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    After reading through many posts I still don't understand what a Credentialing tour is. Is this just the first place you are stationed after graduation? I'm sorry if this is a really dumb question, but I just want to understand it. Thanks.
     

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      They'll probably have you do a few short specialty rotations in at least surgery and endo. Other than that, it's most likely going to be like any other duty station.

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      So is this at your first location you are stationed? And how long do you normally stay in one spot for a credentialing tour? Does it add more time to the payback?
       
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        Credentialing tours are typically a year or so in length. How long exactly you're there depends on your orders. I'm sponsoring an incoming credentialing officer and he said he has two year orders. It does not add to your time.

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        Can these credentialing tours happen at any base or are there a few common bases that credentialing officers end up at?
         

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          Finishing my credentialing year at Great Lakes. Can answer anything specific.
          Has been a great experience. Plenty of rotations: 6 weeks in endo, 4 in OS, 2 of CEREC, 4 weeks of oral diagnosis and 4 of treatment planning. This is a recruit training base so probably unique compared to other bases. In addition to rotations you will feel very comfortable doing general restorative, we get a lot of patients with 12+ restorations needed.
           
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            Finishing my credentialing year at Great Lakes. Can answer anything specific.
            Has been a great experience. Plenty of rotations: 6 weeks in endo, 4 in OS, 2 of CEREC, 4 weeks of oral diagnosis and 4 of treatment planning. This is a recruit training base so probably unique compared to other bases. In addition to rotations you will feel very comfortable doing general restorative, we get a lot of patients with 12+ restorations needed.
            So after your 1 year credentialing will you be deployed or relocate to a different base? And why do an AEGD when it sounds like you had great exposure to different procedures.
             

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              So after your 1 year credentialing will you be deployed or relocate to a different base? And why do an AEGD when it sounds like you had great exposure to different procedures.

              Because it's an accredited residency that can prove exposure and proficiency in various areas as well as serve as a stepping stone to licensure in several states.
               
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                Because it's an accredited residency that can prove exposure and proficiency in various areas as well as serve as a stepping stone to licensure in several states.
                That's a great point. But what if I am not worried about licensure in any other state and do not wish to specialize or stay in the Navy after my 4 year commitment. Would it then be better to skip out on an AEGD (if selected) and just do a credentialing tour?
                 

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                  So after your 1 year credentialing will you be deployed or relocate to a different base? And why do an AEGD when it sounds like you had great exposure to different procedures.
                  Not all credentialing tours are created equal. I only did 2 weeks in endo and surgery. Sounds like Great Lakes has it figured out. You'll almost certainly be given operational orders (ship, overseas, Marines, or Sea Bees) following your credentialing tour.

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                    Not all credentialing tours are created equal. I only did 2 weeks in endo and surgery. Sounds like Great Lakes has it figured out. You'll almost certainly be given operational orders (ship, overseas, Marines, or Sea Bees) following your credentialing tour.

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                    Credentialing tours at other than large clinics are often deficient in specialty exposure
                     

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                      Like I said Great Lakes is somewhat unique due to patient population. I honestly would not choose the AEGD over the credentialing year here, but that's just me personally. I know the people who completed AEGDs here were happy with their experience too. They did get more experience in prosth, implant restoration, and perio and had a more structured academic focus.

                      I'll be going to Okinawa next. Most people who I was with last year are going overseas or on ships (AEGD and credentialing).
                       

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                        Once you do a credentialing tour is there any possibility of remaining stationed at that base or does everyone get reassigned?
                        If it's an even remotely desirable location, expect to move. Detailers need to make room for people coming off of the crappy assignments and you'll need to fill in the openings they leave behind.

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                          Finishing my credentialing year at Great Lakes. Can answer anything specific.
                          Has been a great experience. Plenty of rotations: 6 weeks in endo, 4 in OS, 2 of CEREC, 4 weeks of oral diagnosis and 4 of treatment planning. This is a recruit training base so probably unique compared to other bases. In addition to rotations you will feel very comfortable doing general restorative, we get a lot of patients with 12+ restorations needed.

                          What are the other main locations where people do credentialing tours? And how can you find out the kind of structure they have like the rotations you mentioned?
                           

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                            What are the other main locations where people do credentialing tours? And how can you find out the kind of structure they have like the rotations you mentioned?
                            Credentialing tours will happen at larger locations where specialists are available. Don't think you'll have too much say where you go though. Literally the detailer is just going to ask you if you prefer the southwest, northeast, or southeast. You may luck out and get your first choice.

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