A dentist from India making her home in America, I am thankful that I spent nearly a year practicing dentistry in India, in 2011, before coming to America, as this helps to keep me humble and always thankful for the bountiful resources that we enjoy in our profession here in the USA. I am currently a dental resident at Bellevue Hospital (July 2017 – June 2018) where I have been growing tremendously as a professional through a great deal of clinical exposure to a highly diverse patient population at a large city hospital, attending to emergency oral care including dental trauma, geriatric patients, hospitalized patients with compromised medical conditions, and patients in a community dental setting. I am especially passionate about opportunities to treat those patients who are physically and developmentally disabled, particularly with respect to oral surgery. I cannot wait to arrive at Bellevue each morning.
I am applying for a residency position in Endodontics and hope to earn a certificate in this area because I want to make this area of dentistry my special life’s work, saving teeth and alleviating pain. I take great pride in my patience and determination alongside advanced motor and tactile skills – always dedicated to precision. A perfectionist by nature, there is something about working within the scope of millimeters in the root canal system that really excites me. It is also very gratifying to alleviate excruciating pain and provide relief. As a general dentist, I am very conservative in my treatment approach and Endodontics aligns well with my professional instincts and heart as concerns treatment planning. I look forward to a long professional lifetime of engagement with medically compromised patients in particular. I could not be more thankful for my residency position at Bellevue where I am gaining a lot of familiarity with the challenges of associated with the treatment of special needs patients.
Earning my DDS Degree as an international dentist was not the only hurdle that I have faced since my arrival to America. It took me a little bit longer than would have otherwise been the case because I spent a year studying towards the MBA Degree, finishing my first year with a GPA of 3.9. I did this, however, largely under pressure from my husband and in-laws. I am now divorced, and I am most clear about where my heart is: Endodontics. I do believe, however, that much of what I learned in my MBA program will also be beneficial to me throughout the course of my career in dentistry.
It pains my heart to see patients every day that opt for extraction as opposed to saving the tooth with root canal therapy, for a variety of reasons, most financial. Acquiring an advanced education in Endodontics would give me the opportunity and the skills that I need to give my fullest measure as an oral health professional and as much time as possible on a volunteer basis. Giving back to the community has been a key component of my upbringing. My mother was the president of a non-profit organization for cancer patients in India called Prerna. Every year during summer break I worked with my mother to organize events for these terminally ill patients, running support groups, fundraising, celebrating festivals with them and devoting a great deal of my time to the cause. In fact, the vast opportunity to be of great service to underprivileged members of my society was the single greatest reason why I chose dentistry as my vocation. Thus, it was a special joy for me to participate in numerous dental camps in rural India.
I love spending hours inside tiny spaces, handling delicate parts with great care and utmost attention to minute detail. I also very much enjoy communicating effectively with patients, comforting them, and winning their trust as well as learning and trying out new techniques and materials. I joined hands with Kinder Smile Foundation (KSF), a non-profit organization that provides oral health care to underserved children and pregnant women. KSF bit me like a bug. Even though I cannot practice dentistry here in the States, I rendered my services to KSF every other way I could. My work with the KSF provided me with a way to stay in touch with my profession, constantly reminding me of my central purpose in life, forming in my mind the vision of the kind of distinguished excellence that I aspire to here in the USA.
I came to the USA skilled in implantology and restorations, full mouth rehabilitation cases, crowns, veneers, restorations, periodontal surgery, and complex prosthetic cases. Then, KSF provided me with opportunities to interact with dentists here in America and to learn a great deal about state-of-the-art techniques, patient management and communication systems, treatment protocols, ethics, and dental conduct. This helped me to excel in my DDS program and will drive me forward now towards the fullest dedication to and appreciation of Endodontics. I hope to fully engage in my contribution to research as well, both in your program and beyond. I am especially excited about the prospect of participating in research concerning the microbiology of the root canal system.
I thank you for considering my application to your distinguished residency program in Endodontics.