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National Naval Medical Center


The Naval Dental School opened on February 3, 1923, as the Dental Department of the United States Naval Medical School, Washington, DC. 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, MD. 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. More recently, in 2004, the National Naval Dental Center became part of the National Naval Medical Center


Residents will become proficient clinicians and leaders in their specialty. They will promote optimal dental health through education, research and clinical activities.


  • Educate residents in their specialty area and prepare them for board certification.

  • Promote the delivery of high quality dentistry by federal services dentists through continuing education.

  • Support operational dental readiness and dental health through clinical practice, worldwide consultative services, and educational endeavors.

  • Blend unique military experience into postgraduate dental education and produce the future leaders of the Dental Corps.


  • 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 career-long interest in continued professional development.

  • Conduct health care research projects and contribute to the professional literature.

  • Prepare residents to critically review pertinent scientific literature.

  • Prepare residents for leadership roles.

School name:National Naval Medical Center
Address:8901 Rockville Pike
Zip & city:20889-5600 Maryland
Phone:(301) 295-4611

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