I feel an inner calling to acquire the latest technological knowledge and enhance my skills in the delivery of services so as to be able to realize my fullest potential and make my maximum contribution to society. I feel privileged and blessed to have the opportunity for advanced training in Dentistry in the US, having chosen to move away from my comfort zone. Born in India, I am now a permanent resident of the USA and have been making my home here with my family since 2016. Finishing dental school in India in 2003, I very much enjoyed a full 13 years of practice and research experience. As much of my attention as possible was given to the underserved in India throughout this period. The great oral health challenges faced by India, so many in need and so few resources to work with, helped me to develop great resilience and perseverance. My principal research interests lie in the area of Dental Public Health Education, particularly for the working poor. In addition to earning the doctoral degree in Dentistry and practicing here in the USA for the balance of my professional lifetime, I also want to do all that I can to contribute to the development of strategies to improve the efficiency of oral health care systems in India.
My vast experience in providing oral health services to needy members of the Indian public, especially in rural areas with virtually no access to oral health care, has provided me with an understanding of the depth of the challenges that we face in India in our efforts to care for our underprivileged communities. Thus, I hope to be selected to your extremely competitive doctoral program for International Dentists so as to have the opportunity to give my all to the development of strategies to improve the efficiency of use of oral health resources, especially with respect to underdeveloped countries such as India with large populations. I read widely in a variety of areas related to the issue of access to care, studying certain topics in depth, such as the influence of third party payment mechanisms on the delivery of dental health care services in the US, in the hope of being able to contribute to the adoption of such plans in ways that are commensurate with the realities of poor countries such as India.
An enthusiastic dentist who has permanently relocated to America primarily so as to be able to broaden my professional horizons and realize my fullest potential in Dentistry, my dedication to my profession is unwavering and I hope very much to someday establish my own dentistry practice in the USA, one with a special emphasis on providing care for the indigent and underprivileged to the extent to which I am able.
For me dentistry is more than a profession that provides opportunity to engage with community, create special bond with the population being served, enhance personal knowledge, develop better interpersonal communicative skills, and increases social awareness and responsibility towards community needs. I seek the world-class, well-rounded education in dentistry and oral health care issues that your program can provide. After earning my doctoral degree, I plan to continue my education in dental implants and work in collaboration with technological institutions in finding ways to design and manufacture low-cost implants that could eventually improve the lives of millions if not billions of people world-wide.
I could not be more excited by the prospects of decades to come spent collaborating with the Indian Dental Association and the Indian government to increase access to quality oral care for all people who need it, and enhancing oral health awareness through education, behavior modification, risk education, and disease prevention management. Especially with respect to India, I want to continue my focus on providing mobile dental services to the disabled and the elderly, particularly those with special needs. Towards this end, I am also very well read in the area of mobile dental services, paying especially close attention to those models being developed for the underserved in the Developing World.
Growing up as a child my parents had a profound influence in shaping my character. Leading by example they have introduced me to volunteering in Sri Sathya Sai Seve Organization, India. Volunteering experiences have not only reshaped my values, beliefs, perspectives and vision, but also contributed to become a person with true integrity. As a volunteer, I want to render selfless service with loving care, and with gentle alacrity instilling courage and confidence in the patients. I want to utilize Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organization of India as a platform in promoting oral health awareness to underprivileged communities in India.
Sports help me to develop greater power of observation and the ability to think tactically to overcome an obstacle. I appreciate how they promote my teamwork spirit and ability to lead and inspire others. Playing Cricket, in particular, improves my flexibility and hand-eye coordination.
I thank you for consideration of my application.