Born and raised in Vietnam, I immigrated to California and graduated from UXX as a dental hygienist, spending the next 6 years working in this area. Then, I went to dental school to become a dentist. Since May of 2016, I have been practicing general dentistry and preparing myself for special effort and excellence in the area of Endodontics. I hope to become part of you distinguished Endodontics team and earn my Master’s Degree or Certification in Endodontics, making it my lifelong specialty.
It was a profound honor to return to Vietnam as a dentist, participating in a dental mission, providing free, basic care to the underserved. I see this trip as the first of many. I feel that I have a lot to give to dental missionary work in Vietnam, in particular, since Vietnamese is my native language and I am most useful on a mission there as a communicator. On my last trip, I witnessed many people, young as well as old, coming in with desperately decayed teeth. Still, most of these teeth could have been saved rather than extracted. It saddened me greatly that we were unable to save those teeth and this experience left me still more highly motivated to excel at Endodontics as my area of professional specialization in Dentistry for the balance of my professional lifetime.
I have been actively engaged in research since my days as a student of dental hygiene, and then during dental school, studying musculoskeletal disorders among dental professionals, for example, in support of Dr. XXXX, an expert in the field of physical therapy – working with data, literature reviews and compiling lists with descriptions of strengthening exercises that help to counteract daily pain experienced by dental professionals.
Beginning in dental school, I increasingly developed a special passion for Endodontics and I hope to contribute all that I can to the profession through research, life-long learning, and constant striving for clinical excellence. I also plan to dedicate as much time as possible throughout the balance of my career as an Endodontist to helping underserved members of my community.
In addition to serving as a volunteer Teaching Assistant for a Periodontics module with Dr. XXXX and a pre-clinical composite restoration class with Dr. XXXX, I completed numerous continuing education courses, spending all weekend studying subjects ranging from esthetic restoration and implant dentistry to Periodontics, and most importantly, Endodontics. This will help to assure that I provide my patients with up-to-date care.
Throughout the course of my years working as a dental hygienist, I worked closely with several dental companies (Henry Schein, Colgate, etc.) to donate toothbrushes and toothpaste which I brought with me to orphanages in the rural South of Vietnam, along with providing instruction to the children. I also worked closely with AYUDA international, an organization from UXX that delivered dental care to the Developing World. With AYUDA, I traveled to Mexico, Peru, and Fiji to deliver dental care to those in need. Seeing how this organization mobilized and motivated individuals to help others is most inspiring. I also started the Professional Allied Club and we achieved our goal of providing resources, interview tips, and study management for the dental hygiene students at UXX interested in applying for dental school.
I place a high priority on being an example of hard work, diligence, and dedication to research. I learned many valuable things as a dental hygiene professional practitioner for 6 years before going to dental school. The importance of always showing respect for team members and being supportive – most importantly of all, always having a positive and upbeat attitude. I yearn to be selected to become part of that team, an endodontist – a specialist in saving teeth.
I have long engaged in sports from swimming to triathlon throughout high school to college; therefore, I understand the importance of teamwork and its impact on everything in our life. As a dental hygiene team leader at XXXX Dental Group, working alongside Dr. XXXX, I had the opportunity to work with an especially awesome team to deliver the utmost care to our patients; and we exceeded the office quotas month after month. During my six years with the team, we made great progress and were able to achieve an extremely high level of well-synchronized efficiency. In fact, we were nominated as office of the year for two years in a row and I was awarded with the Laser Cup Trophy for winning in the region’s competition. I will never forget that moment, not only for my own abilities as a team leader, but also the accomplishment that resulted from our collective efforts. Becoming successful as a dentist in private practice has also inspired me to set the bar high, and to distinguish myself in Endodontics.
My goal in a residency program is to learn all that I can about state-of-the-art techniques, approaches, and best practices. I could not be more dedicated to the achievement of excellence in endodontic pulpal therapy, and look forward to giving my all as part of your team.
I thank you for considering my application.