Potential to gain independent experience as well as work with diverse groups, however, difficult to stay current
A typical day at work, whether on a ship, deployed, in a hospital or in a clinic, is a day of seeing patients and administration. The most significant thing I learned as a Navy Dentist, is having confidence in your skills and knowledge base when you are far away from anyone else who knows your profession, but also having the humbleness to identify the cases you may be in over your head and being able to make the decision of "treat or do not treat", in the patient's best interest as well as based on your skill level. Most of my co workers were great. We are dentists. The biggest complaint any dental officer will make is that as you start to pick up rank, you do less dentistry and more administrative/supervisory work. This takes away from our clinical time and puts us behind a desk, not treating patients. The most enjoyable part of the job was not having to sell my work. My work spoke for itself and anywhere I went I had a following of patients who regularly requested me. I enjoyed having the luxury of giving a patient multiple options for treatment planning and not have to consider cost to patient as factoring in. I could provide top quality care with no thought to the patient's wallet.