A young woman and a dentist from India, I have been making a new home in the USA for the past two-and-a-half years. I left India at the age of 22, shortly after finishing dental school; so I have not yet had the opportunity to gain much practical experience in dentistry. I have been working diligently for some time now towards the completion of my Master’s of Science Degree in Administration (MSA) at XXXX University. My heart is devoted to the pursuit of Pediatric Dentistry and I am convinced that my MSA Degree will help me to make my fullest contribution to oral health in this area, especially with respect to my voluntary contribution to the underserved, here in the USA as well as back home in India.
My heart has been devoted deep down to Pediatric Dentistry since my days as a dental student. I hope very much to be interviewed as a candidate for participation in your distinguished Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry at XXXX University. I have had my heart set on Tufts for a long time and it would be a profound honor for me to continue my professional studies at Tufts, towards the end of serving as a Pediatric Dentist here in the USA. I am convinced that I will be able to hit the ground running and distinguish myself.
I have recently begun volunteering to help with administrative organization at the Kids Smiles Clinic in XXXX, Ohio. I find a special joy helping a clinic that charges patients on a sliding scale, a few completely free of charge and many for as little as US$10.00. After earning my Master’s Degree in Pediatric Dentistry at XXXX, I hope to progressively give more and more of my time to volunteer activities for these kinds of clinics, as a Pediatric Dentist, pursuing opportunities in India as well as America. My long-term goal is to someday teach Pediatric Dentistry, probably at a Dental College in India.
My other lifelong professional goals include staying abreast of all major advances in Dentistry as well as doing everything that I can to advance education in our field at every level, helping everyone with whom I come into contact to better appreciate the critical importance of oral health. I look forward to serving on the forefront of advancements in Pediatric Dentistry in India, especially with respect to technology. A fast learner, I have great zeal for learning as much as I can about new technology in dentistry. Committed, sincere, goal oriented, and at my best handling stressful situations, I am always patient-friendly because my central dream is giving my all 24/7 as a Pediatric Dentist for the balance of my professional life, sending my little patients home with a healthy smile day after day. Once I have several years of experience practicing as a Pediatric Dentist, I would like to become affiliated with a dental university in India and help them to conduct educational outreach programs.
I attended ONCOGRID camps in India where we as dental interns travelled to rural areas in south India and did oral screening for pre-cancerous lesions. During that time, I had a chance to talk to people about their knowledge in oral hygiene. Few even bothered to brush daily. Many if not most of the adult males consume tobacco and related products which goes a long way to explaining why India has some of the highest oral cancer rates in the world. The critical nature of the situation is magnified by the fact that India is expected to overtake China as the world’s most populous nation by mid-century. It is frustrating to reflect on how very little awareness the Indian people have, generally speaking, and how great the need is for oral health public education, especially as directed towards children.
Without dentistry, my identity is no longer complete. The mastery of dental technology to provide the highest quality of care possible at the same time that chair side time is reduced has become the center of world and what excites me most. I have continued to learn a great deal about dentistry, as part of the larger American health care system, as a Master’s student in the area of Health Services Administration. I have also had the opportunity to become Americanized as a health care professional, learning a great deal about all aspects of health care in the USA from practice through insurance.
I thank you from the bottom of my heart for considering my application.