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A Unique Place to Practice Dentistry

The Indian Health Service (IHS) Division of Oral Health (DOH) offers dentists 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.

A Patient-centered Approach to Care

IHS introduced the Improving Patient Care (IPC) model in 2008 as a framework for improving patient access to care and the quality of patient care delivery. Since the program was implemented at the Cass Lake IHS Hospital in 2011, each element of the patient-centered care process has had a huge impact on the way Dental Chief Dr. Brandy Larson and her team conducts business.


A Seamless Transition to an Indian Health Career

Dr. Joel Knutson was used to international travel, economies of scale and multi-million dollar budgets that provided high-quality dental care for hundreds of thousands of Army, Navy and Air Force service members. But his transition last summer from military dentistry to a leadership position at an IHS dental clinic in remote Red Lake, MN, has already proved the biggest adventure of his professional career — and given him the feeling that he’s come home again.


Job Opportunities

Whether you’re beginning your dental career, seeking a licensed pediatric specialist position or are considering a career move to chief dental officer, we may have the right match for you.


Financial Freedom

Experience the financial freedom that comes from the IHS or National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Programs. Live and work in some of the most scenic areas of the country while paying down your dental school debts.


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
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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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