I feel strongly that I should be selected for admission to the XXXX IDP Program over other applicants with similar qualifications because of my dedication to the underserved, globally speaking, especially in my native India, where I was born, raised, completed dental school, and practiced dentistry. I recently (May 2016) earned my MHA Degree at the University of XXXX, graduating with a GPA of 4.0.
I spent nearly three years practicing as a full-time dentist in India and volunteering for several community camps in rural parts of the country. I was struck by the simple lack of awareness of oral health care principles and necessities. Later, while working with the underserved in San Antonio, Texas, I came to understand that many people end up suffering throughout their lives because they were unaware of the fact that they needed treatment at the time when that treatment could have been effective. Ultimately, I was motivated to excel in health care management to learn how to contribute most effectively to raising awareness among the underserved concerning the extent to which dental treatment is needed and available. I could not be more focused on the importance of early intervention.
The most vital aspect of my application is probably my grasp of dentistry from the perspective of public health management. My development in this area results from and dovetails nicely with my dedication to the underserved in India. The fact that India is poised to overtake China as the most populous nation on earth within a few years - at the same time that we have some of the world’s highest rates of both oral cancer and a wide range of other oral health challenges – underscores my sense of urgency and determination.
I now have two years of experience in dentistry here in the USA, providing me with an advancing grasp of dentistry as a state-of-the-art practice and experience with patients from highly diverse cultures, values, and belief structures. I am also highly familiar with dental insurance processes and issues, health policy, OSHA requirements, and HIPAA restrictions. I am fascinated by how dentistry in the USA rapidly evolved into an industry of sizeable dental clinic chains. I see UX as a perfect location for me to continue studying this trend up close and learn more about this area from this area industry leaders.
When I was preparing for my CLARION Inter-Professional Case Competition at the University of XXXX, I came to more fully appreciate the structural nature of the lack of access to dental care and the way that it is often primarily determined along racial lines, as a result of my study of Native American populations, comparing rates of Native American access to dental care in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota with the situation in South Dakota. I want to become a champion of the underserved in India and here in America. After earning my DDS, I hope to have the privilege of engaging with the cause of improving access to oral health care for Native Americans, utilizing my clinical and management skills in the development of programs to retain dentists in areas of high need where most Native American populations reside. XXXX is also an ideal location for me to continue learning as much as possible about diversity and social justice issues in dentistry.
While I have contributed in one way or another to a wide variety of research projects in America and India, my most salient area of investigation has been water fluoridation. There is a deep concern worldwide concerning its safety. For this reason, my list of publications includes an article in the International Journal of Innovative Research Studies (IJIRS) on the relationship between water fluoridation and health policy. My ultimate contribution lies in the area of oral health care management. My heart will always be in India, and I want to engage in both arenas for the balance of my professional life. For me, structures of oral health care in the USA, while they certainly have their faults, serve as progressive models upon which desperately needed progress can also be made in India.
I see myself assuming a leadership role in a nonprofit dental organization that serves the underserved and underinsured. I have experience with a dental camp organized by the NYU Dental School in Kutch Gujrat as a part of their Global Initiative, working with the most delicate equipment that I had yet held in my hands. This further enhanced my determination to seek further professional advancement in America.
Upon my arrival in the USA, I continued to volunteer, spending six months assisting dentists at the XXXX Dental Clinic, setting up trays, sterilizing instruments and workspace, preparing primary casts, taking immediate impressions, and assisting with suction during dental procedures.
I love what I do and I thank you for considering my application.