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Don’t miss out on what's going on with the Division of Oral Health. Read our eNewsletters to get information on jobs and externships, meet Indian health dentists practicing in the field and find out more about loan repayment opportunities.

February 2020
IHS Dental Impressions Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving 
In this issue of IHS Dental Impressions, we link you to a video series on IHS DOH dentists who offer their perspectives on working in Indian health, the benefits of public- vs. private-practice dentistry and share the joys of discovery, both professionally and personally, an IHS dental career offers. We also highlight advice from Dr. James Webb, IHS DOH Special Projects Coordinator, who offers his insight on the ins and outs of searching and applying for IHS dental positions. We wrap up the issue with a list of dental position vacancies in the Great Plains Area, where abundant recreation opportunities are right outside your door.

December 2019
IHS Dental Explorer Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving 
In the December issue of Dental Explorer you’ll discover how IHS DOH received a four-year term for its Continuing Dental Education (CDE) program; learn which of our dental colleagues were recognized by the National Oral Health Council (NOHC); and get a complete deep dive with Dr. Joseph Salamon, Dental Services Director, Seneca Nation Health System (SNHS), on how his efforts are supporting the IHS mission. You’ll also learn how the IHS Health Professions Scholarship is providing a valuable opportunity for the next generation of health care professionals to practice within IHS Areas with the greatest need.

November 2019
IHS Dental Impressions Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving 
In the November issue of IHS Dental Impressions, you’ll get a firsthand perspective from DOH externship site preceptor Dr. Joe Nieto about the DOH externship experience at the White Swan Dental Clinic, which benefitted both the dental staff and the students. You will also learn about the externship experience from five D-3 students who share the most exciting, fulfilling and challenging aspects of their two-week externship. In addition, we share a list of critical dental vacancies, which just happen to be in some of the most spectacular and recreationally abundant areas of the country and we share a link to our new DOH dental video series.

July 2019
IHS Dental Explorer Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving 
In the July issue of Dental Explorer, we explain how the Alaska-based Community Health Aide Program (CHAP) is expanding, provide details about how a new oral health status rating helps flag at-risk patients and share exciting information — for the first time in recent history, the IHS Oral Health Survey shows a reduction in in early childhood caries for children ages 1 through 5. You’ll also get pertinent information needed for the mandatory Microsoft X update.

April 2019 IHS Dental Impressions Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving 
In this issue of IHS Dental Impressions: You’ll hear from five IHS dentists about why they love working in public health dentistry and how working at IHS allows them to balance dentistry careers with time for family and other responsibilities. We also feature the journey of IHS dentist Roseann Dameron, an IHS Scholarship recipient who was born and raised in Oklahoma, but who moved with her family to Fairbanks, AK in 2012 and is now on her way to becoming an IHS Pediatric Dentist there. This issue also highlights the wide range of great dental careers currently available in Montana, the Dakotas, Nebraska, Arizona and New Mexico.

March 2019
IHS Dental Explorer Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving 
In the inaugural issue of our new Dental Explorer eNewsletter: Read about the IHS Dental Specialist Long-Term Training (LTT) Program, which has trained IHS dentists in specialties from Pediatrics to Oral Surgery, Orthodontics and more. You can also get a sneak peek at the Division of Oral Health’s new recruitment videos featuring five IHS dentists and a new video with tips for students interested in applying for the DOH Dental Externship Program. In addition, you can learn about the SMILE Oral Health Literacy Initiative and get an update on the IHS Continuing Dental Education (CDE) Program.

September 2018 IHS Dental Impressions
In this issue of IHS Dental Impressions: Learn about the multifaceted approach the IHS Division of Oral Health (DOH) takes to promote quality in its dental programs and how DOH has established a robust continuing dental education (CDE) program. You can also read about how DOH dentists use quality improvement methodologies to test changes and have established measurable numerical quality standards. In addition, you’ll find information about how Area Dental Officers routinely conduct comprehensive program reviews of IHS, Tribal and Urban dental programs. You can also get application tips for the IHS Dental Externship and learn how to compose your application essay in advance.

January 2018
IHS Dental Impressions
In this issue of IHS Dental Impressions: Read about the newly remodeled dental clinic at Pine Ridge Hospital, which serves a patient population of about 35,000 people on the Pine Ridge Reservation in Southwestern South Dakota. Also, discover the benefits of our IHS Dental Externships for third-year dental students and learn how to apply.

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