When I went to the dentist’s office as a child in India, we would often bless our dentist after our treatments. This was a formative experience for me, socialization in nobility. Since I can remember, I have thought of the dentist as the pinnacle of respectability and the professional most worthy of esteem. Since I am driven to succeed in my chosen field, I have always worked extremely hard; this is why I graduated second in my dental school class of 45. Since I came to America a year ago, I have jumped right into my profession in its new context, learning a great deal about dentistry in my new country through an observership, my volunteer work as a Dental Assistant at a free clinic, and most recently my position as a Research Volunteer with the UCLA Dental Research Project.
I am a young woman who is very focused on her career and want very much to become the most highly skilled and responsible dentist possible; this is a goal that consumes me and makes me very happy. Making my patients my number one priority seems to be the most natural thing that I could possibly do, providing both structure and sustenance to my life. Especially dedicated to principle of life-long learning, I keenly look forward to many decades staying abreast of all the major developments in dentistry so as to always provide cutting-edge treatment. Thus, I am now at a point where I see working towards the attainment of the DDS Degree in America to be the beginning of a long career in international dentistry and dental education.
After completing a program for International Dentists and becoming licensed to practice, I look forward to working for especially talented dentists who will provide the optimal setting for me to continue to enhance my skills. My long term goal is to specialize in oral and maxillofacial surgery. I hope to someday establish my own dental office and—to the extent to which I can afford to do so— build my practice around service to the less privileged members of our community. I fully intend to always maintain dynamic and creative contacts with academic dentistry programs, learning from world-renowned faculty and colleagues. I also want to stay constantly engaged with the non-profit clinics in my community, as I see this as of central or foundational importance to our moral code as doctors. It is also my volunteer service which most warms my heart and fills my soul. I have now been networking with numerous oral-health-care-related, non-profit organizations for years—both online and brick and mortar--constantly gaining valuable experience in terms of human and professional organization for a most worthy cause.
Breakthrough research in the area of oral cancer/gingivitis and periodontal diseases occupies the center of my world. Currently working under the supervision of Dr. XXXX at UCXX, I am completely immersed in our quest to detect biomarkers for the early detection of these diseases. I feel enormously privileged to be a part of such a world class research team since it is difficult for me to imagine a more noble cause than the early detection of oral cancer. I also have the privilege of doing data entry for a research project in dental education and evidence based dentistry with Dr. XXXX in UCXX’s Pediatric Dentistry Department.
I completed my bachelor’s degree in general dentistry from a well recognized college in India, graduating second in a class of approx. 60 students. I am a student of high integrity and a firm believer in the importance of a merit based admission process. I have invaluable professional and volunteer experience in both public (non profit) and private sectors through which I have been exposed to a broad variety of oral health care settings, first in India and now in America. I have worked in rural as well as urban areas and treated patients from all kinds of backgrounds and with all kinds of maladies. I especially treasure my professional experience in multi-cultural settings, both in India and the US, allowing me to gain a great deal of confidence in my ability to learn quickly. This is why I expect to excel in your program.