An Arab woman and a dentist born in Canada, I was raised mostly in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, our country’s most cosmopolitan and international city. I also completed dental school and launched my career in dentistry here in Jeddah. I tend to think of North America as my second home, however, and I keenly look forward to continuing to get to know the USA, building upon my experience for 3 months in 2014 as a student in an Intensive English course in Washington DC. I like to think of myself as someone who is well read with respect to global issues in dentistry from multicultural perspectives and I am looking forward very much to contributing to the diversity of your distinguished advanced training program in Operative Dentistry. In addition to America, I have spent extended periods of time in Western Europe as well as the Middle East and Africa. Being well traveled has helped me to feel comfortable in international dentistry, overcoming language and cultural barriers.
I was always near the top of my class in dental school, always earning a certificate of achievement. Each year, I did even better than the year before. I gave dental school my all, 24-7, and by the end of my 6th and final year, I submitted twice the amount of material required for my comprehensive clinical care course and graduated with a GPA of 4.79/5, ranking 3rd in my class in Dental Medicine & Surgery at King Abdulaziz University Faculty of Dentistry in Jeddah (2016). I next completed an internship program and then began working at this same university as a Teaching Assistant, this past January, 2018. I am especially proud of the fact that I have one publication in the area of public health dentistry. I hope to publish my next project in the area of operative dentistry.
My father and mother, both physicians, have always been my foremost role models. Since I was a young, always curious, child, I observed them treating and helping people, alleviating their pain and symptoms and helping greatly to improve the overall quality of their lives. I generally listened intently to their conversations about cases and patients. When I was in high school my holder sister was in dental school and I spent countless hours observing her, watching her carve teeth in wax, for example, leaving me very impressed with the creativity and talent required. Soon, I had decided to follow in the footsteps of my sister rather than my parents and I set my sights on dental school.
A very community-oriented dentist, for me, dentistry is inseparable from social service. For years, I have labored with a broad variety of organizations and initiatives to help improve knowledge and awareness about oral health and hygiene. I have attended and often helped to organize many community, oral-health events both before and after graduating from dental school: in malls, schools and hospitals. I feel strongly that our profession has an important duty to serve the community at large.
I believe that one of the most important duties we have is improving the community. I have always believed that one of the most important aspects of personhood is the smile. Beauty, confidence, and health are all central aspects of treatment outcomes for me. I was thrilled to begin treating patients in my 4th year and quickly focused not only on operative but also the esthetic aspects of dentistry. Nothing brings me as much joy as treating many patients and seeing the results in the happiness written on their faces. I truly love what I do.
During my internship, I spent 4 months in restorative clinics in different hospitals in Jeddah. working with consultants and assisting with restorations, absorbing as much knowledge as possible. I attended many lectures and workshops during this period in particular, especially as concerns composites and veneers. Fully dedicated to lifelong learning, I plan to always study towards further career advancement in my field with a central focus on operative dentistry.
As a Teaching Assistant in Operative Dentistry at King AbdulAziz University, I have continued to learn many things that will enable me to hit the ground running in your program and excel. My long-term goal, after several more years of advanced training, is to give my all to the academic world of dentistry and make my mark as a creative teacher of Operative Dentistry, passing on the torch to new generations of Saudi students of oral surgery. My special interest in the area of public health dentistry will enable me to progressively contribute to the cause of dental care and dental surgery in my country for those who can least afford to pay for it, the underserved. I also look forward to doing research in this area when I am further along in the development of my career.
I thank you for considering my application to advanced training in Operative Dentistry.