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Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon - 63N
From groundbreaking work in regenerative medicine to the development of 3-D anatomical models to aid in surgical pre- and post-op planning, the advancements being pioneered by the U.S. Army Medical Department are improving outcomes for their patients and literally changing the practice of medicine. As an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon and officer with Army Dental Corps, you'll work alongside experts in their field, using the most advanced procedures and techniques in practice today.
Examine, diagnose and provide surgical, nonsurgical and adjunctive care for conditions involving disease, defect or injury to the functional and/or esthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the head, mouth, teeth, gums, jaws and neckConduct and supervise direct patient care, and plan and execute disease prevention and health promotion programsExercise command of medical units as provided by law and regulation Perform special staff functions in health support for commanders at all levelsConduct medical research on diseases of military importance, and conduct, supervise and participate graduate medical education and training of other medical personnel needed to sustain a robust and readily available medical systemUnique duty positions include: oral and maxillofacial surgeon; training officer; program director, assistant program director, advanced specialty education program in oral and maxillofacial surgery; chief, surgery branch, dental research unit; oral and maxillofacial surgery consultant; office of the surgeon general; chief, Department of Dentistry; clinic chief; researcher, U.S. Army dental and trauma research detachment
Active DutyA Doctor of Dental Surgery, Doctor of Dental Medicine or a combination Doctor of Dental Surgery/Doctor of Medicine degree from an American Dental Association—accredited dental program in the United States, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico or CanadaCompletion of an advanced specialty education program in oral and maxillofacial surgery that is accredited by the ADA and acceptable to the Surgeon GeneralBetween 21 and 42 years of age (may request a waiver, Locate A Recruiter for more information) License to practice dentistryMust be a U.S. citizenArmy ReserveIn addition to the above qualifications, permanent U.S. residency is required for Reserve duty officers.
In the Army Dental Corps, the case diversity you'll experience in caring for our service men and women far exceeds the medical care environment of the private sector. You'll have access to the most sophisticated technology and training, plus the opportunity to consult with experts in both the military and private sector.
Army Dental Corps officers must be leaders skilled in tactics, techniques and procedures in order to understand and support the Soldier; possess strong Army values, leader attributes and skills; and fully understand the key leadership actions that must be taken to ensure success.The Army Dental Corps offers a broad spectrum of opportunities. Every officer learns and trains to be a fully capable team member, gaining expertise and experience in diverse specialties and skills. Dentists gain this knowledge through continuing medical education and experience sustained by mentoring, additional institutional training, continuous selfdevelopment and progressive levels of assignments within their specialty.
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In addition to the many privileges that come with being an officer on the U.S. Army health care team, you'll be rewarded with:Active Duty Health Professions Loan RepaymentVariable Special PayBoard Certified PayDental Additional Special PayDental Officer Multiyear Retention Bonus30 days of paid vacation earned annuallyNoncontributory retirement benefits with 20 years of qualifying serviceNocost or lowcost medical and dental care for you and your familyReserve BenefitsDental Corps Special PayHealth Professions Loan Repayment toward qualified dental school loansNoncontributory retirement benefits at age 60 with 20 years of qualifying serviceLowcost life and dental insuranceTravel opportunities, including humanitarian missionsBoth active and Reserve duty officers enjoy commissary and post exchange shopping privileges; a flexible, portable retirement savings and investment plan similar to a 401(k); may receive pay for continuing education; and specialized training to become a leader in their field.
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