An Egyptian woman and an experienced dentist now making a home for myself in the USA, I chose dentistry as my career because I always wanted to be of service, a humanitarian supporting those in need. I graduated from Pharos University of Dentistry in Alexandria, Egypt in 2013, not at the very top of my class but not far from it My family taught me to have noble ideals and to seek a life of service, helping to make the world a better place, healing the sick, raising people’s self-esteem, etc. Throughout the course of my 5 years of dental studies, I enjoyed the hands-on practice most of all, the challenges and decisions involved in coming up with the perfect treatment protocols and solutions. The complexity of the field, combining intense physical and mental labor along with human interaction and social service makes dentistry my ideal professional choice.
I combine my sense of spiritual mission as a dentist with a love for travel and getting to know other cultures in the Developing World. Some of the fondest moments of my life so far have been spent in a rural mountain village in Pensiangan, Malaysia, serving as part of a medical mission. Since my graduation from dental school in Egypt, I have taken a variety of Continuing Education Courses and also completed a fellowship program. I am certified by the Middle East Dental Society in the area of Intensive Aesthetic Restoration. From May through December of 2016, I completed a Fellowship with the Faculty of Dentistry at XXXX University in collaboration with the University of Genoa Italy.
I have been developing a special focus for some time on ceramic anterior and posterior composite restorations in addition to veneer lamination and the restoration of endodontically treated teeth (post and core). I am well versed in the area of laser applications in cosmetic dentistry, in particular, and have attended dental bleaching workshops. I also completed an intensive course in Implantology and I am accredited by the International Congress of Oral Implantologists as well as the and Alexandria Oral Implantology Association. Finally, I have advanced training in the area of Dento-Alveolar Surgery as well as Basic Life Support and CPR.
In preparation for entering a DDS/DMD Program and re-training to re-start my career here in the USA, I completed an Observership at the UXXX School of Dentistry, shadowing Dr. XXXX, an Endodontist. I hope to be accepted to your distinguished DDS/DMD program on the basis of my track record and great enthusiasm, especially with respect to my passion for helping the underserved. I seek the noble goal of a lifetime of service and the joyful feeling of giving people back their smile.
A Team Leader for World Youth Day 2011 in Spain and France, I have also been a competitive swimmer, winning several medals in Egyptian championships. I have intensive, exceptional clinical experience as a result of my internship which lasted a full year. I rotated in 3 very busy hospitals which focused on the underserved in our community. Most patients came seeking treatment when they were already in pain or suffering from serious dental diseases. This has opened my eyes to my responsibility as a dentist and made me very highly motivated to increase public awareness of the importance of hygiene and preventive oral health measures. After completing my internship, I assisted for 6 months at the Korayem Dental Center in Egypt, assisting mostly with full mouth rehabilitations. I came to greatly appreciate team work and witnessed the enormous power of dentistry to transform lives for the better. I learned a lot about digital smile designs and veneers, participating in group discussions and giving presentations.
Traveling to Malaysia with XXXX Medical Services was a special epiphany. A group of 2 dentists, an internal medicine physician, a pediatrician, and a pharmacist, with local missionaries responsible for providing transportation, cooking, and assisting in translation, we travelled to some of the most rural mountain villages in the country, converting school rooms into dental clinics. I had the most rewarding experiences of my life on my mission to Malaysia and another mission to the Philippines which focused on restoration. The face of one young Filipino woman about 20 years old will always be with me. After completing her restoration, I handed her a mirror. With tears in her eyes she told me that dentistry is a blessing that made it possible for people who haven’t smiled in a long time, to lay a big, healthy grin on the world and be seen as they really are. This moment reaffirmed my dedication to the goal of progressively investing my time and energy at the service of the underserved, those who would otherwise not have access to our care.
I look forward to opening my own practice at some point, continuing to serve my local community, and spending a professional lifetime on regular, international dental humanitarian missions to the Developing World.