ADAA President Angela M. Swatts visits Sheppard Air Force Base: getting an inside look at Air Force base dental facilities and training programs.
Subject: Trade and professional associations (Officials and employees)
Dentistry (Study and teaching)
Author: Davis, Thomas
Pub Date: 05/01/2010
Publication: Name: The Dental Assistant Publisher: American Dental Assistants Association Audience: Academic; Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Science and technology Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 American Dental Assistants Association ISSN: 1088-3886
Issue: Date: May-June, 2010 Source Volume: 79 Source Issue: 3
Topic: Event Code: 280 Personnel administration; 540 Executive changes & profiles; 360 Services information
Product: Product Code: 8620000 Professional Membership Assns NAICS Code: 81392 Professional Organizations SIC Code: 8621 Professional organizations
Persons: Named Person: Swatts, Angela M.
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 245393048
Full Text: American Dental Assistants Association President Angela M. Swatts recently visited Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas, to get a firsthand look at Air Force (AF) dental training programs. In addition to touring the dental assisting and dental laboratory training facilities, President Swatts attended both a dental assisting and dental laboratory graduation and offered congratulatory remarks to the graduating classes.

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While at Sheppard AFB, President Swatts also toured the base dental clinic and received an orientation tour of the aerospace physiology unit where pilots receive life support training. The AF dental assisting training program is accredited through the Commission on Dental Accreditation and produces approximately 280 graduates annually, q-he training program consists of two phases: 48 days of classroom and clinical training at Sheppard AFB, followed by 15 months of structured training at AF dental treatment facilities located around the world. Phase two also includes the completion of an 8-volume set of career development courses.

In October 2010, the dental assisting training program will move from Sheppard AFB to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. The upcoming move was directed by the Base Realignment and Closure Commission and will result in the Air Force, Army, and Navy dental assisting programs being co-located on the same training campus.

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CMSgt Thomas Davis, USAF, is the Career Field Manager for Air Force Dental Services. He has been in the Air Force for over 28 years and serves as the senior dental enlisted consultant to the Air Force Surgeon General. He is responsible for the training, utilization and professional development of 2,400 dental assistants, 450 dental laboratory technicians and 120 hygienists. In addition to an Associate of Applied Science in Dental Assisting, Chief Davis has earned a Bachelor of Science in Management from the University of Phoenix.
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