Ever since I was a little boy, I was into hobbies that called for mastery, such as painting, snowboarding, or fishing. What I enjoyed most in these and other activities was witnessing the improvement in my abilities to perform in each area. Effort never betrays since reward usually matches time and effort. I have given myself so far to Endodontics and keenly look forward to continuing to do so. Diligent and compassionate, the patient always stands at the center of my world, nurturing my particular passion for Endodontology.
My endless curiosity inadvertently made my parents and teachers uneasy. I remember loving games where I had to find hidden objects and solve puzzles and riddles. My appreciation for images and detail has matured into a passion for radiology, which will assist me as an Endodontist with pulp anatomy, pathology, and diagnosis; increasingly sensitive to the fact that every pulp chamber and canal chamber are different and not all tooth pain can be treated with root canal therapy. I want to increase my success rate still further and learn to correctly diagnose disease and perform the ideal treatment every time. I want to become a counselor to general practitioners, guiding and supporting them in their patient's total oral health care through endodontics.
I most enjoy the way that endodontic treatment takes away the patients' pain since I take great pride in my cultivation of compassion. Having experienced endodontic pain as a child, I know how terrible it is. I love seeing that big smile and thumbs up when they return for a follow-up. I can utilize the same skillset on community service trips, helping hundreds of patients in pain in underserved areas. Although extraction would seem to be a quick and permanent solution for the patients, I believe that performing endodontic procedures and prolonging the use of the tooth is generally more beneficial to the patient.
For me, endodontic procedures are the most critical mastery of all. Just like you can’t become a craftsman overnight, I believe you need time and experience to become good at endodontics. I am the type of person who would pursue perfection calmly and steadily without dereliction. I can see myself honing my skill slowly and diligently throughout my professional career. After completing an Endodontics residency, I look forward to decades of practice in this area of dentistry and eventually mentoring new generations of younger dentists in this area. I hope to teach Endodontics at some point in my career.
I have often lamented that I had to delay two years of Dentistry preparation to complete mandatory military service in Korea, serving as a watchman in the DMZ. Nevertheless, this contributed to my cultivation of discipline, and I had time to reflect on who I was and how vital and central Dentistry is to my life. I am also incredibly thankful for the opportunity to complete a General Dentistry residency. This empowered my understanding of the importance of referring general dentistry patients to specialists in their area of need.
Perhaps most importantly, I pride myself on being a compassionate dentist. I always do everything I can to put my patients first and empathize with them, putting myself in their shoes. I have long gone that extra mile to participate in outreach programs. Even with the COVID-19 outbreak in full swing, I continue volunteering as an on-call doctor seeing emergency patients in need.
I thank you for considering my application.