African Applicant to Master's Degree Program in Periodontology in the UK, London. Personal Statement

Updated: Aug 23

An international dentist originally from Africa and raised in the UK, it would be a profound honor for me if I were to be selected to contribute to the diversity of your extremely competitive Master’s Degree Program in Periodontology at XXXX. I was born and spent the first three years of my life in Khartoum, Sudan. My family brought me to England at the age of three and it has been my permanent home since then, living first in London (1993-2001) and then Norwich since 2001. From 2008 through 2013, I studied dentistry at one of the finest dental schools in Hungary, earning my DMD Degree as well as an MSC in Implantology, focusing my thesis on the pharmacological aspects of dental implantation. I have also traveled around most of Europe and gotten to know Cyprus especially well. A Coptic Orthodox Christian, I speak Coptic as well as Arabic.

Well-read and well-traveled, I feel strongly that I have valuable things to contribute to discussions of global dentistry in your program and the great need that exists for access to oral health care in the Developing World, especially my native Africa. My central professional goal is to become the most accomplished expert that I can in the area of Periodontology, gene therapy, and especially the use of lasers for periodontal therapy. Towards this end, I have continued to study intensively since I completed dental school, by taking additional postgraduate courses in Oral Surgery, implant training, and I am now currently enrolled in post-graduate training towards earning a Certificate in Clinical Periodontology. I have also had additional training in Endodontology and Aesthetic Dentistry but not as part of a formal university programme.

In my 4th year of dental school, I was most fortunate to have two very brilliant Periodontology teachers - shadowing and assisting both of them with multiple Perio cases - inspiring my desire to devote the balance of my professional life to the area of Periodontology. Upon completion your program at Kings College, I look forward to decades of service as a Perio consultant serving in hospitals and private clinics. We have an expression in Arabic loosely translated as “there is no sweetness without fire,” which is my guiding light. I have great passion and zeal for dentistry, Periodontology in particular, taking enormous pride in my work. My very identity is based on upholding the highest standards in my practice combined with a lifelong dedication to improving my capacity as an oral health care professional.  Every dental locum position in which I have served, I have given my all, my very best effort with each and every patient with no exceptions. I could not imagine doing otherwise.

I feel especially privileged to have served in several dental locum positions, learning a great deal in each location and I feel accomplished to have become highly competent in a broad variety of dental procedures. The extensive experience that I have acquired so far will help me to excel in Periodontology at XXXX. Ultimately, as my career continues to progress along with my financial capacity, I look forward to increasingly dedicating my time to dental missionary activity, serving in refugee camps where Arabic-speaking dentists are in great demand. There are numerous refugee camps across South Sudan where I was born, as well as Northern Egypt where my language skills in Coptic would be useful in addition to my Arabic.

I also look forward to advancing my knowledge base and skill set in the area of preventive dentistry, giving dietary advice, especially in the context of limited access to nutritional sources. Finally, it is my hope to at some point teach new generations of dental students, passing on the torch, especially with respect to inspiring new generations by setting an example of service in Africa and expanding the horizons of global dentistry through solidarity and service.

I thank you for considering my application.

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