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USAF dental officers complete two-year residency

August 04, 2015

By Craig Palmer

Photo of AEGD residency graduates from left Maj. Aaron Hayes, Maj. Robert Wake, Maj. Marcus Kropf, Capt. Christopher Gillette and Maj. Jason Garner.
Biloxi view: AEGD residency graduates at Keesler Air Force Base include from left Maj. Aaron Hayes, Maj. Robert Wake, Maj. Marcus Kropf, Capt. Christopher Gillette and Maj. Jason Garner.
Biloxi, Miss. — Five residents completed the first advanced education in general dentistry 24-month residency at Keesler Air Force Base since 2000 and were graduated May 28.

A previous two-year residency was converted to a one-year program after graduation of the class of 2000. The first graduating class of the restored 24-month residency includes Dr. Jason R. Garner, Dr. Christopher J. Gillette, Dr. Aaron J. Hayes, Dr. Marcus P. Kropf and Dr. Robert E. Wake.

Graduates are assigned to various clinical, academic and leadership positions at installations throughout the world. Two are now educators, one a chief of dental services and two headed to Europe as clinicians, said Dr. Michael N. Wajdowicz, AEGD program director.

A satellite of the Air Force Postgraduate Dental School, the residency training program is affiliated with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. Graduates earn a master’s degree in oral biology from the USUHS. The residency training prepares dental officers to provide comprehensive dental care in traditional clinic settings and deployed situations. The AEGD teaching staff includes 19 board certified or board eligible specialists.