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First Year Residents Report

Wednesday, 24 June

Labor Day

Monday, 7 September

Columbus Day

Monday, 12 October

Veterans Day Holiday

Wednesday 11 November

Thanksgiving Leave Period

Thursday-Friday, 26-27 November

Christmas Leave Begins

Friday, 18 December, 1600 hrs


Classes Resume

Monday, 4 January

Martin Luther King’s Birthday

Monday, 18 January

Presidents’ Day

Monday, 15 February

Spring Leave Begins

Friday, 26 March, 1600 hrs

Classes Resume

Monday, 5 April

Memorial Day Holiday

Monday, 31 May


Friday, 4 June

No classes will be held on the holidays listed.

Additional copies of this and other Naval Postgraduate Dental School catalogs can be obtained by writing to the Dean, Naval Postgraduate Dental School, Navy Medicine Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education Command (Code NPDS), 8901 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland 20889-5602.


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The Naval Dental School opened on February 3, 1923, as the Dental Department of the United States Naval Medical School, Washington, D.C. Its twofold purpose was the postgraduate instruction of officers of the Dental Corps of the US Navy and the training of hospital corpsmen to serve as dental assistants. In 1942, the newly designated National Naval Medical Center, including the Naval Dental School, was established in Bethesda, Maryland. The dental school was redesignated the Naval Graduate Dental School in 1971 and the National Naval Dental Center in 1975. In 1983, the Naval Dental Clinic, Bethesda, was established, with the Naval Dental School as a component facility. In 1989, the Naval Dental Clinic was renamed the National Naval Dental Center. In 1999, the Naval Dental School was renamed the Naval Postgraduate Dental School (NPDS). In 2004, the National Naval Dental Center was disestablished. Under the command and support of the Navy Medical Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education Command, the Naval Postgraduate Dental School conducts advanced programs for dental officers that are designed to help the Dental Corps meet its need for officers who are fully qualified to practice, teach, and conduct research in dentistry. The programs are as follows:

- Two-year residencies in comprehensive dentistry, endodontics

- Two-year fellowship in orofacial pain

- Three-year residencies in oral and maxillofacial pathology, periodontics, and prosthodontics

- One-year fellowship in maxillofacial prosthetics

- One-year advanced education in general dentistry
Admission to Residency Programs
All residents at the Naval Postgraduate Dental School are selected by the Dental Corps Full-Time Duty Under Instruction Selection (DUINS) Board, which meets annually in June. To be eligible for a residency, Dental Corps officers must have completed their initial tour of duty and cannot be in a failure of selection promotion status.
Dental officers should apply, via their commanding officer, to the Commanding Officer, Navy Medical Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education Command (Code OGDC), 8901 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland 20889-5411. Each applicant should submit a statement of motivation concerning background, interests, and reasons for requesting a residency, consistent with the applicant’s abilities and career plan. A maximum of three letters of evaluation, preferably at least one from a specialist in the applicant’s area of interest, must be submitted. Applicants must also request that transcripts from predental, dental, and other significant education be forwarded to the above address. All required information must be received no later than 1 May of the year preceding the year the residency would commence. Full information on how to apply, including the specified format, is given in the current BUMEDNOTE 1520. Additional information concerning admission to various programs may be found in the Manual of the Medical Department, chapter 6, section XVI. Information also may be obtained from the Navy Medicine Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education Command (Code OGDC) at DSN 295-0650 or commercial (301) 295-0650.
Continuing Education Programs
Information on continuing dental education courses and correspondence courses is given in this catalog under “Continuing Dental Education Program” and “Correspondence Course Program.”

Residency Programs
The Naval Postgraduate Dental School (NPDS) offers a 1-year fellowship in maxillofacial prosthetics, 1-year program in advanced education in general dentistry, 2-year fellowship in orofacial pain; 2-year residencies in endodontics; comprehensive dentistry; and 3-year residencies in periodontics, prosthodontics, and oral and maxillofacial pathology. Dental officers in 2-year programs and those continuing in a third-year-level program can expect to remain at the Naval Postgraduate Dental School through the completion of their residencies. (To meet the requirements of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, residencies in oral and maxillofacial surgery are conducted at naval hospitals.)
The programs in advanced education in general dentistry, comprehensive dentistry, endodontics, oral and maxillofacial pathology, periodontics, maxillofacial prosthetics, and prosthodontics are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation and by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-2718 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission on Dental Accreditation will review complaints that relate to a program's compliance with the accreditation standards. The Commission is interested in the sustained quality and continued improvement of dental and dental-related education programs but does not intervene on behalf of individuals or act as a court of appeal for individuals in matters of admission, appointment, promotion or dismissal of faculty, staff or students. A copy of the appropriate accreditation standards and/or the Commission's policy and procedure for submission of complaints may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago IL 60611 or by calling 1-800-621-8099 extension 4653.
All formal dental residencies sponsored by the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Navy Department, Washington, DC, meet the educational requirements for examination by specialty certifying boards. The curricula for the residency programs at the Naval Postgraduate Dental School are listed and described in this catalog.

