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IHS Dental Externships

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Jump Start your Dental Career

If you’re a third-year dental student in search of a rewarding and unique training opportunity, the IHS Division of Oral Health (DOH) Dental Externship Program can provide you with the perfect opportunity.

  • Gain valuable clinical experience in an Indian health facility!
  • Develop your clinical skills under expert supervision!
  • Contribute to an interdisciplinary team of health care professionals!

You can apply to fulfill a dental externship during the summer before your final year of dental school. As a dental extern, the knowledge you’ll obtain about public health dentistry will enable you to make an informed career choice in the months before graduation. What’s more, you’ll have an opportunity to establish relationships with mentors and dental health professionals that could open doors for your career.

You'll also have an opportunity to decide whether working in a non-typical clinical setting, being mentored by an experienced staff and having an opportunity to provide much-needed care to a medically underserved patient population is your calling. An Indian health dental career offers you a chance to work in state-of-the-art facilities with excellent pay and benefits and eligibility for financial freedom through the IHS Loan Repayment Program.


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