My interest in dentistry was fired up when I was 16 and a friend of the family was diagnosed with oral cancer, surviving only after the mandible on one side was surgically removed. Through this sad event, I became aware of the significant challenges surrounding the provision of dental and oral care in India and the sad effects of tobacco and alcohol consumption, especially perilous habit of chewing tobacco. I decided to become part of the solution and went on to earn the highest marks in my state and becoming a recipient of the Colgate-Indian Dental Association Scholarship. I am now most enjoying a fellowship in Oral Implantology and regard the ‘sky as the limit’ in my career. I am especially pleased to be published in four journals, so far.
After my basic dental education (B.D.S.), I went on to pursue my master’s degree (M.D.S.) in Oral Medicine and Radiology. It was during this period that I had the opportunity to attend lectures by eminent dentists and academics from USA, such as Dr. XXXX, Dr. XXXX, Dr. XXXX and others. After interacting with them, I became fascinated by their work and learned about the ways the USA offers dental education; its curriculum, state-of-the-art technologies, prospects of a dentist and wide research opportunities. Such encounters triggered a desire to further my dental education in the USA.
While practicing as an Associate Dentist in India since May 2014, for about 3 years, I took up a post as a Senior Lecturer in Oral Medicine and Maxillofacial at the Anil Neerukonda Institute of Dental Sciences and worked in this capacity until January 2016. I thoroughly enjoyed passing on my skills and knowledge to students and received highly positive feedback from students and staff. Throughout my career in India, I organized many oral screening camps and motivational talks to raise oral health awareness among the people. I am aware that education in oral and dental health is of enormous importance in enhancing general health especially in India but also among underprivileged communities in the US and world-wide and I intend to assist in such projects throughout my career.
Since moving to the US in June of last year, I have sought to acquire as much exposure as possible to the local dental environment. I have been working as a Dental Assistant while studying for the National Board Exams. This has provided me with the opportunity to see how the latest technologies are applied and to observe the work of several dentists and to appreciate their various clinical styles and to compare treatment plans. I am also a volunteer at the American Red Cross and Chicago Cares. This experience has exposed me to the diversity of local communities and has enabled me to help those who have been less fortunate in life than I have been. I am now aware of the oral health awareness, myths, cultural taboos and oral diseases prevailing in the communities.
At present I am assisting Dr. XXXX as a Research Volunteer at the Midwestern Dental College. I am providing assistance by collecting samples, preparing culture media, administering electronic questionnaires and preparing manuscripts for research articles. I am particularly interested to research in dental implants and tissue engineering. I am now aware of the protocol of the research studies here in the USA and various ethical aspects involved. Once qualified to practice in the US, I hope to pursue a Master’s in Implant Surgery, as this discipline is the new dimension of replacing missing teeth while still maintaining the dynamics of the alveolar bone. My ultimate goal is to acquire the skills, knowledge and experience to equip me to become a world-class practitioner and to give back to the society in whatever way I can.
An experienced dentist with significant clinical, teaching and research experience. I have enjoyed a highly successful clinical and academic career and have clear goals for my future in my chosen specialty. I am always willing to learn and I also like to share the knowledge gained from my previous dental experiences with my colleagues. I am continuously looking for ways to self-improve. The more I grow, the more I realize there is so much out there that I don’t know, so much that I have to learn. I believe that my background will enable me to ‘add value’ to the program in which I intent to participate with exceptional diligence and enthusiasm.