Second year students travel to remote Bethel, Alaska, 400 air miles west of Anchorage, to gain practical experience working with patients in real life clinical situations. Accessible only by air and river, Bethel is the largest community in Western Alaska and serves the health needs of more than 50 villages in the Yukon-Kuskokwim river delta. The training program has an up to date six-chair dental clinic where, since 2008, Alaska Native residents can go to have their oral healthcare needs met by DHAT trainees. Under the supervision of dentist faculty students bring into their clinical year everything learned in their first year classroom and pre-clinic laboratory. Upon graduation at the end of this clinical year, and following a 400 hour clinical preceptorship and federal certification, the DHATs return to their own communities to offer dental healthcare services that meet the most common needs of their fellow villagers.
Corina CadzowBased in Ft. Yukon, AK
Employed by Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments
I am from Fort Yukon, Alaska. My goal was to start a career that was always different and challenging. I got an education as a Dental Health Aide Therapist so I could return to my hometown and work with the people of my community. I try to make the people confortable, and educate them on how to keep from getting cavities. I have a lot of friends here and like to help in anyway I can. I like to go camping, hunting, and fishing. I also like to bead and play basketball.