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
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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
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
AMEDD A Humanitarian Mission • In over 80 countries; Army medical personnel are manning civilian hospitals, teaching local medical professionals, providing equipment and medication.
Questions for Thought • Do I want to make a difference in the world? • How much of a difference do I truly want to make?
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”
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 4th (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 57-67 Paid Days Off (approximately 2 months)
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
Pay for a New Dentist • Dental Officer with less than 2 years • Regular Military Compensation: $71,858.23 • $3000 (VSP – everyone) • $10000(DASP – everyone – yearly contract) • Total $84,858.23 annual income
Pay for a Specialist • If dental officer has specialized and completed ADSO – at 6 years pay may be: • MAJ=$99,265.32 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 $170,765.32 annual income
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
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
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
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
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 $6,086.46 for single soldier here in Twin Cities area)
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.
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.
Bottom Line • Do you want to be a “slave” to the bank for 10-20 years or be an Army dentist for 4 years??
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
Questions? SSG Todd Huidekoper firstname.lastname@example.org 1-877-622-8949
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