I hope very much to be accepted to your very special Community Based AGED Program in XXXX Florida so that I can become licensed to practice dentistry in Florida, where I now live with my family. While born in the United States, my family is from Yemen and I was raised and attended school there as well as in the USA. I am thankful for this, since it enabled me to become fully bicultural and bilingual, speaking both English and Arabic at the native or near-native speaker level, understanding several cultures, and having awareness of and empathy for the underserved. I look forward to contributing to the diversity of your program as a dentist from a nation that is in great need of solidarity from the global oral health community. I am personally afraid to return to Yemen given the current political situation of all-out war, but I dream of returning at some point in the future as a dental missionary once it is safe to do so.
We moved from the USA to Yemen when I was 5 years old and stayed there for the next 7 years. I also spent 4 formative years growing up in Qatar from 1997 through 2001 and then Egypt from 2004 through 2011. Currently we live in XXXX County, Florida, USA and I am very happy to be here. Now, as a dentist with a great deal of experience and awareness of several Arab countries, Qatar and Egypt as well as Yemen, I especially look forward to treating immigrants from the Middle East here in Florida who prefer to have a dentist who will care for their oral health needs and educate them in their mother tongue.
I am grateful to have also spent 3 months in Canada in 2003 and again in 2011 for another 2 months. My travels have helped me to appreciate the interconnected nature of global dentistry and mission. I also spent 2 weeks in Syria in 2010 and my heart bleeds for the devastation of this country in particular, at war like my own, Yemen. In both conflicts, the civilians bear the cost and oral health care infrastructure is destroyed, dentists flee.
I earned my honorary DDS at the University of Cairo, Faculty of Oral and Dental Medicine, in May, 2009 and then went on to serve for the next 5 years as a full-time dentist, first in Egypt and then in Yemen. I have mastered a variety of basic dental procedures and I also have extensive experience in dental emergencies, fixed Prosthodontics, and treating handicapped or disabled patients. I was very happy to work in a small town in Yemen and serve the community there as part of a dental team. My employer was a Professor at Sana'a University who made it possible for us to attend to even the most vulnerable members of the community. We left Yemen for security reasons in 2015. Now, I hope to practice dentistry in Florida.