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CAAPID Application Supplemental Questions, Answers

Updated: Aug 6

PLEASE PROVIDE DETAILS OF YOUR EXPERIENCE IN DENTISTRY



I would be honored to be selected to participate in your distinguished program for International Dentists. The program I completed in Dentistry in Armenia was one of the best in the country, generally thought to have clinical and hospital rotations as sophisticated and intensive as anywhere in Central Asia. I did feel somewhat frustrated to have earned the qualification to practice dentistry and then immediately move to a place where I could not practice, but I have invested myself wholesale in the long-term project of going to dental school again to prepare for my maximum contribution to dentistry in my new permanent home; where our profession is practiced on the cutting edge of the art and science of dentistry.


Not long after coming to America, I began working for Dr. XXXX as a volunteer in his clinic, gradually learning the ropes for various duties over the next three years. I decided to take dental assisting classes at Pasadena City College in 2008, which I enjoyed immensely, especially our rotations at USC Clinic and VA hospital. After finishing the program, I went to work in a periodontal office in 2009. In 2013 I began working at XXXX Dental Place and stayed for nearly three years. I still think about those lovely children I taught to floss and brush properly. I started my current position with XXXX Dentistry in 2017. All of my experiences in dentistry leave me feeling each day like I am the most privileged person on the planet. I am grateful to God for my professional choices and the opportunities I have had up until now. Earning my doctorate in Dentistry here in the USA will be my crowning achievement.


PLEASE IDENTIFY ANY FACTORS THAT MAY HAVE HURT SOME ASPECT OF YOUR ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE


If accepted to your program, I now have achieved a degree of financial stability where I can devote myself almost exclusively to my studies for the first time. As a student in dental school, making ends meet financially was a constant struggle. I worked all these years because I had no other option to support myself, paying the basic expenses of life and tuition. I have been a working mother for years and always worked at something and studied simultaneously. Motherhood, on top of it, often makes the schedule tight. Still, I persevered and made time for dentistry, studying independently and working as a Dental Assistant and volunteer. I learned to manage my time well, studied, and excelled on board exams.

SPECIFICALLY, WHY THE XXXX University of Health Sciences College of DENTAL MEDICINE


Numerous aspects of the International Dentist Program at XXXX University convince me that your program is an ideal match for my high dedication and motivation to excellence in Dentistry. I am hungry to see patients, have contact with patients, and have a chance to demonstrate my capacity for compassion, giving my all to my patients.


Most of all, I especially hope to attend XXXX University because it facilitates the beginning of relationships between students in the International Dentist Program with patients, earlier than most other IDP programs, seeing patients at the very beginning of the second year.


I have studied IDPs online for some time, intently, and I get a sense from my extensive investigation of XXXX University’s IDP that it is more forward-thinking forward-than most, if not all, of the other programs. I .especially appreciate the systematic approach of your program in the promotion of complete healthcare, helping dentistry students better appreciate how the body functions as a whole, with oral health as an especially critical aspect linked to all others.


While giving my all as a student in XXXX’s IDP, I look forward to volunteering with giving Kids a Smile and homeless outreach projects. I have already identified the location and meeting hours of related clubs I want to join at XXXX. I hope to retain connections with other students I meet in the IDP at XXXX throughout my professional lifetime, acquiring specialized training and increasingly focusing my networking on my areas of specialization.


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