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IDP Application, Indian, Long Term Goal: Prosthodontics

Updated: Mar 24

A dentist from India, since I came to America to make it my permanent home in 2015, I have been devoting myself almost entirely to learning all that I can about how dentistry is practiced in the USA. It is my sincere hope to be selected to attend your distinguished DDS/DMD program so that I can practice dentistry here by taking full advantage of the vast educational resources that exist in my field. Further along, after earning the doctoral degree in my field, I plan to devote myself for many decades to come to Prosthodontics, which I have known for years is the specialty that I hope to pursue further.

I have faced challenges here in the USA, becoming divorced for example, so as to have the freedom to give my all to dentistry 24/7. First, I became an EFDA and earned my radiology license, as well as a BLS certificate. I started working two full-time jobs as an EFDA at two different dental settings, assisting dentists with four-handed dental procedures, crown and bridge work, implant placements and bone grafts, sedation dentistry, Cerec crowns, flap surgeries along with connective tissue grafts, wisdom teeth, extractions, fillings, etc. I feel encouraged by the positive feedback I've received on my work ethic and my effective communication with patients. I also volunteer at the Indiana Mission of Mercy, and I went on a dental mission trip to the Dominican Republic. Especially eager to learn, I completed 55 hours of CE credits in medicine and dentistry. I need thorough training in dentistry to achieve my goal of becoming a successful dentist and to address community oral health issues, so my current goal is to earn a DDS/DMD and then pursue a postgraduate residency in Prosthodontics. I look forward to applying my qualifications and capabilities to any opportunity to be part of your dental program.

I want to provide the highest quality of dental care possible to my patients - for many decades to come - working with diverse multicultural populations. I thrive on the diversity of both clinical scenarios and patients and I am especially devoted to the cause of providing dental care to the underserved. I see myself helping out on a volunteer level as central to my career, through participation in community outreach programs to provide care for those who lack access. In this way, I can give something back to my society and those who are most vulnerable among us. At some point I also hope to open my own private practice providing numerous treatment options from routine preventive through restorative dentistry: implants, digital dentistry, CAD-CAM, with special attention to the esthetic aspects of full mouth rehabilitation.

After finishing dental school and before immigrating to America, I worked as an associate dentist at two different dental practices in India; in both positions I had ample opportunity to labor on behalf of preventive as well as restorative dentistry. At one clinic I completed countless surgical extractions, alveoloplasties and also assisted surgeons in the management of traumatic injuries and implant placements. At another practice, I worked on many bridges and veneers, as well as developing a much better understanding of Endodontics.

I am especially thankful for the experience that I have gained in the USA as I feel strongly that it prepares me to hit the ground running in your program and excel, with a solid foundation upon which to build. I find myself reading a lot in my spare time about dental materials and I hope to engage with research in this area in particular, helping to lay foundations for advancements in dentistry tomorrow. I have always been a good student and I focused on dentistry as my chosen profession while still a teenager, for a variety of reasons, most of all my profound respect and admiration for the dentist as someone who takes away pain and makes life enjoyable again for their patients. It was also personal for me at a delicate age, having four teeth removed followed by Orthodontics treatment. This was the center of my world at the time and my doctor was wonderful. I exuberantly thanked my father for bringing me to this wonderworker who had given me the confidence of a beautiful smile and the freedom to laugh out loud, unrestrained.

After High School I excelled at my entrance exams and was admitted to and completed the program at one of my country’s most prestigious dental schools. I pursued my dream with great passion, gaining a solid foundation in my field. I am especially proud of the fact that my efforts were recognized by winning a gold medal in one of my favorite subjects, Dental Materials and Conservative Dentistry. I also enriched myself through additional community involvement. Throughout dental school, I found profound meaning and a sense of purpose in providing free dental care and imparting oral health knowledge. My participation in outreach programs increased my effectiveness at communicating with patients and developing heart-warming relationships.

After completing dental school, I began working under the guidance of my principal mentor early on, Dr. XXXX, an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, at his clinic in Patiala, Punjab. Next, I worked at an even more developed clinic with Dr. XXXX, an endodontist, and Dr. XXXX, a prosthodontist. This was a great opportunity to work with reputable doctors in a modernized clinic within the busy city of Chandigarh, India. As they had both completed graduate programs in the United States, Dr. XXXX and Dr. XXXX fanned the flames of my interest in doing the same, sharing stories of high-quality education with modern facilities containing advanced equipment that empowered students to learn the latest dental techniques.

I thank you for considering my application.

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