I consider myself to be a competent professional. I am thrilled to be a member of a profession in which so many advances in techniques and materials are being achieved for the benefit of so many. I look forward to learning and applying the most advanced methods available. I understand that not every dentist who appreciates the value of orthodontics, my specialty of choice, is equipped to specialize. That uncommon skills and characteristics are required, but I believe that I have the potential to become a first-class practitioner. I enjoy the treatment planning process and am meticulous in pre-treatment preparation; I readily cooperate with others to achieve a common goal, I consider myself to be an original and creative person with an appreciation of esthetics, and I believe that my empathy and patient-centered approach together with an ability to communicate well, will provide a firm basis to excel in the specialty.
I am very interested in research and have been involved in as much research as possible during and since my internship. I have already contributed to one piece of published research, ‘Awareness and Acceptance of Dental Therapists Among Dentists: A Cross-sectional Study Among Dentists in XXXX.’ I am working on research on restorative dentistry, which is currently in the publication process and entitled: ‘Assessment of Adaptation of Two Types of Dental Adhesives and Composites Using Cross Polymerization Optical Coherence Tomography.’ I believe that the characteristics of an excellent orthodontist overlap considerably with those of undertaking effective research. I am confident that I have the potential to conduct effective research and greatly look forward to doing so.
I know many more cultures are represented in the US than in Saudi Arabia. Consequently, cultural sensitivity and awareness are vital to US medical or dental professionals. I am widely traveled and enjoy being exposed to varied cultures, learning about their histories and traditions, and sharing knowledge of my heritage. I particularly enjoy trying the foods of different cultures. I am a friendly, outgoing person with a well-developed sense of humor, and am fully fluent in English. I participated in many extra-curricular activities during my training, which provided helpful experience as an influential team member, enabling me to excel as part of a professional team.
Unusually for a child, I was enthusiastic about visiting the dentist because mine was so kind, patient, and friendly. I wanted to emulate her early, so I decided to pursue dentistry. It is a decision I have never regretted; seeing grimaces of pain turn into smiles of relief and gratitude provides me with great satisfaction. I qualified in 2016 with a creditable GPA of 4.4/5, completed an internship program in Saudi Arabia in mid-2017, and have worked in general practice since then. This background has provided me with extensive exposure to general dentistry. I now seek to qualify to practice in the US and then pursue specialist studies in Orthodontics which have become a passion since seeing the dramatic and life-enhancing results that excellent specialists can provide. Ultimately, I aim to become a world-class specialist practicing, researching, and teaching in the specialty and providing widespread and effective dental and oral health preventative education in Saudi Arabia and beyond.
One of my primary interests is providing preventative education in oral and dental health in Saudi Arabia. An increasing incidence of caries is a feature of Saudi dental health caused by the growing consumption of refined sugars, contributing significantly to obesity and diabetes. I want to be part of the solution to this problem. I see the key as being educated at the earliest possible ages, having close parental involvement, and regularly reinforcing that diet and dental health regimes can greatly enhance general health.
I have benefited from excellent training and facilities and have treated patients of all ages with various conditions. I sought as much exposure to esthetic dentistry during my undergraduate studies as possible. I assisted in many challenging cases involving esthetics and enhancement of function, which provided exceptional satisfaction. My passion for orthodontic work was indeed fired when assisting in treating a girl in her late teens who was extremely distressed because of the unsightly appearance of her anterior teeth and confided that she had little confidence and avoided social gatherings. Her appearance was dramatically improved when her treatment was complete, and her faith was restored. Shortly afterward, she became engaged, and I was privileged to be invited to her wedding.
I assure the reader that I shall apply exceptional diligence and enthusiasm to the program to excel rather than merely succeed within it.
Thank you for considering my application.