I keenly hope for and look forward to an opportunity for advanced training in Pediatric Dentistry in the society where it is most developed, the educational experience of the highest order, the USA. Since 2015, I have been gaining various experiences in the U.S in preparation for application to your program to pursue my professional dreams in Pediatric Dentistry in the U.S while I leave others to manage my private practice back home in India. It would be a great honor for me to be selected to your distinguished and competitive program.
Having experienced a full range of emotions, from a childhood injury that resulted in the loss of a tooth, teasing, and restoration, I developed a sheer fascination for the field of dental medicine. But raised in a small town to a family of doctors, I held a natural inclination toward medicine and for alleviating discomfort and illness. And, thanks to an interest in science, my childhood dental experience paved the way for further career exploration of oral healthcare in high school. At this time, I began shadowing a dentist who further shaped my ambition to become a dentist and vision to help patients in pain and those seeking a long lost smile.
After securing a national scholarship in high school, I excelled in dental school as a topmost candidate. In school, I organized several free dental camps independently. I also learned how misconceptions fueled fear and pain and lack of oral hygiene awareness impacted efforts for prevention and early treatment. Additionally, my captaincy of my college basketball team cultivated my teamwork and motivational skills as well.
In dental school, I worked on various research projects and publications. To understand caries removal methods better, I prepared my thesis on comparing the efficacy of chemomechanical caries removal with conventional methods. After graduating as a gold medalist with 4.0 GPA, I knew my journey of restoring young smiles had just begun. And, today after more than 6 years of my pediatric practice, treating kids and providing a smile on their faces has become an indispensable part of my daily life.
In the U.S, I observed Dr. XXXX, DMD in California and recently shadowed Dr. Hollander, DDS, MS in his pediatric dental practice in Missouri. These experiences helped me broaden my understanding of private dental care in the U.S. along with exposure to patients with diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds and how they approach their oral health needs. After volunteering with Give Kids a Smile in Missouri (October 2018), I have increasingly learned a great deal about the role of NGOs on the front lines of global dentistry, particularly in the USA and my home country India. I stay busy with various volunteer activities all related to dentistry and most to children. Even in my spare time, I find myself reading widely about the oral health issues of children in underserved communities, strategies for facing and overcoming financial limitations in particular.
Another especially important aspect of my professional identity is the fact that I have been an active member of the Asia Pacific Dental Federation for last 12 years, since my last year of dental school in India, developing resources for dental education, recommending policies and programs for the promotion of dental health initiatives as well as organizing and helping to run oral health and dental awareness/basic treatment camps. I served as a member of the editorial board of Pediatric Dentistry for two years and I still serve as an assistant editor of their official journal “Asia Pacific Dental Journal.” I have also helped to conduct various CE courses and workshops.
My principle areas of research interest are in the prevention of dental caries in children, bacterial-fungal interaction within biofilms responsible for extreme tooth decay, stem cells, and the growth and development of human dentition. My central focus is on providing preventive oral health care to children from underserved families. Along with my colleagues, for many decades to come, I look forward to organizing educational programs in preventive oral health. I practiced as a pediatric dentist in India at the same time that I taught, mentored research, and continued to volunteer in the community. After gaining advanced education from U.S, I hope to continue with all of these aspects of dentistry throughout my professional lifetime.
When I came to America, I was devoting a lot of time to the oral health of special needs children as a volunteer. Special needs children, with their vast range of symptoms and challenges, for me, are the epiphany of Pediatric Dentistry and the cause that I will assume for my future if given the opportunity to complete your program and give my all to those who need me most.
I have treated a wide variety of clinical pediatric cases, surgical, endodontic, pediatric emergency; I was a part of a craniofacial team and also helped to treat orthodontic cases. I have substantial experience in almost every aspect of Pediatric Dentistry and this will help me to hit the ground running in your program and distinguish myself as a top-tier student.
I thank you for considering my application.