I seek to build a relationship to Endodontics that is like the best of all possible marriages, a unique, heartfelt connection and multifaceted commitment that increases incrementally over time. I hope to be selected to a residency program in Endodontics because of my track record so far in dentistry, along with my great passion for Endodontics.
I first made the decision to seek advanced training in Endodontics when I was serving as an Associate Dentist in my native India, not long after finishing dental school in my country. When our associate who had been performing endodontic treatments left the clinic, I took her place. At first, I was nervous, but with each new patient to which I administered an endodontic procedure, my confidence grew along with my growing passion for this area of dentistry. Soon, I had fallen in love with the challenge of looking for extra canals, negotiating through calcified canals and successfully completing challenging cases.
One prominent reason why Endodontics has become the center of my world has been the fact that those who need an endodontics procedure often come in excruciating pain. I find their gratitude to be the sweetest possible reward. Nothing excites me more or leaves me feeling more fulfilled than alleviating pain in sustainable ways, freeing my patients from acute pain and saving their teeth at the same time. Eager to gain as much expertise in Endodontics as possible, I also assisted the visiting endodontist in India in surgical cases and complicated non-surgical cases. Concurrently, I attended a six-month general practice residency program that gave me one-on-one training with the endodontic faculty to further improve my skill. I was able to perform 250+ RCTs including primary teeth and retreatments. After four years of clinical practice in India, I moved to the United States.
When I entered the Advanced Standing DDS program at Howard University, it seemed that the more I found out about endodontics, the more there was to learn. I especially appreciate the support of my mentor Dr. Langston Smith, Chair of the Endodontics Department at Howard. As a result of his leadership, I was able to listen to diverse guest lectures given by renowned endodontists. Under Dr. Smith’s guidance, I had the privilege of assisting with a retreatment case. I also discovered exciting technological advantages, like microscopes, which would allow me to more perfectly perform endodontic treatments. For the first time, perfection seemed within my reach and I gave it my all.
Another highlight of my time at Howard was performing patient case reviews under the guidance of Associate Professor of Endodontics Dr. Nathaniel West. In addition to his lectures filled with pearls of wisdom gleaned from decades of practice, he also helped me develop in Endodontics by encouraging me to share my own experiences as a dentist in India and most of all, showing me how to most successfully build on those experiences. My in-depth exposure to Endodontics at Howard very much reaffirmed my dedication to cultivating a lifetime specialization in this area.
For the past 2 years since graduation I have continued to learn from the pioneers, as part of the online community in Endodontics, AAE, Endolit, and I have been taking CE courses from the AAE Live Learning Center. as well as participating at the annual meetings of the AAE in 2017 & 2018.
I am also enrolled in pre-specialty Endodontic training at the University at Buffalo, studying everything from pulp biology to surgery. I hope to complete my didactic curriculum which will prepare me for my endodontic residency, so that I can hit the ground running in the program, with respect to both clinicals and research. When I attended the annual session of the American Association of Endodontists, last month, every lecture revealed important nuances that stayed with me, and I think about them with great frequency, hungry for the prospect of being able to learn more and more from teachers on the cutting edge, becoming an integrated part of the Endodontics community, all of us harnessing our energy together for the achievement of best possible outcomes for our patients. Endodontics represents first and foremost for me, a way to bring healing to patients, but I also seek a lifelong engagement with research and would be most honored to teach as well, at some point in my career.
Currently a general dentist with a private practice, I feel as if I am a “jack of all trades,” who hasn’t truly mastered any of them. I have to call an endodontist for more complex endodontics cases, and while I’ve learned a lot from shadowing this endodontist, I have also developed an overwhelming desire to focus on endodontics myself as my own lifelong specialty and learn how to perfectly complete these treatments myself. I do not want to merely perform root canals with the limited capabilities of a general dentist; I want to become an endodontist who can take full advantage of technological advances, using her knowledge to perform crucial microsurgeries, always seeking to further maximize patient outcome. I thank you for considering my application.