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Welcome to Naval Postgraduate Dental School (NPDS)

Residents will become proficient clinicians and leaders in their specialty.  They will promote optimal 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
Under the command and support of the Naval Medical Leader and  Professional Development Command, the Naval Postgraduate Dental School conducts advanced programs for dental officers that are designed to help the Dental Corps meet its need for officers who are fully qualified to practice, teach, and conduct research in dentistry. The programs are as follows:
  • One-year fellowship in Maxillofacial Prosthetics
  • Two-year residencies in Comprehensive Dentistry, Endodontics, and Orofacial Pain
  • Three-year residencies in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Periodontics, Orofacial Pain, and Prosthodontics
  • Four-year residency in Maxillofacial Prosthodontics
All multi-year residencies include a course of instruction leading to a Master of Science Degree in Oral Biology from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS).

Application Procedures
Application to NPDS is open to Navy dental officers.  The process is published annually in the BUMEDNOTE 1520.  Call (301) 295-0650 for information on applying for a dental residency programs.
Contact Us
Naval Postgraduate Dental School
Naval Medical Leader and Professional Development Command
8955 Wood Road, Building 1, 4th Floor
Bethesda, MD 20889-5611

Building 1 is WRNMMC's historic "Tower"

Main:  (301) 295-0064
DSN:  295-0064
Continuing Education:  (301) 295-0205
Correspondence Courses:  (301) 319-4832
Fax:  (301) 295-5767

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday, 07:30am - 4:00pm

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
​Navy PGY-1 (GPR + AEGD) Programs
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