U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps are uniformed dental officers, serving in the Indian Health Service, U.S. Coast Guard, Federal Bureau of Prisons, and the National Health Service Corps. While their uniforms are derived from the uniforms of the U.S. Navy, the Commissioned Corps is under the Department of Health and Human Services, overseen by the Surgeon General, rather than under the Department of Defense.
- Allows the practitioner to fully focus on dentistry, not administrative or business operations.
- International and national in scope
- Can join before dental school through scholarship program or commissioned after dental school, an option even if the dentist has no affiliation with military.
- Offers travel (may be great for someone who doesn’t want to commit to same location for 20 years), and can be deployed overseas.
- Patient base is determined by assignment.
Uniformed officers, serving in Indian Health Service, U.S. Coast Guard, Federal Bureau of Prisons and Immigration and Customs Enforcement allows full focus on dentistry, not administrative or business operations.
Can be global
Brand or identity
As a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Surgeon General, USPHS Commissioned Corps, the dental officers embody the core values of their service: leadership, service, integrity, and excellence.
Number of dentists
Dentists serve terms. This is an option even if the dentist has no affiliation with military (civilian service).
Specialty collaboration or potential to specialize
Collaborate with medical, and opportunities to specialize
International and national
Mentoring interdisciplinary as the dentist has access to dental colleagues, specialty, and medical.
Perks, employment opportunities
Many benefits, including tuition reimbursement, loan assistance, tax free housing, or pension.
Can be deployed to a public health crisis. Location depends on agencies.
Patient base determined by assignment.
Facility/program oversight and standards
Retirement planning opportunities. dentist is a non-owner but may have a 401k or pension at a younger age.