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Indian Applicant, Canada, International Dentist, Mother and Sisters born with Cleft Lip and Palate

Updated: Mar 22

I hope to be selected to study towards the DDS/DMD Degree here in the USA so as to be prepared to make my fullest contribution to my field, Dentistry. In particular, I plan to continue to give myself tirelessly as a volunteer as a well as a professional, especially in my dedication to the cause of oral health education promotion and preventive dentistry. The College of Dentistry at the University of XXXX is my first choice among International Dentist Degree Programs (IDDP) for a variety of reasons, most of all the sheer excellence of your program and my great love for Canada. I am now a permanent resident of Canada and for some time now I have been making Toronto home along with my family.

I have always felt the need to serve as a volunteer, giving something back to the community, and to help those with great need. I have volunteered in many different settings both as a dental student and since my graduation, including hospitals, dental camps, and on committees for various oral-health-related organizations. Knowing that my contribution put a smile on someone’s face, making their life a little easier, makes my day. I have especially fond memories from my volunteer work providing dental education as well as clinical checkups and services to participants. I am currently serving as a volunteer screening for symptoms at XXXX Hospital’s XXXX Cancer Centre and I also volunteer for the Canadian Cancer Society as a fundraiser. Since childhood, I have made jewelry and this helped to prepare me for the intricacy of dentistry. I also dance to unwind, classical Indian dance.

My mom and her sisters were all born with a cleft lip and palate. Since we lived in rural India, she was unable to get corrective surgery until well into adulthood; thus, oral health was a prominent factor in my life from the beginning. After observing the positive impact, the oral surgeon had on my family, I knew I wanted to also give my life to a profession where I could help people improve their oral health. A career in dentistry also appeals to me because I enjoy interacting with and helping diverse people from all walks of life.

My internship was one of the best experiences of my life. It developed my love of evidenced based learning, and of applied knowledge and gave me the opportunity to seriously explore the health care field. During my Dental Practice, I was very fortunate to have a chance to treat under privileged patients and go on to work as a Dental Surgeon for 4 Years. I have published my research in peer-reviewed journals and presented it at national and international conferences. A voracious reader, I stay abreast of developments in dentistry and have taken several CDE courses. After completing my internship as Dentist, I came to more fully realize how much I enjoyed participating in research and this led me to also earn a Master’s Degree in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

It would be an enormous honor for me to be accepted into the especially distinguished IDDP Program at Manitoba University preparing me for a lifetime of cutting-edge work in pursuit of my great passion for dentistry, improving the oral health of our community one person at a time. My student record shows great improvement, and consistency. I have demonstrated through the hard work I have put in that I learn from my mistakes and improve, always working to enhance my teamwork and communication skills. I hope very much to be able to study at Manitoba University because it is such a world-class institution, and because my family and I are very comfortably settled in Toronto.

I could not feel more strongly that access to oral health education and care should not be seen as a privilege, but much more, even as a basic human right, along with clean water, adequate nutrition, and medical care. I appreciate very much how the College of Dentistry at Manitoba University emphasizes the importance of helping the community, something that I believe in very strongly. It is our civic duty to help others in our community, and I feel that this is the case even more so in dentistry. I could not be more excited about the prospect of long hours in dental school encountering a wider variety of complex cases. I hope to be an active participant in your highly commendable outreach program at Manitoba to provide oral health care to some of the underserved members of our community.

By spending time with friends studying OMFS dentistry and by shadowing Canadian dental residents, I have witnessed the commitment, responsibility, and academic rigor that an IDDP program will entail and I am fully prepared to give my very best.

Thank you for considering my application.

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