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A Unique Place to Practice Dentistry

The Indian Health Service (IHS) Division of Oral Health (DOH) offers dentists and dental students an opportunity to practice dentistry in a unique environment. One that combines the experience of practicing in state-of-the art facilities with the opportunity, adventure and purpose that comes with serving Indian communities.

In this newsletter, read about new comprehensive materials available to dental extern candidates to familiarize themselves with the program, as well as market themselves to the site(s) they identify as a good match for them. We also introduce two externs who served at the Cherokee Indian Hospital in July 2014. Learn about their experience and how fulfilling an externship prepared them for their final year of dental school and the future. Also, learn how the financial freedom of loan repayment opportunities can help you as you move forward in your career.

Stay Informed with New Materials

IHS DOH strives to provide externship candidates with a comprehensive set of materials that clearly define program policies and participant expectations. With the creation of a Dental Externship Information Sheet, an updated Dental Externship Quick Reference Guide (QRG) and Dental Externship Site Profiles, we continue to update and add to the information available for externs to make educated decisions about program participation. READ MORE >

Extern Profiles

Meet Catherine (Cady) Kimble and Rachel Erin Harris, dental students from the University of Louisville who shared the dental externship experience. Together, Cady and Rachel gained hands-on experience practicing dentistry at the Cherokee Indian Hospital while experiencing the rural life in an Indian community. GET TO KNOW US >

Job Opportunities
We currently have over 45 positions open for employment at Indian health facilities around the country. Whether you’re beginning your dental career, seeking a licensed pediatric specialist position or a chief dental officer position, we may have the right match for you. Find a Position >
Financial Freedom

Are you seeking financial freedom from dental school loans? The IHS and National Health Service Corps offer dentists loan repayment opportunities in exchange for a service commitment at Indian health facilities. Experience the benefits of paying down your qualified health profession loans while living and working in some of the most scenic areas of the country. EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS >

Contact Us

Our dental recruiters and externship program team is here to help. Contact us if you have questions about current openings, the externship program or other areas of Indian health dentistry.

Indian Health Service
Division of Oral Health
801 Thompson Ave., Suite 300
Rockville, MD 20852
  Phone: 800-447-3368
Email: dentaljobs@ihs.gov
Email: dentalextern@ihs.gov


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The policy of the IHS is to provide absolute preference to qualified Indian applicants and employees who are suitable for federal employment in filling vacancies within the IHS. IHS is an equal opportunity employer.

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