Career Compass

Oh, the places you’ll go…in military dentistry

A common trait of dentists and members of the U.S. Armed Forces is the desire to serve their community and country. Both want to improve the lives of society at large. Both sacrifice their time, energy, and resources to become proficient in their respective field. These similarities make for a fruitful professional alliance.

The U.S. Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program offers dental graduates a way to serve in various branches of the military. In exchange for their service, the HPSP provides tuition relief. These programs are most commonly available through the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force either serving in the United States or in foreign countries.

Perspectives from practicing dentists

Dr. Alyssa Kieschnick, a 2021 graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry and a member of the U.S. Army, wanted to join the military from a young age, as many of her family members served in the U.S. Navy and Army. Attending college was also a high priority.

When Dr. Kieschnick heard a presentation from a recruiter about the HPSP, she knew this was her chance to combine her professional skills with her personal dreams.

Dr. Kieschnick chose the U.S. Army because of their presence and the ease of access to recruiters in her area. “There are little differences between every branch, but, at the end of the day, you’re a military dentist.” Regardless of the military branch, dentists play a vital role in the health care of the soldiers with whom they serve.

Finish reading this article in the April 2022 issue of Contour magazine.

Catherine Weber

Catherine Weber, Louisiana '23, is the LSU ASDA chapter president.

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