Since finishing dental school in my native India earlier this year, 2016, I have been researching ways to continue to advance my career academically, along with acquiring additional clinical experience. As a dental student, I worked extremely hard at helping to organize dental camps with screenings and treatment in rural areas, along with my friends from dental school. We held diagnostic camps and oral prophylaxis camps in government-sponsored schools for poor children, health camps, anti-tobacco drives, etc. During my internship with the Department of Public Dentistry, I assisted my Principal Dr. XXXXX and the Director of Public Health Dentistry, Dr. XXXX, in their noble initiative of adopting a village: XXXX. We took care of all the villagers oral health care needs at no charge and conducted awareness programs, so as to better educate the general population concerning the right techniques for brushing. Since graduation one year ago, I have been working in a clinic.
My long term objectives include establishing a dental clinic in India that caters to the needs of poor working people, making my clinic a pilot experiment that seeks to become sustainable at the same time that we attend to virtually everyone who walks through the door. The first pilot clinic will be located strategically so as to be accessible to large rural areas of the country that lack oral health care resources. Earning the DDS Degree will help me to realize this goal in many ways, becoming a fully international dentist with the terminal degree in my field from the USA. This will provide me with the tools and professional maturaty to make my maximum contribution to the underserved.
Playing with dummy stethoscopes and plastic, surgical knives as a toddler, I have wanted to become a health care professional virtually for as long as I can remember. By early adolescence, I wanted to become a surgeon, and by the time that I was in High School I knew that I would choose and give my all to the most challenging surgery of all, oral surgery. I began to see patients in my 3rd year of dentistry on my clinical rotations, when I became witness to children in need of oral surgery and/or another treatment that were denied that treatment because they did not have the money to pay, long lines of people waiting in line with small children in great need of attention. It was at this point that my destiny first became most clear.
I took part in several diagnostic as well as restoration camps, along with prophylaxis camps in several schools and old age homes. I co-authored a review paper that was published in FDI, an international journal, "Implants: always a success?" I helped to spearhead my Prime Minister's ambitious "Swatch Bharath Abhiyan" (a pan-India cleanliness drive) in my community near my dental college. I led a large group of of dental interns to clean up polluted areas in and around the college. We educated as many people as we could about the importance of hygiene. I took part in several blood donation campaigns and volunteered for the 'pink ribbon walk', a breast cancer awareness run. Perhaps the greatest single highlight of my career was visiting the US and staying there for 5 months on a business visa, seeing and studying the country and completing an observership with Dr. XXXX, a renowned Prosthodontist based in Philadelphia. For the past several months I have continued to learn each day, working for one of my former professors in his dental clinic.
My finest moments have included assisting my professors in the treatment of trauma victims, helping my Prosthodontics professor with a research project, and being listed as co-author of another paper that was published in an international journal. A 1-month observership under XXXX at Prosthodontics Ltd., in Philadelphia, taught me more than I could imagine especially valuable was what I learned concerning sterilization protocol in the USA. During my internship, I volunteered to work part time alongside XXXX XXXX, my mentor in Periodontics. Later, he would hire me as a clinical dental surgeon in his clinic, as soon as I graduated. I still work in his clinic.
In addition to continuing to publish in the area of implants, I also look forward to doing research concerning pre-cancerous lesions, as well as a professional lifetime of devotion to the cause of raising public oral health awareness. The major challenge in India is to surmount the ignorance of people concerning oral health, especially in rural areas.
I have also studied music intensively and I sing Indian Classical Music, sometimes to my patients, especially the little ones as it helps to calm them down and distract them from the procedures. For many years, I have taught school on Sundays to children that cannot afford to go to school. Many, as young as six or seven years old, work long hours doing whatever they can to survive through the week.
I thank you for considering my application to your competitive DDS Program.