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Argentine Applicant: Residency Orthodontics, Spanish-Speaking Community

Updated: Aug 3, 2022

Now finishing up dental school in south Florida, I hope to move forward immediately with my chosen specialty, Orthodontics, by being accepted to a residency program in this area. While I was born and raised in Miami, my parents are Argentine, and Spanish is their first language, which they passed on to me. I could not be more pleased to be a native speaker of this language because of the opportunities it will afford me to contribute to efforts to help the underserved in the Spanish-speaking community of south Florida. My great love for diversity further enhanced my experience studying abroad as an undergraduate student, spending six months in Milan, Italy.

I want to practice in south Florida because that’s where my friends and family are from, which leaves me highly motivated to give back to my local community. I have already spent a lot of time investigating progress that has already been made in south Florida and other places in providing low-cost Orthodontic care to low-income families, and I hope to distinguish myself in this regard in South Florida in the future, particularly concerning our large and growing population of primarily Spanish speakers.

One of the things that I most appreciate about Orthodontics is the delayed gratification involved in incremental improvement, from beginning to end of the treatment process. I enjoy the cultivation of patience and discipline that is required. I have always played to win, from soccer to water polo and flag football. I have also always paid rigorous attention to my diet and physical conditioning, and I still give my full measure to the game.

Becoming an Orthodontist represents the fulfillment of a childhood passion concerning my ortho procedures beginning at 8. I was hungry to see and understand what was happening to me, inciting a burning curiosity about Orthodontics that has mushroomed ever since. I had a massive diastema and severely protruded maxillary teeth, which resulted in my wearing headgear for two years. Although many people laughed at or felt sorry for me, I saw it as something positive and relished my craniofacial anatomy reconstruction.

The entire process required eight years, from 8 to 16. When it was complete, I was happier than most people at 16, and I had direction, great passion, and the keenest desire to master craniofacial anatomy. This kind of transformation follows you for the rest of your life, coloring everything that is to follow in profound ways. It provides me with a mission directed towards children around eight years old, who are now as I once was.

I keenly look forward to many decades of service on the cutting edge of Orthodontics, helping push boundaries in various areas, from technological advancement to greater inclusivity along racial, class, and linguistic lines. At some point, I look forward to opening my practice, where I hope to devote myself to helping underserved populations in my community to the extent to which it is possible. I also hope to serve as an inspiring role model as a sponsor of local youth groups.

I could not be more committed to the cause of access to dental care for all community members. I have shown outstanding commitment to dentistry in general, going out of my way to attend seminars with distinguished faculty. This dedication is evident in the fact that I was selected to participate in our competitive Orthodontic Honors Program in my dental school because of the excellence of my work in this area and my potential to contribute to Orthodontics in the future.

Concerning research, I am especially fascinated by the adjunctive use of orthodontics alongside general dentistry. I read widely in pre-prosthetic orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry, even in my free time.

I thank you for considering my application.

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