Egyptian-American Dental School Applicant, Dental Explorers' Program, Personal Statement Editing

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I was raised in an Egyptian Coptic family and culture in which service to others is expected, consequently I have been involved in much voluntary activity such as distributing basic necessities to homeless people both here and abroad which is something that I still do locally on a weekly basis. It seemed natural therefore to seek a career in the field of healthcare and I have undertaken much research into the various potential health related career paths that might be open to me.

Dentistry appealed to me particularly for several reasons: my own contact with dentists in early childhood were positive experiences, I liked and admired the friendly, caring dentists who treated me and felt no apprehension; I relate well to others and am regarded as an amiable and caring person I want to be involved in direct one-to-one healthcare provision; I am drawn by the fact that dentistry is a very dynamic profession in which new techniques and materials are being constantly created and developed; during my research, I became aware of the enormous difference that a good dentist can make, not only in providing pain relief but also in enhancing general health, improving appearances and self-esteem and in widening dietary options. I can think of few professions that can offer such a level of satisfaction.

I have a strong esthetic sense and well-developed manual dexterity which is reflected in my hobbies of playing piano, playing guitar, crafts and art. I have a particular interest in creating ‘3-D’ art, I have taken sculpting classes during which I learned the art of ‘mold-making’ and casting using plaster and die stone which I can apply to dental prosthetics and restoration.

My goals are to qualify and gain experience in general dentistry and then to pursue specialist studies in orthodontics and to become an expert in the specialty, practicing and undertaking research and teaching. I am aware of the enormous difference that orthodontists make in the lives of patients, especially the young and that they can truly transform appearance, self-esteem and confidence.

I know that dental treatment is often regarded as a ‘health luxury’ and as being something that one can safely opt out of and that this widely held attitude needs to be overcome especially since oral cancers require early diagnosis to achieve positive outcomes. I find it disappointing that so many of those who require radical dental treatment seek it abroad, certainly in my own community it is common for people to travel to Egypt or Mexico to obtain treatment and I regard this unfortunate situation as one that ought to be investigated and solutions sought and implemented. It is certainly my intention to provide ‘pro-bono’ care to underprivileged and marginalized populations throughout my career and to do all that I can to provide preventative education in encouraging the adoption of effective oral and dental hygiene regimes and regular dental appointments.

To prepare myself for the program, I have undertaken significant preparation. I feel that my studies in psychology will enable me to empathize with patients and will assist me in reassuring fearful or young patients and in eliciting their confidence and trust. I am undertaking the Dental Preparation courses at UXXX and the summer Dental Prep. Program at XXXX University. I am also on the waitlist for the UXX’s summer Dental Explorers’ Program. I was invited to shadow a family friend who is a dentist and who has encouraged and inspired me by the caring and skilled treatment that she provides. I have worked with her as a non-certified Dental Assistant assisting the dentist and her staff during examinations and in routine housekeeping and administrative tasks as well as providing information to patients about effective dental hygiene regimes. Seeing grimaces of pain transformed into smiles of relief and gratitude has firmly confirmed me in my choice of dentistry and an interest has developed into a passion over the time that I have spent in the clinic. I also volunteered to provide information about the importance of dental and oral hygiene at health fairs at my local pediatric clinic to teach children and families and found great satisfaction in doing so and hope to be involved in many such endeavors in the future.

I know that dentistry, and especially the specialism that I hope eventually to join, calls for personal characteristics and skills that are not common such as exceptional patience and empathy, the ability to inspire trust, planning skills, the ability to think creatively and originally and the ability to cooperate closely with others to achieve a common end, as well as the enthusiasm to always be aware of the latest developments in techniques and materials. I believe that I possess these characteristics and have the potential to acquire and develop the appropriate skills to a high degree. However, my main recommendation is a genuine passion for the profession. I can assure the reader that, if selected, I shall apply myself with exceptional diligence and enthusiasm with the goal of excelling rather than merely succeeding.

Thank your for considering my application.

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