Born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt, I moved to America with my family in 2011. I am pleased that I finished my education in Egypt nevertheless, and became an experienced dentist in my country of origin. I believe firmly that this will help me to excel at dentistry in the USA, as a bilingual, bicultural Arab woman dentist. I hope to practice dentistry in both of my languages; thus, going to dental school again, in English, in the country with the most advanced practice in the world, could not be a more natural career aspiration. Thus, I sincerely hope that my application to your doctoral program in Dentistry for International Dentists will be looked upon with favor.
On a spiritual and moral level, the underserved represent the focus of my dreams, the locus of the contribution that I hope to make to my community, my profession, and humanity generally speaking. I hope to excel especially at the treatment of Arab speakers in need of health care, since this is also my first language. Our part of the world, North Africa and the Middle East, is rapidly filling up with refugees, from Syria, Iraq, Palestine, and other places, living in camps, millions of others displaced throughout the area struggling to survive however they can. Many have children, dental care is out of reach for the majority. Thus, the vision that I have of myself as a dentist trained in America, is a missionary vision, as I hope to return to my part of the world as often as I can, to do what I can, for those who need me most.
I keenly look forward to a long professional lifetime filled with lifelong education, workshops, and conferences, always alongside practice. I have a special fondness for Prosthodontics and it will probably be in this area that I will seek my highest level of specialization in the future, after first earning my DDS or DMD Degree and gaining several years of experience in general practice. I am especially thankful that I completed my full internship year in Egypt before permanently relocating to America so that my experience, alongside my very high level of motivation, will help me to excel in your rigorous program. I finished dental school in Egypt in 2017 and finished my internship in October of the following year. In March of 2017 I also completed an ADA CERP hands-on continuous education certificate in restorative dentistry, which left me very fired up for further study in the area of Prosthodontics.
I am determined to put the underserved at the center of my professional life, as I have labored very hard to do all along. In Egypt, I participated in nearly 40 convoy trips of medical and dental personnel going to isolated regions of the country, bringing access to health care to the people. Here in the USA, I volunteered extensively for months at the Atlanticare Regional Medical Center, serving as a receptionist in one of the labs. I have also shadowed extensively in a dental clinic and I am close to attaining certification as an X-ray Technician.
I have long felt a special calling to the field of Prosthodontics because of its radical power to enhance the quality of life, centered not only on physical but spiritual nourishment, smiling without reservation as well as chewing one’s food. It is like magic. I also study total facial reconstruction as a result of traffic accidents. I myself was in a bad accident and have had prosthodontic treatment, clearly serving to heighten my awareness and passion for this area of dentistry. I am well versed and experienced in the area of defected palate, both congenital and resulting from surgical resection as often results from oral cancer.
Alongside at least annual trips back to my Arab world, giving my all to the underserved, I hope to practice in New Jersey, where I will also seek out patients who are Arab speakers, as I believe that it has great value to practice dentistry with those who share one’s native tongue. I also look forward to improving my Spanish over time, because of the great need that exists for Spanish-speaking dentists. My family lives in New Jersey and I have an ample social support network that will help me to excel.
I hope to begin volunteering at a free clinic after graduating from your program and becoming licensed to practice dentistry. Hopefully, someday, I will be able to devote a large part of my time and energy to especially needy cases in my own clinic.
I thank you for considering my application to your program.