By the time that I finished my 3rd year of dental school at King Abdulaziz University, I knew that the area in which I wanted to specialize was Endodontics. During my 3rd year I began observing and assisting in a private clinic working in support of a distinguished General Dentist , Dr. Jamal Alharaki. Since that time, I have spent my free time mostly reading about Endodontics; and I could not be more excited about the prospect of being selected for a position in the USA that would provide me with advanced training in this area of dentistry.
In my 4th year of dental school, my world lit up like a videogame, and the highest moments of my life to that point I spent in what we call our “Phantom Lab,” where much of our efforts were devoted to Endodontics. The more competent and practiced I became in the basics of endo, the more I began to experience a great deal of joy that comes from finding one’s calling or vocation. My profound love for Endodontics makes me feel whole and fulfilled, fully dedicated to lifelong education and immersion – research as well as practice, in Endo.
In my 5th year, while completing my final requirements, I gave it my all and put in a great deal of extra work, striving for excellence, in particular, on the clinical exam. I ran up against a special challenge with tooth number #14, with 2 canals and a vertucci type II. I was stressed, but especially pleased to have met that challenge in a skillful fashion. I came to a fuller appreciation on that occasion of the way that endo is full of surprises and I have come to crave the challenges it presents.
I very much enjoyed participating in a summer training program in endo in a specialty hospital in Jeddah following my completion of dental school. I kept training and improving my skill. Afterwards, I gave my all to to an internship program where I had the marvelous opportunity of assisting three distinguished endodontists: Drs XXXX and XXXXl; learning a great deal about Endodontics from all three. Some of the research to which I contributed resulted in my opportunity to make a poster presentation that was very well received. My love for Endodontics deepened still further.
Volunteer service stands at the core of my self-understanding as a dentist. I have long engaged in a variety of volunteer activities in the promotion of oral health both prior to and after completing dental school. After graduating, I continued to enhance my knowledge and skill in endodontics and became a supervisor and instructor for serving in the CCC or ER, helping them to solve many of their more complex cases. I volunteered to serve with no pay in our interns’ office for 10 months after graduation, helping in the office as well as the clinic. I am currently serving as a Teaching Assistant in Endodontics at Alfrabi College and continue to devote many hours each week to my volunteer service, working in a private clinic in the evenings.
I have developed an especially close relationship for some time now with the King Fahad Armed Forces Hospital where I have learned a great deal, especially in the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department where I have had the privilege of attending to a broad variety of different types of cases and patients. I have learned to function at my best under high pressure and stress; serving in a busy hospital on the front lines of attention to victims of accidents, political violence, prisoners, etc. Some of my patients have lost eyes or have been near death, almost always presenting very serious and unique challenges.
My central professional goal in life, in addition to practicing endodontics, is increasing awareness in the community of the importance of oral health generally speaking and endodontic treatment. I hope to progressively be able to devote countless hours to oral health education in the community as my career progresses. In this way, I hope to make important, structural, and sustainable contributions to the oral health of my community in Saudi Arabia and I very appreciate your attention to my application to develop special skills to empower me to do so in the critically important area of Endodontics.
In addition to working to increase the awareness of the importance of Endodontic treatment in the community, I also look forward to a long professional lifetime teaching Endodontics in Saudi Arabia and passing on the torch to new generations of Endodontists in my country and working in close coordination with our Ministry of Health. I have been integrally involved in the resolution of many complex cases, often with medically compromised patients; and this will help me to hit the ground running and excel in your program. I am especially adept at Endodontics and look forward to excelling in this area in particular.
I thank you for considering my application to your distinguished program in Endodontics.