I am a dentist from Moldova who has immigrated permanently to America and I hope to continue practicing my profession as a dentist here in my new home country. I want to thank you in advance for considering the application of an older, non-traditional student for acceptance into your program. I ask for special consideration on the basis of the fact that, while establishing myself here in America and hoping to practice dentistry here, I also want very much to return to Moldova. In fact, my central professional dream which I ask you to consider is using my extensive understanding of the challenges confronting the advancement of dentistry throughout the former Soviet Union.
I realize that few 48 year olds are admitted to DDS programs for international dentists. But I want very much to be the old man in the class, which I think is healthy for academic diversity, and I feel strongly that the presence of an older, non-traditional student with vast experience in a critical part of the world is good for the academic community. Furthermore, I plan to work as hard as my body allows for another 2 to 3 decades. On the basis of the world-class education that I hope to receive by completing your distinguished International Dentist Program, I am most confident that I will have much to contribute to our profession over the long term. I feel strongly that my unique life experiences will propel me forward to major contributions to dentistry that I am destined to fulfill.
I was born in Russia’s Siberia. I have visited and lived in numerous countries, always exercising my profession as a dentist in one way or the other: participating in scientific conferences, observerships, hands-on seminars and trade shows. The list includes Germany, Czech Republic Israel, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Russia, and Ukraine. I studied English, German and Hebrew. English is the language that I have mastered the best after Russian. I learned German because I wanted to communicate with my colleagues in Germany.
The Soviet government did not place a very high priority on either dental research or dental practice. Thus, right after the soviet system collapsed and our borders were opened for traveling, I was hungry to escape to the rest of the world, to see, to learn. First, I went to Germany to observe the German way of doing dentistry. From the first day I was able to see how far behind we were compared to Germany. I saw a huge difference between “our” way of doing dentistry throughout the USSR and an “art” of dentistry in German dental clinics. While the general medical-dental knowledge was perhaps not so far apart, the German understanding of the principles of materials and technology was light years more advanced. A deep desire to return to study in a highly modern system such as the contemporary DDS Progam in the USA took root at that time and I have longed to return to school ever since.
I spent 5 years studying to become a dentist in the Republic of Moldova, graduating in 1986 and began working immediately as a dentist in a public hospital. A decade later, I would have the privilege of distinguishing myself for one year in an AEGD Residency Program at the College of Dentistry, University of Oklahoma, earning a Certificate of Completion. From 1989 through 2006, I worked with the XXXX Christian Medical Society of Moldova, serving as Vice President. From 1999 through 2005, I also served as the Medical Coordinator for Moldova with XXXX USA. From 2005 through 2011, when I immigrated to the USA, I was in private practice.
Through the years of my career I increasingly came to realize that Dentistry is never static; rather, it is an extremely dynamically developing field of Science. As someone committed to lifelong education, therefore, I look forward to becoming a much more highly qualified dentist as a result of completing your program, someone who will be able to make important advances in my contribution to our profession. I am also certain that the experience of your program will result in new, especially creative energy that I will have to devote to the cause of dental missions to the Developing World, in my case, Central Asia in particular.
I would like to begin or become part of a multidisciplinary dental institute, something like "Head and Neck Center" where together with other colleagues and specialists we could not only implement the most resent and advanced technology available in the rehabilitation of the health status of our patients, but this would also be an excellent platform for valuable research in new and advanced treatment methods.
I am certain that there are many excellent and talented dentists from all over the world applying to your distinguished International Dental Program. I ask to be considered on the basis of great and well-established passion for dentistry. Dentistry is my life and I have now devoted 25 years to it, a lot of postdoctoral education, abundant experience. Your program will bring my international education to fruition in America where I can now blossom as a dentist like never before.