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Endodontics Residency, Iranian International Dentist, DMD from Hungary and IDP

Updated: Apr 14

My people, the Baha’i's from Iran, have long been severely persecuted, spied on, repressed, assassinated in large numbers, with educational opportunities severely restricted. When my sister fell off her bicycle knocking out all of her front teeth, her face a bloody mess, I set my sights on becoming a dentist in the future, even though I was still a child at the time.

When I found out that members of my beautiful religion of peace, love, and caring for one’s fellowman, are not allowed to enter dental school, or train for most other professions, I was distressed and angered and I set about looking for ways in which I might go about overcoming this injustice. I am most grateful to America for giving me a new home and I am very thankful to be taken in by a society that allows me to opportunity to pursue my dreams. Ultimately, the severity of oppression to which we were subjected in Iran only strengthened my determination to become a dentist - so that I could devote my life to helping others achieve their own goals and dreams in the face of adversity.

Next year, 2019, I will complete my International Dentist Program at the University of Washington and I hope to proceed directly into further training in the area of my greatest passion, the specialization to which I look forward to giving my all for decades to come: Endodontics. In pursuit of excellence in Endodontics, I am hoping to be selected to attend a rigorous, 2-year residency program, launching my career in this most special area, conservative dentistry, saving rather than uprooting, to the extent to which it is possible. Preventive followed by conservative dentistry are my guiding lights; and I keenly look forward to the opportunity to prove myself in an Endodontics program. I have been dedicated to Endodontics, in particular, since my dental training in Hungary. This is why, before beginning my ID Program at the University of Washington, I spent a year at the UCLA Dental School in Los Angeles, CA completing my Advanced Clinical Training in Endodontics (2017-2018). This program was especially marvelous insofar as it provided me with lots opportunities for direct contact with patient using the most advanced methods in the field. Now, at UW, I serve as the President of our Endodontic Study Club.

Earning my DMD in Budapest, Hungary (2006-2012) had its challenges: adapting to a new culture, language barriers to overcome, but those were some of the best years of my life, especially enjoying the multicultural community. Dental School in Hungary provided me with a sense of community that I never felt growing up in Iran. I most enjoyed working with and learning from enthusiastic peers as well as professors. I hope to once again contribute to such a community, and expand my research capacities in the area of Endodontics. Here in the USA, I also served as a dental assistant for several years, helping me to become fully amalgamated to American dentistry, working at Kid’s Choice Dental in Aurora, Colorado Dec 2013 – 2017. In this position, I assisted with patient care, office work, and the laboratory.

A speaker of Persian and Hungarian as well as English, I have worked as a translator for a physician’s office located in Aurora, Colorado. My volunteer work, in particular, speaks to my long-term interest in working with patients in an Endodontic setting, serving as a screener for a local Pediatric Dentistry clinic. One 12-year-old girl, after discovering that she had a number of cavities, asked several questions about her treatment options and then the equipment in the office. At the conclusion of the appointment, she confessed to me that she too harbors the dream of someday becoming a dentist. This brought me back to the feeling that I had myself at about that same tender age, when I lent a hand to help the children of impoverished families in Iran. Encounters like these with young patients in both Colorado and Iran, re-enliven my determination to honor the sacrifices I have made in the past by pursuing a career in Endodontics in America – to the fullest extent of my capacity to do so. I find intense, sustained joy in Endo.

Amazingly, six months after her accident, my sister Mahan’s lovely smile shone just as it had before. Without the help of a high quality and dedicated dentist, however, she would never have regained the smile that gave her so much comfort and confidence. Ironically, this unfortunate accident may have inspired my decision to pursue dentistry, leave our home in Iran and pursue my education abroad. Now, as the result of an enormous amount of hard work - with Endodontics always the light at the end of my tunnel – I will now hopefully achieve my foremost dream of becoming a practicing Endodontist in the United States.

I thank you for considering my application to your distinguished residency program in Endodontics.

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