I understood the importance of a simple smile very early in my life. My dental imperfections made me a very self-conscious and shy child growing up. Crowded teeth with my love for chocolates, made me an early visitor to the dentist. I vividly remember Dr. XXXX who knew exactly how to handle a scared and shy child like myself. An Orthodontist by specialization, he made the procedure so painless and fun, that I actually looked forward to going to his clinic every time. This transformation not only boosted my confidence but I felt like a different person with a new, much more positive appearance. This experience left such a positive imprint on me that dentists became my personal heroes and I have seen dentistry as an especially glorious calling ever since. What was initially a childhood fantasy soon shaped into my ambition. To further explore the field before making a career choice, I volunteered at Dr. XXXX’s clinic after high school. ”Philosophy begins in wonder”, said Pluto and so did my romance with Dentistry. For the past year I have been making a new home with my husband in Chicago and giving my all to learning everything that I can about dentistry in the USA.
India has some of the highest oral cancer rates in the world and for this reason I have been heavily engaged for many years now in this struggle. This probably also helps explain why I ended up marrying the man that I did, a medical doctor and an oncologist. We spent a lot of time talking about cancer; for us, the struggle against cancer is very romantic- standing at the center of our world. The greatest possible contribution to global society that I can imagine making would be to give my all for the balance of my professional life to the study and advancement of dental oncology. Of course, the logical next step is for me to earn the DDS or DMD degree so as to have the cutting professional knowledge and education that I need to excel on the cutting edge of this field.
After completing dental school, I hope to pursue a fellowship in Dental Oncology. My extremely high level of motivation to pursue this area of dentistry was enhanced still further by helping my uncle to deal with and ultimately survive oral cancer – nothing has ever brought me such profound joy as this personal experience in dentistry. I have also worked with cancer patients as a volunteer at AIMS cancer center in India and I am very well read generally speaking in the areas of radiotherapy, chemotherapy, and surgery for head and neck cancer.
Throughout my practice so far, I have had the privilege of working with underserved populations and have gradually come to better understand the complexity of the challenges that they face, most of all an abysmal lack of awareness of the importance of dental hygiene and oral health care. I have passion for teaching and research and I look forward to someday serving in an academic institution where I can have a balance between clinical, teaching and research responsibilities.
Very little is known about the field of Dental Oncology in India. Thus, I have the long-term goal of organizing workshops for dentists in India concerning how to care for these patients. I stay in touch and involved with the cancer center where I volunteered in India and look forward at some point to helping establish a specialized dental unit there for underserved populations especially hard hit by oral cancer.
I feel that I am a competitive applicant for your program because I am an experienced and extremely hard working dentist with 5 years of experience in India before coming to America. I feel confident and prepared for the rigors and commitment to succeed in a world-class dental program.
I thank you for considering my application.