Ever since I was a little boy, I was into hobbies that called for mastery, such as painting, snowboarding or even 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 my all so far to Endodontics, and keenly look forward to always doing so. Diligent and compassionate, the patient always stands at the center of my world, nurturing my special passion for Endodontology.
My endless inquisitiveness inadvertently made my parents and teachers uneasy. I remember loving games where I had to find hidden objects and solving 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 the success rate of my work and I want to learn to correctly diagnose the disease and perform the ideal treatment every time. I want to become a counselor to general practitioners, guiding and supporting them in the total oral health care of their patients.
I most enjoy the way that Endodontic treatment takes away the pain of the patients since I take deep pride in my cultivation of compassion. Having experienced endodontic pain myself as a child, I know how terrible it is. I love seeing that great big smile and thumbs up when they return for a follow up. I can utilize the same skillset when I go on community service trips, helping hundreds of patients who are in pain in underserved areas. Although extraction would seem to be a quick and permanent solution for the patients, I believe that performing endodontic procedure and prolonging the use of the tooth is generally more beneficial to the patient.
The diligent work nature of Endodontics also suits my personality. For me endodontic procedures are the most important mastery of all. Just like you can’t become a craftsman overnight, I believe you need time and experience to become good at endodontics. General dentist will never be good as the resident and the resident will never be good as endodontist who has been practicing for a while. I am a 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 distinguishing myself in the completion of an Endodontics residency, I look forward to decades to come of full-time practice in this area of dentistry and eventually mentoring new generations of younger dentists in this area. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to dedicate my life to the perfection of our finest level of treatment rather than the ongoing practice of mediocre treatment. I also have the very fond hope of teaching Endodontics at a university at some point in my career.
I have often lamented that I had to delay two years of preparation in Dentistry in order 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 important and central Dentistry is to my life. I am also especially thankful for the opportunity that I had to complete a residency in General Dentistry, as this enabled and 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 and I always do everything that I can to put my patient first and to 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 to volunteer as an on-call doctor seeing emergency patients in need.
I thank you for considering my application.