Afghan-American Woman Dentist in New York City, Orthodontics Residency Personal Statement Sample


A dentist and US citizen born, raised, and educated in New York, I look forward to contributing to the celebration of diversity in your Orthodontics program as an Afghan woman, since my parents came to America from Afghanistan and I am active in the Afghan-American community. There are few female dentists from or in Afghanistan, and this is perhaps especially true with respect to Orthodontics. Thus, I very much look forward to serving as a role model for new generations of Afghan women here in America as well as doing what I can, within time, to help with the advancement of Orthodontics, as well as general dentistry, for underserved or marginalized populations.


Nothing excites me more than planning a long and distinguished career in Orthodontics, not only improving mastication and function, but also empowering individuals with a feeling of self-confidence reflected by and conveyed through their broad, uninhibited smiles. I love the planning that accompanies Orthodontic treatment and the organization required to optimize treatment spanning several years. I seek the most profound and extensive immersion experience possible in your program. Enhancing my appreciation for esthetic concerns at the same time that I go much deeper and carefully study and contribute to our success at correcting the consequences of craniofacial deformities. I keenly look forward to contributing to research in this area as well staying busy professionally and as a volunteer on behalf of those patients suffering from cleft lip and palate.


I look forward to maintaining close ties with the academic world throughout my career; fully dedicated to lifelong education. I would like very much to have the profound privilege of teaching Orthodontics at some point in my career. I plan to eat, sleep, and breathe Orthodontics for several decades to come, and I am looking forward to many years of additional experience if accepted into your program, giving my all to a multi-specialty practice where I would be able to deal with complex craniofacial deformities, working alongside teams of oral surgeons and pediatric dentists.

I finished dental school in 2017 and I have gone on to a GPR at XXXX Hospital - 2017-2018. My experience thus far includes experience with medically complex and/or pediatric patients. The three weeks that I spent immersed in Orthodontics at XXXX, mostly placing brackets and bands, was the high point of my professional life so far, along with sitting in on multiple cleft lip and palate conferences. At LIJ, during the treatment planning stage, space restriction/crowding presented great challenges for the achievement of optimal esthetics, helping me to more fully appreciate how Orthodontics is key to the esthetics of smile design. Invisalign certified, I am currently employed by 2 private dental offices on Long Island.



I date my passion for Orthodontics back to high school, when I had my own Orthodontic treatment. The second oldest of 5 children, I have long served as a role model to my siblings, with my parents as well as brothers and sisters accustomed to turning to me for help as I was growing up. I am well organized and an extremely hard worker. Always with a ‘can do’ attitude, I get things done. Very family oriented, I place a high priority on building and maintaining strong relationships. I like to solve puzzles and I love a challenge. My parents always wanted me to be a medical doctor, but they recognized the special talent in my hands early on and have fully supported my giving my all to dentistry. I am a woman who has always adored fashion, makeup, cosmetics and beauty; thus, turning my attention to the esthetic side of dentistry is a natural choice and the fulfillment of a lifelong calling.

I thank you for considering my application to your distinguished program in Orthodontics.





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