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Indian IDP Applicant, Bound for OMFS, Learning Spanish for the Underserved

Updated: Mar 24

An experienced dentist from India, since March of 2018 I have been making a new home with my husband in Portland, Oregon, and I hope very much to be selected for your doctoral program for international dentists. I hope to restart my career here in the United States, taking full advantage of the enormous learning opportunities that present themselves to dentists like me who could not be more fully devoted to lifelong learning. My husband and I adore the diversity of America and Seattle, in particular. We are learning Spanish together and making rapid progress, since both of us are looking forward to using this language for professional purposes in addition to English. For my part, I am most enthused about the opportunities that present themselves to care for the oral health needs of the large immigrant community in Seattle, with Spanish widely spoken as a first language among our city’s underserved populations. No where do I feel quite so fully alive and engaged as I do in a free dental clinic that helps large numbers of underserved.

Since I have arrived in the US, I have been shadowing an excellent dentist at Kaiser Permanente which will help me to hit the ground running in your program and distinguish myself as a fast and dedicated learner. I have also just recently passed my boards, also helping me to get acquainted with the cutting-edge way that dentistry is practiced in America. I consider my move to America to be something more than a change of location, since I feel very committed to my adopted country. This is one of the major reasons why I am thinking seriously about working towards a career in the US military, putting my dental skills at the service of my country, as an exercise in patriotic service as well as professional advancement in my field.

After earning my doctoral degree in dentistry, I hope to continue my studies in the area of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. I have had marvelous mentors and I have always been a very good student, at or very near the top of my class, in dental school as well as K-12. Oral and Maxillofacial surgery has been my area of greatest passion since I began dental school, even before. As a student, I was always seeking out opportunities to observe and assist in the surgery department. By showering them with warmth and attention, I bonded, in particular, with many of the patients who were seniors; and I soon found myself performing a few minor, oral surgical procedures myself.

I spent a great amount of time during my undergraduate studies working on various educational projects and dental screening camps. I went to primary schools in backward villages on a Global Hand Washing Day with my team, educating families about proper hygiene and handwashing techniques. I have been many times to orphanages with oral health awareness and treatment initiatives, and attended a myriad of social events and fundraisers for oral health causes, including many 5k and 10k runs. I helped to plant hundreds of trees on my campus with the theme 'Go Green Day'. I'm currently doing volunteer work in Portland, Oregon with the American Red Cross and the American Cancer Society.

As a dental student, I finished with the rank of 7th for my entire state in India. I am also very proud of the merit award that I received from the Indian Society of Periodontology. I stay abreast, constantly reading articles in the Journal of the American Dental Association and the International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. I was active in helping out with several research projects in dental school, particularly in the area of medical emergencies and I still read widely in this area with respect to oral surgery. I have presented papers and posters, at state and national dental conferences and workshops. In addition to Maxillofacial surgery I am also very much engaged with the study of aesthetic rehabilitation/reconstruction, and the management of trigeminal neuralgia since a close member of my family was stricken with this disease.

I am pleased to have gained extensive experience in India before coming to America, working with advanced equipment and managing a team of sterilization techs, dental assistants, lab personnel etc. I also became adept at Implantology. Now, I especially look forward to participating in research concerning the reconstruction of face, lips, and jaws particularly as part of the battle against cancer and debilitating infections.

Some of my finest moments so far were spent serving on the committee of a magazine published by my dental school, organizing events and competitions, finalizing winners and runners and promoting our cultural festivals. Highly trained in Indian classical dance, I have performed on many occasions and consistently won first place among my fellow dental students. I unwind and refresh dancing, preparing my mind, heart, and soul for the next day giving my all to dentistry.

Thank you for considering my application.

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