A dentist originally from India, I earned my DDS Degree at XXXX University and have been practicing dentistry for a total of five years, 1.5 here in America. Throughout the course of my studies in dental school, increasingly, I came to find myself especially enthralled with every aspect of Endodontics, alleviating pain and discomfort and saving the teeth in question. Now, after having gained additional experience in dentistry here in the USA, it is even more clear to me that I want to give my all to a lifetime specialization in Endodontics.
I was the first to go to college in my family in India. Marriage brought me to the USA and the re-start of my career by earning my DDS at XXU. Those three very busy years at XXU helped me to fully appreciate the larger picture of the advanced state of dentistry in America. By the time that I graduated from XXU, I had been exposed to the complete microcosm of patients and their families in the USA, people from all walks of life, ethnic groups, cultures, and languages. I thrived in this fully international dental community. As a dental student and since then as a practicing dentist, I have always strived to provide the very finest care that I can to each patient to whom I attend. I have learned from each and every one of them and I read myself to sleep almost every night about the latest advances in dentistry, especially with respect to techniques. There is always a new diagnosis that I feel highly motivated to study. For the last several years in particular, my certainty that Endodontics is my calling has been reinforced by the fact that, more and more, my personal study has gravitated to this area, both on my own and with CE courses. Nothing excites and engages me more than the preservation of tooth structure.
I look forward to a long, intensive, sustained, engagement with all aspects of Endodontics, clinical practice, contributing to research, and perhaps someday teaching in my field as well. Endodontics appeals greatly to my nature, conservative in many things including dentistry, I appreciate what is natural, non-invasive to the extent to which it is possible. A deeply spiritual person, sometimes I find myself thinking of a tooth as something very much like a human being, as an aspect of human life created by God with intrinsic value. Furthermore, I hope to give as much of my time and energy to come in the future serving as an Endodontist in a voluntary capacity taking care of the oral health care needs of the underserved; and I see Endodontics as a particularly useful field for caring for these oral health needs of those with fewer resources.
For some time now, I have also been improving my Spanish and I like to think that I will soon be nearing an intermediate level. Learning another language here in the USA that is so predominant among the underserved is especially close to my heart. I have had an especially keen desire to improve my Spanish since one Christmas Eve a few years ago. I was alone in the clinic finishing up with my last patient of the day, the other dentists were home with their families. I heard a commotion at the front desk and someone speaking Spanish in an anguished voice. When I stepped out, I saw a lady in her 50’s in visible pain, requesting that she be tended to. Since it was Christmas eve and already late, the office staff was anxious to leave but prepared the chair before doing so. I called my baby-sitter to enquire about my daughter and went back to work. The X-Rays revealed extensive pus formation. I proceeded to perform RCT after explaining the situation to the patient. I removed the caries, obtained access and extirpated the pulp, drained the pus, irrigated the canal with sodium hypochlorite solution and allowed it to dry. I placed calcium hydroxide medicaments inside the canal and closed with temporary cement. I prescribed antibiotics and pain killer and asked her to come back after a week for follow up and continuing RCT. The shocking and memorable part about this treatment was that I found myself doing the whole thing myself in Spanish, my first time without a translator.
I dearly love the way in which almost every patient brings a new situation or a novel challenge. I have always approached each one as an opportunity to do my best at providing the finest care possible and improving myself at the same. It is this daily novelty and challenge that excites me the most about dentistry, Endodontics in particular. I see my never-ending quest for constant self/professional improvement as intrinsic to my identity. Protecting and preserving tooth structure stands at the center of my world. I even dream about it at night.
One week after that late Christmas Eve night practicing dentistry alone in Spanish, my patient came back on New Years’ Eve, thanking me with tears in her eyes for giving her a pain free week with her grandchildren. I understood her perfectly with no translator. I savor and ponder moments such as these with great frequency because they drive me forward each day.
I thank you for your consideration of my application to a residency position in Endodontics.