Since I see the smile as the principal universal language for expressing human warmth and kindness, being able to contribute to the enhancement and preservation of the smile is something that makes me especially proud to be a dentist. The sense of joy that we can bring to patients and the proximity to perfection that we are now able to deliver, as a result of the advancements that we have made as a profession, never ceases to inspire me forward to greater progress still. Perhaps even especially as a foreign trained dentist, it is vital to ceaselessly cultivate one’s passion and sincerity in provision of dental care.
Born into and raised by a loving, traditional Indian family with a long tradition of public service, from an early age I was groomed to lead a moral and ethical life; and to place a very high value on both public service and humility in particular. My parents always encouraged us in perform at the top of our ability so that we had a good chance at becoming one of the best in the field in which we chose to serve our community. Always excelling in school, I was able to quite successfully compete as a dental student and to distinguish myself for excellence in and out of the classroom, particularly in terms of devotion to helping the underserved.
My first introduction to dentistry as a career option was through a career counseling program held in my high school. This led to an opportunity to shadow and assist Dr. xxxxxx M.D.S for a week in a dental health camp. I watched him closely and helped with anything that I could as he provided dental care to poor people from rural areas for free, something they could not afford otherwise. Their tears of joy while thanking us changed are symbolic of the commitment that I have made to dentistry over the years as a direct result of that inspiration. Even as a high school student, I began to sense and develop a better appreciation of the way that dentistry is a lifetime commitment to communal service – in fact, this is one of the principal aspects that I found so attractive about the idea of becoming a dentist, the way that it is all encompassing.
Confident that I would realize my goal of becoming a dentist as a result of a lot of hard work and study, I received the greatest accolades in Biology, Physics & Chemistry. I took the medical entrance exam of Andhra Pradesh, EAMCET, and ranked among the top 3% of the seventy-five thousand students that sat for the exam in 2005, earning me admission to the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) Program at xxxxxx Institute of Dental Sciences & Research - full scholarship. This provided me with a solid foundation for a lifetime of learning and labor dedicated to attaining the highest possible levels of perfection in all aspects of clinical and academic dentistry.
Throughout the course of my four years in dental school I was exposed to a variety of cases during my clinical rotations. Finishing with an overall GPA of 3.72, I graduated among the top 5% of my class, and placed 1st in the subjects of oral and dental anatomy and histology, pharmacology, orthodontics, and oral and maxillofacial surgery.
An active participant in inter-collegiate sport competitions, seminars, and CDA programs for the Indian Dental Association (IDA_, I also did various paper and poster presentations. Since I am a well-organized and highly communicative person, I was selected to work on the organizing committee hosting the 9th Indian Society of Periodontology National Post-Graduation Convention in 2010, attended by dental professionals from all over India.
I worked at xxxxxx Dental Hospital during my one-year internship where most of the patients were from nearby villages, almost all of them either in severe dental pain and/or suffering from various oral diseases resulting from tobacco consumption. An anti-tobacco crusader, I did everything that I could to also impress upon them the importance of oral hygiene, and how it serves to promote tobacco abstinence and oral health. Conducting dental health awareness camps and workshops for children in nearby schools was another salient highlight of my preparation.
After getting married I moved to the US and began observing Dr. xxxx, DDS, becoming rapidly enamored with the sophisticated nature of dental practice in the USA and the higher level of general dental health awareness compared to my home country of India. Since arriving in America 4 years ago, I have learned a great deal about healthcare process, the broad variety of diagnostics options, insurance coverage, and the documentation behind the treatment plans of each patient.
My husband being an expat, I had to move back to India for more than a year while he was working outside the USA on business so I accepted a position as a resident at the xxxxxx Super Speciality Dental Hospital in India working under the guidance of Dr. xxxxx, who was also the chairman of the hospital. Apart from performing various general and cosmetic dental procedures, I got the opportunity to assist in several more complex procedures such as surgical treatment of cysts and tumors, ankylosis, impaction, GTR membrane placement as well as the removal of necrotic bone from maxilla in a patient with osteonecrosis. Now that I am gaining extensive experience here in the USA as a volunteer Dental Assistant, I am keen to return to higher studies so as to realize my fullest professional fruition as a DDS here in America.
Earning my DDS will empower me to realize my dreams of spending the balance of my professional life providing optimal oral healthcare to as many people as I can, helping to increase oral healthcare awareness, and provide early screening for oral cancers. I want to motivate people to be active participants in their own oral hygiene and health. No other field ever has nor ever could bring the same level of personal, spiritual or professional satisfaction as dentistry to me and I look forward to serving in the US as a dental professional with great eagerness.
Thank you for your time and consideration to my application.