Born and raised in a remote village in rural India, I am all too familiar with the profound suffering that results from poverty, especially with respect to the lack of access to education and health care. Neither of my parents got a chance at formal education due to family responsibilities. Yet, the life they have led has inspired me a great deal. My father, with no formal education, can read write and speak three languages including English and he taught my mother to do so as well. The principal educational triumph in my family was scraping together the money to send me to a boarding school where I could acquire a superior education. There, meeting people from other cultures and many different parts of India helped me to appreciate diversity early on.
During the summers of my early teen years, my father would send me to stay with my aunt who is a nurse so that I could go with her to the hospital and observe, which I did, day after day for weeks on end, coming to feel most comfortable in the hospital and absolutely aching to help out with what I could - which was not much at that early stage. As a child, I was very artistic and my paternal uncle, a potter, taught me how to mold art in clay. I spent hours sitting at the pottery wheel, enamored by the amount of precision and patience required to create a simple earthen pot. This was another inspiration for my pursuit of dentistry.
As a dental student, it was my rotation in Endodontics that most stole my heart. While there was nothing easy, especially at first, with opening pulp chambers and finding canals, I stood up to the task from the beginning and distinguished myself in this area. I find enormous satisfaction in relieving the pain of my patients. I very much enjoy the whole process of understanding the psychology of the patient and tailoring your own behavior to deal with the patient’s fears and anxiety. My passion for art and the joy I felt relieving my patients' pain led me to earn my Master’s Degree in Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics.
Serving as class president in my Master’s Program helped me to develop my leadership as well as organizational skills. Due to my special interest in full mouth rehabilitation, I found myself growing especially fond of providing treatments for the elderly. I feel particularly blessed to help older people, seeing them chew their food without difficulty - and smiling.
I am convinced that it is mostly my humble origins that account for my intense devotion to the cause of helping the underserved since I basically came from an entire community of underserved people. Giving back to the most vulnerable members of my community is central to my sense of identity – personal as well as professional - my spirituality, and my sense of moral worth and dignity. I currently lead a team of dental organizations providing bi-annual checkup camps for the students of six large schools. In this way, I am involved in providing free dental care to children almost every weekend. On an informal level, I also teach yoga, meditation, and breathing exercises to help people who suffer from stress and anxiety.
Aesthetic dentistry also stands at the center of my professional dreams and aspirations for continuing to advance in my field after earning doctoral degree. I see an enormous opportunity in the area of Digital Smile Design and I am especially excited by the recent developments in 3D printing in dentistry, CBCT and the use of computer technology generally speaking.
Earning my Master’s Degree helped me to acquire the requisite confidence to work with great efficiency. My hands are now well trained, helping me to excel, particularly with respect to aesthetic restorations. Having opportunities to engage in research helped me to cultivate intellectual independence and confidence in my abilities as a researcher as well as a clinical practitioner. It would be a special privilege to participate in multidisciplinary research projects. I also work as a part of a team in a trauma center. My devotion has helped me to win awards, as the best postgraduate student in 2015 and also two awards for best paper presentations. For these reasons, I am confident in my capacity to eventually find success in my albeit lofty goal: making cutting-edge technology available for treating the underserved.
I crave the multiculturalism and multilingualism of the USA. During the summer of 2018 in the USA, I spent three months shadowing Dr. Mohinder Garg, a successful private practitioner in New Jersey. This experience introduced me to multiple new techniques and got me off to a good start in my study of how dentistry is practiced in North America as compared to India. After earning my doctoral degree and gaining more experience in the USA, I look forward to continuing my education with a professional focus in Endodontics. My career goal is to be an excellent dentist in the US, while being known for providing comprehensive dental solutions, multidisciplinary treatments.
I am convinced that my experience thus far and my solid academic foundation will enable me to excel in your Advanced Standing DDS program.
I thank you for considering my application.