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Awadiendo

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Hello everyone,
Anyone have joined the army/navy reserved as an endodontist before ? have you guys experienced it ? They don't have endo positions like for OS or Pros so will treated as a GD from what I was told. I'm an endo resident on my first year of a three years program. few friends have talked about joining the army or navy reserve and mostly to help them out with loans. I have now two trying to join and one is still thinking about it. All of them are general dentist. They have been telling me to join once im graduate or before graduating to help with my loans. I'll finish my residency with +500k student loans (predoc & postdoc) and I'm a little worried about it as off now. I know endo will pay well but im also not that young, I'll graduate at age 40.
Any thoughts will be appreciated, :)
 

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Hello everyone,
Anyone have joined the army/navy reserved as an endodontist before ? have you guys experienced it ? They don't have endo positions like for OS or Pros so will treated as a GD from what I was told. I'm an endo resident on my first year of a three years program. few friends have talked about joining the army or navy reserve and mostly to help them out with loans. I have now two trying to join and one is still thinking about it. All of them are general dentist. They have been telling me to join once im graduate or before graduating to help with my loans. I'll finish my residency with +500k student loans (predoc & postdoc) and I'm a little worried about it as off now. I know endo will pay well but im also not that young, I'll graduate at age 40.
Any thoughts will be appreciated, :)

Who told you they don’t have Endo positions? Last I checked Endo is on the critical needs specialty list. I know that the APMC is actively looking for Endo, OS, and comprehensive dentist.
 
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Who told you they don’t have Endo positions? Last I checked Endo is on the critical needs specialty list. I know that the APMC is actively looking for Endo, OS, and comprehensive dentist.
ok thank you
I haven't talk to a recruiter or anyone official yet, just friends.
I know active duty wants Endo, didn't know reserve as well!
 

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1) If you think you will be doing endo specialist work as a reserve dental officer you my be rudely surprised.
2) If your primary motivation to sign up is the loan repayment plan you will not be a happy solder.
3) Be very, very sure to consider how you will repay your loans if you should be deployed for 6 months.
 

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You’ll make more money in private practice in the long run to pay down towards your loans. You can work 1 weekend a month and your opportunity cost for 2 weeks a year puts you out on top in private practice.
 

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1) If you think you will be doing endo specialist work as a reserve dental officer you my be rudely surprised.
2) If your primary motivation to sign up is the loan repayment plan you will not be a happy solder.
3) Be very, very sure to consider how you will repay your loans if you should be deployed for 6 months.
1) probably right
2) people sign up for all kind of reasons, money being a big one and people are often happy with this choice.
3) Deployments are 90 days not including mob time. If you deploy you are covered under SCRA, this give you options for rate reduction, interested waived, deferment, IBR etc.

To Big Hoss's point, no clue how it would impact your referral base. Hopefully your referring docs wouldn't hold it against you.

To OP, the Reserves is fun. It's a nice break from your life sometimes. I joined for the money in 2009 and I've been happy with that choice ever since.
 

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I’m not sure about the reserves, but I know for the National Guard (which is similar in the responsibilities, time commitment and repayment options) your primary function is to serve completing examinations for dental readiness. You’re not actually doing treatment when you show up for drill.

So I am assuming even as an endodontist, the expectation would be for you to serve by completing dental readiness exams. I could be completely wrong, but that’s the way NG and reserves was explained to me.

Not to hijack the thread, but I have heard for NG and Reserves that they don’t typically deploy dentists as they will usually use active duty dental overseas. Is that true? I always hear things from recruiters like “Oh don’t worry, your squadron commander will work with you if a deployment could seriously affect your dental practice”.
 
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