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Foreign-Trained Advanced Placement Personal Statement

Updated: Feb 1

A dentist from India, I only recently moved to the USA on April 4, 2015. I am studying for my Master of Science in Healthcare Management at the University of XXXX in XXXX, California, and will graduate in May 2017. While I have always wanted to practice dentistry hands-on, I believe that my Master’s Degree in Healthcare Management will complement my DDS Degree since I hope to become a manager of dentists at some point in the future in my native India. In this way, I will be able to make my most outstanding contribution to helping the underserved in my country of origin, which is projected to overtake China soon as the most populous nation on earth. India has many challenges, with many poor people and a lot of oral cancer. Based on earning the DDS Degree here in America, I hope to practice dentistry in the USA and India.

I have a dental license from India and worked as a dentist for two years before moving to America to advance my education so that I can become the finest dentist possible because of international training, hopefully earning the DDS Degree in the USA, where our field is the most advanced. I realized early on as a dental student that our medical equipment and technology in India were not comparable to the latest technology and procedures in the USA. I learned a lot about this because I have a close friend who completed his DDS in America and is now practicing in the USA. Being given a chance to excel in your program would allow me to spend a lifetime at the forefront of dentistry, fully immersed in the latest developments concerning dental procedures.

After completing the DDS program in the USA, I want to work as a dentist in the USA for at least five years to become highly experienced. I am convinced that staying to practice in America will help me to make progress towards my long long-term goal of opening my clinic in India, offering the best dental care that I can to patients, rich and poor alike, with particular attention paid to those in most desperate need, without regard to their ability to pay. I want to start my NGO, do fundraising, and hopefully attract volunteers and open more clinics offering free services to the poor who cannot afford treatment. XXXX, my hometown in India, is where I hope to establish my first clinic. More than one hundred villages surround XXXX, and I daydream about expanding my reach so that someday many of these villages also might have clinics. I worked as a dentist for two years in India and have over six thousand hours of experience working with diverse types of patients. I am very patient and, at the same time, confident in performing dental surgeries. I also perform my surgeries fast without losing any quality in performing the surgery. It is essential to be fast and safe in surgeries since there are always a lot of patients to take care of every day in India.

Growing up, I had three supernumerary teeth in the upper arch and one in the lower angle. Kids used to make fun of me. Then my dad took me to the Dentist at age 10, and I was treated for two and a half years. Getting my teeth fixed helped me gain the confidence to do better in school and improve every aspect of my life. Thus, for me, becoming a dentist was a natural choice. Another reason I hope to remain in America for several years after earning my DDS Degree is to pursue further study toward a specialization.

Endodontics is my area of greatest passion and engagement. Hence, after completing your distinguished DDS Program for International Dentists, I also hope to earn a degree and acquire innovative discipline in this area.

Thank you for considering my application.

Foreign-Trained Advanced Placement Personal Statement


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