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Sample 1st Paragraph for International Dental School Admission, Foreign-trained Filipino-American, Dental School in the Philippines.
Moving to the Philippines in order to qualify and then to practice was an ‘eye opening’ experience. Having been born and raised in the US to Filipino parents, I was unsure what to expect but was very surprised by the differences in attitudes to dentistry. For most people in the Philippines, a visit to a dentist is an occasional and unavoidable evil to which recourse is made only when dental pain becomes unbearable rather than a regular and necessary maintenance exercise. This tendency to neglect did, at least, provide me with very early and frequent exposure to a wide range of serious conditions that would probably take many years of practice to acquire in a western country. It also incited in me a genuine passion to spread preventative dental education to create ‘teeth for life’ for the younger generation. It is my hope to qualify to practice in an economically deprived area of the US and I believe that the experience that I have accrued will enable me to be particularly effective in such a community.
I ask to be accepted to your competitive International Dentist Program so that I will be able to fully resume my career in dentistry in the USA, my new adopted home, to completely realize my ambitions as an oral health professional. After earning my doctoral degree and becoming licensed to practice dentistry here in America, I hope to go on to a lifetime of professional education, practice, and research in dentistry, specifically the area of Prosthodontics. With a license to practice this art, I will strive to apply this discipline to the best of my abilities to restore and rejuvenate smiles. I hope to someday own and operate my own clinic with a multidisciplinary team dedicated to this purpose. Following my graduation from dental school at Haybusak University in Armenia, in May of 2010, I began working as a dentist at my University’s clinic (May 2010 - January 2011). Being a dentist was a dream come true: helping people and enjoying the beautiful results that one can achieve. In February of 2011, I permanently moved to the USA with my family. Since my arrival, I have been doing all that I can to prepare myself for entry into your highly competitive program for international dentists.
Following my graduation from dental school at Haybusak University in Armenia, in May of 2010, I began working as a dentist at my University’s clinic (May 2010 - January 2011). Being a dentist was a dream come true: helping people and enjoying the beautiful results that one can achieve. In February of 2011, I permanently moved to the USA with my family. Since my arrival, I have been doing all that I can to prepare myself for entry into your highly competitive program for international dentists.
I feel that I have valuable contributions to make to dentistry in America, the country that welcomed me into a new world of opportunity and self-expression – and where dentistry is practiced on the cutting edge. Soon after settling in Glendale, CA, I began volunteering at XXXX, D.D.S. Inc., serving as a chair-side dental assistant. After 3 months, they offered me a job which I gladly accepted and I stayed there for 3 years (2011-2014). It was a great opportunity to expand my knowledge, skills, interact with patients and work with a great team providing a broad variety of high-quality dental treatments. Thereafter, I had the pleasure of working as a dental assistant at Unforgettable Smile for a year (2014-2015), a upscale dental office located in Beverly Hills. This position gave me an opportunity to gain more experience in implant dentistry, full mouth reconstruction, sleep dentistry, oral surgery and invisalign treatments. I worked alongside great doctors who were a true inspiration and they all encouraged me to pursue a DDS/DMD Program. Since July of 2015, I have been working at XXXX's Dental Studios in the CAD/CAM Department as both a Dental Technician and a Manager. I make sure every restoration and appliance produced by my department is top quality.
In addition to working as a Dental Assistant and a Dental Technician, I have also volunteered in several dental clinics to increase my exposure even further. I have volunteered several consecutive years at XXXX and each year we have rendered dental treatments to more than 500 underprivileged kids, minors and adults who couldn’t afford proper dental care. It is one of my objectives that upon earning my DDS/DMD degree I will travel to underserved communities to provide the needed dental care.
As an award-winning artist, I have been drawing and painting since childhood and I have a special passion for sculpture and poetry. Being an athlete and a competitive martial artist, I have cultivated perseverance and discipline. My artistic efforts have helped me to become a better dentist, what I do best, and I have stayed busy in my field ever since my arrival in the USA. In the three years at Los Angeles City College (LACC) I furthered my knowledge in dental technology, learning to fabricate variety of dental restorations and appliances. In this endeavor, I earned an AS degree in dental technology. In spring 2015, I was selected by LACC dental technology department to receive the “Golden Spatula” award for having the highest level of hand skills and earning the most points in class. In addition, upon graduation I was one of the 4 valedictorians for class of 2015 at LACC emphasizing my academic achievements.
My personal experience of having dental fluorosis as a child provided me with my initial focus on the art and healing of dentistry. It made me realize how important it is to have a healthy and beautiful smile. I was also attracted to dentistry early on because I am a very outgoing, warm and friendly woman who loves interacting with and helping people.
I very much look forward to doing research in the prevention of oral diseases. I think prevention is the principal area in which our profession and our society needs to devote more resources as a higher priority and I hope to be engaged in making this happen throughout the course of my career. My long term professional dream is to become a professor of dentistry and engage in intensive research, meanwhile teaching new generations of students many of the exciting developments and innovations in our field. Research in oral cancer has been of my interest for a long while. Reading publications and being updated has become a frequent practice for me. I was very close to my grandfather who we lost to cancer which made this fight personal for me, and an endeavor that I will continue as long as I am able.
I thank you for considering my application to your program.