil service dentists need just one license in any of the 50 states or federal territories to practice in IHS. Read the full article »

Sign-on Bonus for Commissioned Corps Dentists Increases to $75,000

Effective January 29, 2008, the United States Public Health Service will be offering a $75,000 accession bonus for dentists who select a career path with the Commissioned Corps. Newly hired dentists who have agreed to a four-year commitment with the Commissioned Corps will be eligible for the bonus. For more information go to: www.dentist.ihs.gov

IHS Dentistry - A Career of Service
IHS Connects With You
IHS Dental Webex

Did you miss the last live interactive IHS Dental Web Forum? Now you can review a recording of the most recent 60-minute program, “IHS Dentistry – A Career of Service.” This Web Forum included a discussion of the IHS Loan Repayment program, the Commissioned Corps Sign-on Bonus and an interview with a practicing IHS dentist. Go to https://ihs-ophs.webex.com, select the tab for “ Training Center” then go to the link (left side of page) for “Recorded Sessions,” and click on the playback icon for “IHS Dentistry – A Career of Service”.

Dental Recruitment ListServ

Keep in touch with IHS dental happenings on the New Dental Recruitment ListServ

To join the ListServ, go to www.dentist.ihs.gov and follow the instructions on the Web site.

IHS Snap Facts

137 Dental job opportunities

230 Dental facilities

12 Regions provide service to American Indian/Alaska Natives

35 States offering services at IHS facilities

562 Federally recognized tribes

139 Dentists and dental hygienists received Loan Repayment Benefits in 2007

$3,861,026 paid out in dental loan repayments for 2007

Recruiting Corner — At Your Place
3/12/08 A.T. Still University School of Dentistry and Oral Health Vendor Fair
Amercian Dental Education Association Annual Session Hilton Anatole, Dallas, TX, - Booth #706
4/09/08 University of Washington School of Dentistry – Lunch and Learn
4/10/08 Oregon Health Science University Dental School – Lunch and Learn
Minnesota Dental Association Exhibitor’s Fair
4/15/08 University of Iowa - 3 rd-Year Dental Student Community Dentistry Lecture
4/15/08 University of Iowa School of Dentistry - Lunch and Learn
4/17/08 University of California-SF - 13 th Annual Exhibitor’s Day
4/22/08 Connecticut School of Dental Medicine ASDA – Vendor Day
4/25/08 University of Puerto Rico - Exhibitor’s Fair

More information at: Recruiter Page
Interested in a Lunch & Learn at your school? Contact a Dental Recruiter.
Dr. Tim Lozon, DDS
(301) 443-0029

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