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Joint Base Lewis-McChord Dental Health Activity

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Pacific Health Dental Health Command Pacific Joint Base Lewis McChord Dental Health Activity

 

OVERVIEW

The Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) Dental Health Activity (DENTAC) is composed of six dental clinics across JBLM and one dental clinic located at Presidio of Monterey (POM), Monterey, California. DENTAC, under the leadership of Col. Shan Bagby and 1st Sgt. Terence Mitchell, is a diverse team of highly dedicated professionals – dentists, enlisted personnel, civilians and contractors – all working together to provide only the highest quality oral healthcare for our Active-Duty service members and other eligible beneficiaries across the Puget Sound Multi-Service Market area. DENTAC’s workforce includes 82 military personnel, 189 civilian employees, and 13 contractors. JBLM dental clinics provide care to over 30,000 service members stationed at JBLM and Presidio of Monterrey. JBLM DENTAC was one of the pilot clinics for the Go First Class program in September 2012, consisting of exams, cleaning and restorative work during a one-stop appointment. Additionally, JBLM DENTAC houses a 12-month Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency and a 48-month Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program.

MISSION STATEMENT

Provide responsive and reliable oral health services and influences health to improve readiness and advance wellness in support of the Force, military Families and all those entrusted to our care.

VISION

Strengthening the health of our Nation by improving the oral health of our Army.

Unique Capabilities:

  • Examinations
  • Cleanings (Prophylaxis)
  • Preventive Services (Fluoride, Sealants, Instruction)
  • Tooth Fillings (Restorative)
  • Root Canals (Endodontics)
  • Gum Disease Treatment (Periodontics)
  • Crown & Bridge, as needed
  • Extractions (Oral Surgery)
  • Removable Dentures, as needed
  • Referral for complex oral rehabilitation, as needed

DENTAL RESIDENCY PROGRAMS

ADVANCED GENERAL DENTISTRY RESIDENCY PROGRAM

The Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency is a 12-month program located at Dental Clinic 2 on JBLM that provides professional post-doctoral training, encompassing closely supervised clinical and didactic experience in all major dental specialties. This program is designed to train competent, productive, efficient clinicians, capable of managing and providing complex multi-disciplinary treatment to a wide array of patients. Upon graduation, officers are awarded certificates of graduation and the military occupational specialty designation signifying the additional year of post-graduate training.

ORAL & MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY RESIDENCY PROGRAM

The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program is a 48-month military postgraduate training program which is fully accredited by the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation. The residency is based at Madigan Army Medical Center (MAMC) and provides a comprehensive and integrated study of biomedical sciences, clinical medical rotations, and surgical training in the complete scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery. Upon successful completion of the program, the new graduate becomes eligible to begin the process of becoming certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. A unique military objective of the residency program is to provide the U.S. Army with surgeons capable of managing acute maxillofacial combat injuries in an austere deployed hospital. Additionally, extensive training in anesthesia prepares the graduate for the additional role of delivering general anesthesia in a combat medical environment.

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

JBLM DENTAC partnered with the American Red Cross in September 2016, to offer an opportunity to Soldiers, civilians and family members to volunteer as dental assistants and gain experience in dental charting, exams and various dental procedures such as fillings. The current iteration of the program started on September 6, 2016, and will culminate on March 23, 2017. Ten volunteer students are currently enrolled in the program and include Soldiers that are ready to transition out of the military and are considering becoming dental assistants.

Additionally, JBLM DENTAC partnered with the Puget Sound Military Health Systems (MHS) Dental Consortium and will participate in an officer professional development event that will include an overview of the state of the Dental Corps, military officer leadership, officer record management, Dental Corps career roadmap, and one-on-one mentorship sessions.

HIGHLIGHTS

JBLM was selected as the beta site for the implementation of the new electronic health record system, MHS Genesis. The go live date was July 15, 2017, and JBLM DENTAC started training key personnel that will facilitate the transition to the new system.

Additionally, JBLM DENTAC Soldiers participated in the DENTAC’s Best Warrior Competition from January 9-12, 2017. The arduous competition tested the military skills desired in all Soldiers. Spc. Dil Awal, Spc. Torian Tucker, Spc. Zhiyu Zhou, Spc. Ronald Miller and Sgt. Renee Smith participated in the competition. Awal and Smith won the competition and were awarded as JBLM DENTAC Soldier and NCO of the year.

JBLM DENTAC hosted the Dental Health Command-Pacific (DHC-P) Best Warrior Competition on February 20-25, 2017 where Soldiers and NCOs from Korea, Japan, Alaska, Hawaii and JBLM competed to become the regional best warriors.

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