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The George Washington University Master of Science Degree Program
Residents receive a Master of Science degree in health sciences (track in oral biology) from the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, The George Washington University.
Goals of the Naval Postgraduate Dental School
- Develop clinically proficient specialists for the Federal services

- Prepare, support, and have all residents achieve board certification

- Prepare dental officers to successfully manage specialty or advanced general dentistry practices in the military environment

- Prepare residents to be academic and clinical mentors to members of the Dental Corps and dental profession

- Promote a life-long interest in continued professional development, clinical, education and research endeavors.

- Conduct health care research projects and contribute to the professional literature

- Prepare residents to critically review pertinent scientific literature

- Prepare residents for leadership roles

All residents are required to conduct a research project following NPDS guidelines. At the conclusion of the residency, each resident will present an oral report of this project and submit a manuscript suitable for publication.

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Other Educational Resources
The Naval Postgraduate Dental School arranges with other military and civilian institutions for joint seminars and interschool teaching opportunities. Principal interinstitutional relationships are with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Navy Medicine Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education Command, the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute, the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the National Institutes of Health, Howard University, the University of Maryland, and The National Institute of Standards and Technology. Dental specialists from many scientific and educational institutions are appointed as consultants at the school. Some of these specialists participate in the residency and continuing education programs.
Course Designations
All courses have been assigned Naval Postgraduate Dental School numbers according to the year of study in which they are usually taken: NPDS 200-series, first-year residency level; NPDS 300-series, second-year residency level; and NPDS 400-series, third-year residency level.
Core Courses
A common core curriculum has been developed to ensure a well-rounded educational experience. The following are core courses:
Applied Dental Psychology

Advanced Oral Diagnosis

Dental Administrative Management


Forensic Dentistry

Management of Medical Emergencies

Naval Operational Management


Systemic Disease in Clinical Dentistry

Research Methodology

Other Background Information
Those who complete residencies at the Naval Postgraduate Dental School ultimately are expected to attain Board certification in their specialty or discipline. A clinical camera and a personal computer are indispensable for capturing and organizing the large volume of information and documentation that will be accumulated during the residency and will be needed for subsequent Board preparation. Because documentation of clinical cases begins early, residents should learn to use a clinical camera before commencing the program. Similarly, a working knowledge of the personal computer for storing, updating, and retrieving journal articles and abstracts, as well as for writing and revising reports, is essential.
It is highly recommended that residents own a clinical camera and become fully acquainted with its use. Although there are computers in the school, access may be limited. Most residents elect to purchase their own computer to ensure unimpeded access. This practice is strongly encouraged. The computers at the school are IBM compatible and highly effective. Any camera or computer that meets all the requirements of a resident is acceptable. Back to Contents
Director: Captain Evan Applequist
The Naval Postgraduate Dental School has been offering postgraduate courses in general dentistry since 1923. These courses have evolved into a 2-year residency program in comprehensive dentistry. This ADA-accredited program is designed primarily for dental officers with 1 to 8 years of clinical experience who desire to learn comprehensive treatment planning for complex cases, develop a high degree of proficiency in all aspects of dental practice, and prepare themselves to become future teachers and mentors. The curriculum also includes courses to educate dental officers in contingency roles, military leadership, and personnel management. During the second year, the graduate is expected to challenge the written portion of the American Board of General Dentistry and, if successful, the oral and treatment planning section the following year.
The program unites basic and dental sciences in a formal schedule. Courses in the biological sciences are designed to update the dental officer’s knowledge in these areas, and the student is then expected to correlate the subject matter with clinical practice. The program provides time for study, research, and clinical practice. During the year, the dental officer is required to engage in a research project.
First-Year Curriculum


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