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Discussion in 'Military Dentistry' started by ArmyJawBreaker, May 11, 2010.

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  1. jim85213

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    Thanks for your perspective. I am excited to start my GPR in July.
  2. DocJL

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    Are you going to Camp Pendleton? (based on your avatar)

    I did mine at Bethesda. I hear Pendleton is a good place to do your GPR, because it is the only residency there, the other hospitals all have OS residents so you tend to get stuck doing their scut work.
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    Correct, I'm headed to Pendleton. I wasn't aware that all the other hospitals have OS residents... even NMC San Diego?
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    They did 10 years ago, not sure about anything now.
  5. xhamburgersamx

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    FYI, some states will tax 10%, factor in social security, medicare, etc. and 40% withheld per paycheck is not unrealistic.
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    My understanding is that for OCONUS bases the process of fed ex-ing a FPD or crown takes up to 6 months and rarely if ever done because a lot of soldiers will be moving on from their duty stations by the time the lab comes through with the crowns.

    Also, for CONUS bases, are junior officers (without AEGD) credentialed to do any fixed? DOes the army uses all metal, pfm, gold, etc?
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    I wouldn't think it would be based on soldiers moving on from their duty stations. Minimum time on station for an OCONUS assignment is 2 years for a single member, and 3 for a married one. And plenty of people opt to extend, which is up to 6 years.
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    Not in the AF. It's usually back to you in less than one month. And that is only if it has to go out. We have labs at each base, so most of our lab work is completed right down the hall from your treatment room.
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    Usually turn around time on a crown in the Army is 1-2 months, never had any take longer than that. The worst thing is the quality of the product you get back from the Army dental lab. I had to have a lot of crowns remade due to open margins, poor fit, or horrendous shade. A lot of times the crowns would have open margins on the die and it would pass the ADL quality control.

    Once time I got chewed out by the prosthodontist in my AEGD for selecting a poor shade, I then showed him my shade selection, the patient's tooth and shade tab, and the crown. I selected the perfect shade (something like A2) and the crown came back closer to C3, it was the greenest looking thing I've ever seen. My AEGD started shipping most of our work to Glidewell due to the poor quality of the Army lab and slow turn around time.

    I never had any problems when I was in school or private practice with what I got back from labs. The lab in the Army was such a headache I tried to avoid doin pros as much as I could.
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    Your info is not correct burger. Not only do you have your own lab techs at many medium and large facilities, but you also have the ADL. I am in Iraq now. I use Fed Ex to ship stuff back, and I get it back within a month (it is rushed because we are deployed - most of the 1 month time is shipping - not the lab fabrication). Back in the states I tell my patients and we plan for a 6-8 week turn around time.

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    I'm pretty sure in smaller OCONUS bases in asia (i.e. korea and japan) all the fixed worked has to go through the prosthodontist which may not be available at these smaller stations. Patients are referred up to the headquarter base where specialists are and the time it takes for the consult, procedure , fed-ex everything can take up to 6 months. This is just what I hear from 63A at smaller bases in Asia. Is it because you are 63B and CO at your location, you can expedite the process?
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    Nope. The process is standard across the board. The decision of whether or not someone is allowed to do Prosth or how much is done inside of a clinic is decided by the Commander or OIC of that clinic.

    Each clinic will have a lab officer which may or may not be a prosthodontist. That individual is the quality control person that makes sure a case is acceptable enough to send out. If someone does a crappy job then the lab officer will let them know they need to redo it.

    If a case is too complex for someone then it would be referred out, but otherwise a 63A is credentialed to do Prosth as is a 63B. I have friends in Korea and Japan and they do Prosth also.

    Cases are shipped Fed Ex - I'm not a CO - just a mid level officer. Even before I found out about Fed Ex here and sent things through the post office (APO Address just like in Asia) it would take maybe up to 6 weeks for a case to come back - again because mail in and out of Iraq is a little slow.
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    Can you talk about your overall experience going through OMFS training and the work you do now for the army? What do/did you like and dislike about the experience? How competitive is it? Overall reflections/thoughts? Why did you choose OMFS?
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    Can you talk about your overall experience going through OMFS training and the work you do now for the army? What do/did you like and dislike about the experience? How competitive is it? Overall reflections/thoughts? Why did you choose OMFS?
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