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1 US Army Medical Department (AMEDD) Over 90 career disciplines within all health care fields 6 corps (Dental Corps, Medical Corps, Medical Service Corps, Medical Specialist Corps, Nurse Corps and Veterinary Corps) A world of financial and educational benefits Leadership Opportunities Active or Reserve service

2 A Day in Army Medicine 41, 986 Clinic visits 374 Patients admitted 1,214 Patient beds occupied 26,600 Dental procedures 64 Births 12,494 Radiology procedures 54,048 Outpatient Pharmacy prescriptions 50,420 Laboratory procedures 1,961 Veterinary Outpatient visits $23.2 Million-worth of food inspected

3 AMEDD A Humanitarian Mission In over 80 countries; Army medical personnel are manning civilian hospitals, teaching local medical professionals, providing equipment and medication.

4 Questions for Thought Do I want to make a difference in the world? How much of a difference do I truly want to make?

5 Why Become an Army Dentist?  Guaranteed Job After Graduation  Guaranteed Pay  Guaranteed Patients  Can Not Get Sued  Autonomy  Increase Speed  Prepare For Private Practice  Specialists To Learn From Without “Turf Wars”

6 MODERN FACILITIES

7 SPECIALTYAPPLIED/SELECTED FY07 APPLIED/SELECTED 08 APPLIED/SELECTED 09 COMPREHENSIVE DENTISTRY 15/1414/1431/20** PERIODONTICS10/48/4 ENDODONTICS19/816/812/8 PROSTHODONTICS4/43/34/4* PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY 6/26/110/2 PUBLIC HEALTHNA1/10/0 ORTHODONTICS13/312/315/3 OMFS19/919/1018/10 ORAL PATH1/11/00/0 OMFP FELLOW OMFS, BAYLOR, PhD Advanced Training Opportunities

8 Time Off  Paid CE Course = 6 days (comparable cost 3K)  Eligible leave days = 30 days (civilian average 14 days)  Holidays = 10 – 20 Days –MLK (2), Presidents Day (2), Memorial Day (2), July 4 th (2), Labor Day (2), Columbus Day (2), Veteran’s Day (2), Thanksgiving (2), Christmas (2), New Years (2) –Christmas Schedule = 6 days –Permissive TDY for CE = 4 days –Organizational Day/Christmas Party = 1 or 2 days Paid Days Off (approximately 2 months)

9 Diversity  Army Dental Corps has many options No banging the same drum day after day for 30 years  Different Career tracks – perfect for midlife crisis Command Education Research Administrative Clinical

10 Pay for a New Dentist  Dental Officer with less than 2 years  Regular Military Compensation: $71,  $3000 (VSP – everyone)  $10000(DASP – everyone – yearly contract)  Total $84, annual income

11 Pay for a Specialist  If dental officer has specialized and completed ADSO – at 6 years pay may be:  MAJ=$99, Average Regular Military Compensation  $7000 (VSP – everyone)  $12000(DASP – everyone – yearly contract)  $2500 (BSP – board certified specialists only)  $50000 (multi-year retention – specialists only)  Total $170, annual income

12 Will I Go To War?  Dental Corps Seeks Volunteers Prior To Picking Dentist And Typically There Is Enough Volunteers To Fill Slots  Most Dentists Have Not Been Deployed  Dentists Are Not Out On The Front Lines

13 Private Practice Problems  Private practice issues that are not seen in the military  Advertising  Financial Collections Employee embezzlements Taxes Accountants  24/7 emergency call 365 days a year  Working on holidays, evenings, or Saturdays, and finding staff willing to do so as needed

14 Private Practice Problems  Trying to find good affordable health insurance for family and office staff  Staff calling in sick, impacting daily production  Not enjoying vacations because of thinking about cost of the vacation and loss of income while business expenses continue  Salary issues Estimated or final payments to the IRS Workman’s Comp State taxes Social security taxes Retirement plans/401k

15 Private Practice Problems  Saturation and competition Worrying about another dentist opening a practice across the street, stealing staff, hygienists, and patients (especially right before retirement when needing to sell practice)  Working in an environment with less contact and professional interaction with colleges  Hiring and firing staff, interviews, raises, office politics

16 The Health Professions Scholarship Program for Dental School The Health Professions Scholarship Program for Dental School

17 What Does the Scholarship Pay For?  100% TUITION  BOOKS, FEES, AND DENTAL SCHOOL EXPENSES  $20,000 Sign on Bonus  MONTHLY STIPEND  $2,088 PER MONTH FOR 10 1/2 MONTHS  ARMY OFFICER PAY  2LT PAY FOR REMAINING 45 DAYS  (Currently $6, for single soldier here in Twin Cities area)

18 What Does the Army Expect from YOU  ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE OBLIGATION  One year for each year you receive HPSP  COMISSION AS AN ARMY OFFICER.  Commission as a 2LT in the United States Army Medical Corps.  Upon graduation you will be promoted to Captain  FULL-TIME STUDENT  You are expected to be a full-time student.

19 What Does the Army Expect from YOU  ACTIVE DUTY TRAINING  45 day Officer Basic Leadership Course  Train for 45 days during the summer in an Army dental facility.

20 20 ASSIGNMENT OPPORTUNITIES!!!

21 Bottom Line  Do you want to be a “slave” to the bank for years or be an Army dentist for 4 years??

22 Application Process  Early Application Is The Key As Scholarships Are Limited  First Come, First Serve  Do Not Need LOA To Start Application  Not Committed Until End Of Process

23 Questions? SSG Todd Huidekoper

24 Respect Dentist/ U.S. Army Officer/ Soldier Pride of Service A sense of self worth Soldiers treating each other as they should be treated High esteem by the community in which we serve


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